Authors suspect that the self-publishing revolution has changed the face of publishing but getting information on what has changed–and what is still changing–can be tough. Part of the purpose of this blog is to keep you updated about what’s happening right now.
Self-publishing is a role that many more authors are considering. Bestselling authors are turning away from traditional houses to go that route. But they have built-in fan bases that make it easier for them to succeed. First-time authors should still closely consider the traditional publisher as part of their team. Build for a bit then reconsider self-publishing.
One of the big ways self-publishing has changed things is the understanding that traditional publishers don’t always see the light. They know that a work has quality but might not understand how to market it…or even believe there is a market. Self-publishing something means you can approach publishers later with proven sales figures noted in a query and book proposal.
Unfortunately, self-publishing has also means a lot of people whose goals are better suited to publishing traditionally go the self-pub route. They spend too much money on layout, cover art, setup fees, distribution and marketing efforts only to sell a handful of copies. Knowing which path is best for you–and when to pursue both traditional and self-publishing at the same time–comes from knowing the market, your own goals, trends across publishing and the broader entertainment field, knowing what e-books and print books and even magazines and newspapers are doing, and a host of other things. Writer’s Resource constantly tracks these arenas. No matter when you need to make that decision, call or email for a consultation. Launching on the right path will help you meet your career goals more quickly!