While I should be writing or reviewing other people stories, I got off on a tangent of the marketability of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. In the past, I felt that it was important to self-publishing because of the fear that a traditional publisher would try to force me to market my book for the sake of making money.
But, a recent report suggests that writers who do both self-publishing and traditional publishing have greater success. This has got me to rethink my marketing strategy. While the concern I have of changing my story for marketability for traditional publishing, I think I should be open to the possibility of still doing it if I want a long term career.
So my new plan is as follows:
- In 2014, I will publish a series of short stories and self-publish them for Amazon, Lulu, and Smashword ebook sites (and any others that I find). This will help me build brand identity and create a following of fans
- Starting in 2015, I will try to get a few of my short stories and my novels to be published traditionally, and those that get rejected, self-publish instead.
I do not expect overnight success for my writing and am willing to put in the work required to become successful, but having a plan to how to pursue this I know is a good first step.
I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.