Traditional Publishing or Not to Self-Publish

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

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2 comments

  1. I am also going the self-publishing route. I have done a lot of research. I also have a lot of books on it as well as marketing my books. I wish you the best of luck with your journey into getting your works to print.

    • mad_cat says:

      I would be interested to find out what kind of stories you do and if there is any way we can help each other market our works, provided our works are compatible.

      I also wish you luck in your goals.

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