I totally know what I’m doing.
I want to be a hybrid author. That makes sense, right? Hedge my bets–get the best of both worlds, traditional publishing and self-publishing.
But wait, I just heard that if you want to be traditionally published, you shouldn’t rush into self-publishing. What if your book doesn’t sell, because…just as an example…you’re juggling a day job and maybe a house, spouse, kids and pets, and it turns out you don’t have time to also write books, edit books, design covers, convert your work into various electronic formats and market it effectively. So you self-publish and the only person who buys your book is your grandma.
It happens. It doesn’t make you a bad writer. It makes you something incredibly common–a writer with no time. But traditional publishers will still think you suck.
Okay, self-publishing should wait. I’ll get a traditional publishing deal first because then I’ll have at least some help with the distribution and marketing, and I’ll build an audience. That sounds like a great idea! Except…have you heard about all the horrible contracts that new authors are being offered? You have to sign away your electronic, print, and international rights for your lifetime, as well as promise to give them your first-born child and the down payment on a new car. Nasty. And that’s if you can even find an editor. They’re pretty elusive. They hide from us, for good reason.
All is not lost. I’ll just get an agent. An agent will protect me! An agent will keep me from signing a bad contract. An agent will look after my best interests. Whew. That’s a relief.
Oh no…Dean Wesley Smith says not to get an agent. It’s a waste of time, he says. Just self-publish. Yikes! Back to the drawing board.
Wait–J.A. Konrath says agents are cool and writers should totally have them. He’s a smart guy, too. Probably good advice.
Just heard from a friend whose agent is making her rewrite her book over and over again without a single offer on the table. Hmm…been there, done that. Do not want to go there again.
Self-publishing it is, then!
Chuck Wendig just posted a blog about Amazon.
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