Is there any reason to go with traditional publishing.

  1. I would add that trad-pub is a better route for non-commercial fiction that isn't as easy to market with a catchy blurb on Amazon or with ads (like a poetry compilation or a litfic novel). In those spaces, trad-pub is an established arbiter of taste and has a direct pipeline to an audience that is otherwise difficult to access.

  2. Also, you actually get the most amount of support when you are a debut, and then it tends to diminish if the sales aren't there.

  3. A trad publisher almost guarantees that the version of your book in front of the public is the best (i.e. most salable) version you can get. Their methods are industry standard, and trying to duplicate them on your own ends up butting into lack of knowledge on your end, lack of resources (because most--not all--of the best editors are already on salary at a trad publisher instead of fishing for pay-by-word gigs), and economies of scale that self-publishing can't match.

  4. For the editor's comment, I'd say it's a bell curve. Most good to great editors prefer having a fixed salary, but the amazing ones get more benefits from freelancing their work. Then, there's the lot of rookie ones whose work I cannot comment on, as I don't know all of them, but are often below the level of skill that you'd expect from a professional.

  5. as with most things, it depends. self-pub is more control, but the marketing and publicizing is a full time job in its own right. and it means you aren't writing in the time you're trying to figure that out. you also likely lack the network to shop your book around; realistically, you should expect your first book, maybe first few books, to sell very little, and essentially become the platform you later launch a bigger work off of.

  6. if you can trad publish, you should. but it’s as hard as trying to become a successful rapper or streamer or something. a million people vying for a hand full of available slots.

  7. Traditional publishing pays you, always. You take home an advance weather the book flops or not. Self-publishing requires an upfront cost in terms of just getting your book out there, and it is (imo) less likely to pay off in the end.

  8. If you want to maximise sales and earnings, it is usually worth rolling the dice with traditional publishing.

  9. I guess it's the same thing with any company. My company charges clients 200 an hour, and I am paid 50 an hour. What about those other 150? I do all the work for them. Sometimes we hire freelancers that charge 100 an hour.

  10. I self published after considering a couple of options. I was also offered other trad routes after self publishing but I turned them down. Actually, I still get emails from publishers inquiring if I’d like to republish and re-release previous novels. When a publishing house can put 15k in my account the day a book releases… well, you’d certainly have to be the cream of their crop. They do edit/cover/print, but unless you’re already a high earner for them, beyond the initial release push, any advertising has to be done by you.

  11. I adore self-publishing but publishers have many advantages. Chief of which is gonna be that you get to work with a professional editor and you can focus on growing as a writer and making your books the best they can be. CAN you do it all yourself? Sure, but self-publishing doesn't mean you get to skip all those steps, it means YOU have to do those things or else you won't get anywhere.

  12. Pros and cons. Pros: no upfront cost, they absorb the cost of editing and cover art. They hopefully have a large audience to reach and can get your book on shelves.

  13. In fairness, an editor will always make it a discussion, and if what you have to say is truly key to the message, they won't want to get rid of it. The message is the reason they'll have bought it. Sometimes an editor is the best thing for a book, because their focus is not on what you 'want' to say, but what you're 'actually' saying, and how best to bring those two closer together.

  14. Traditional Publishers can do a lot to help a book and make it successful, or at least make sure you get paid up front in some cases, but the fact is the world is changing, the business is changing, and for most writers it's probably more about fulfilling the dream or fantasy of being published than it is about realistic expectations and sound business strategy.

  15. Do you already have a public profile? Like a social media following? If you just publish it right to Amazon you are just hoping that somepeople stumble across it. If you run adds its hard to know if they will even remember your book when they are looking for something to read next.

  16. If you can get accepted by a traditional publisher I would suggest that. I had a bad experience with a traditional publisher when my editor had a heart attack and the new editor wanted everything redone, a job that was almost finished. Since then I have self published. Don't make much money but that is not important to me. I do have fans world wide. I write for me mostly although I am aware of my audience.

  17. You outsource a lot of the grief of trying to get your book seen and all the production related pieces if you're doing physical. I also assume publishers would have standing contracts with vendors to put your book in stores

  18. Pro's of traditional: it is free... That's it. There are too many cons. You have to sign contracts and you get paid less per book than if you self publish. Also your chances of being picked as a new writer doing a series are also lower (not impossible, but lower).

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