So you’ve written a book and it is ready for publication. Congratulations! The first thing to know is that every author’s path to publishing is unique, just like every author’s writing process is unique. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for the next person.
The main point here is to make sure that you take the time to figure out what it is you really want and then take the path that is best for you. Remember that publishing is a business. You, the author, are the brand, and your books are the product. Regardless of publishing with the Big 5, an independent press, or deciding to self-publish, you are a business. It’s time to start thinking of yourself that way.
Look at the paths and make a business decision based on what is best for you, and what you can reasonably achieve. Whichever path you choose, if it is based on research, and is a sound business decision based on your personal business, and I support your decision.
In the next couple posts, will talk about the similarities and differences between the three paths to publishing.
You might think that there are no similarities between self-publishing and traditional publishing, but there are. Let’s look at the two similarities below.
- Regardless of the publishing path you take, THE absolute most important thing that you do is write a story that will appeal to readers. Remember publishing is a business and ultimately it is about selling books. If you are going to spend a month, a year, ten years writing your story for readers, make sure that the book will meet reader’s expectations. This means that you have consistently learned writing craft and you are clear on the requirements of your genre.
- Everybody Markets. I hear groans, but it’s true. Everybody markets. Next time I will go into the details of why everybody markets and why it is so important.
Next: Self-Pub, Indie-Pub, or Big 5? Part 3