Publish yourselfPost yourself
To me, publication traditionally means abjectness. Self-publication? Absolutely not. I' m not reading it.
Recently I published a play on my own website that explodes the myths of the wealthy author (described by the Royal Literary Fund as "ruthlessly mathematical") about what writers actually get when you buy their work. Well, I get that independent editing is all the rage, but you might as well tell Luke Skywalker to go to the doom.
In spite of license fees of 70%, I think that self-publication is a horrible notion for serious writers (by which I mean writers who take typing seriously and enjoy writing). When you publish your own books, you will not publish for a livelihood. Self-released writers should reckon on spending only 10% of their days typing and 90% of their days doing business.
A self-released writer who came to my diary to teach the virtue of his way, he claimed to make five figurines a week out of the Kindle sale of his 11 books, puts his percentages of write times into numbers. However, if your passions are to create world and character, tell great story and/or indulge in languages, then perhaps you should strive for a conventional game.
The first thing you do is show me the text for your text and click me to review it on Amazon. And then you come and tell me the cover story for someone else whose novel you advertised when they do the same thing to yours.
And then you stick a reviewer's report of your novel in my face. So does that make me think that you are a winning writer whose work I would like to buy? I' m a silent writer whose tweet streams are 90% advertising, like I wouldn't see the purchasing channels. Most of the independent writers have tweet streams, 90% of which are advertising, perhaps a mirror image of the fact that they have to devote 90% of their free air resources to advertising.
One looks at a few cupboards, reads a few textbooks about how to build a cupboard, practices the technique of things like swallowtail connections. So, you're gonna be selling it yourself? Yes, it can be a frustration when your favorite work ( "months or years of work ") is turned down by conventional publishing houses.
If you' re serious about your typing, you will just increase your play. If you do, you will be very happy that the first novel you have written was not the first one you have written, because it will now be awkward and fun. The only way for someone who does literature is to publish traditionally.
Using category fun, self-publishing can make you a winning writer (if you can create a forum, if you love to market and are good at it, if you're lucky). However, an essayist who has written literature depends on criticism and literature awards to make a name for himself.
When genrefiction is chartmusic, fictional literature is opera: the public is small and there are few ways to attain it. Self-released titles are not suitable for main awards such as the Baileys, the Costa and the Man Booker, and the Shortlist for Main Awards is the only way for a novel to become a best-seller.
When a self-released writer gets his novel critiqued in the majorstream media, it's the same as when my puppy doesn't eat meat. Chances of booking an independent writer for a big literary event? You need creative marketing people and well-connected journalists. These are all offered by a conventional publishers, and it doesn't charge you a cent.
When a self-released writer wants to prevent looking like an imbecile, he should be better willing to do some serious things to get expert help in all areas where he does not do well. The provision of these value-added features to independent writers is a profitable proposition. In fact, many independent writers keep themselves out of the money by giving these features to other independent writers: the new "author preneur" pyramidal game.
If you prefer being a writer, why don't you practise your skills until you write something a publishers will be paying for? It was Fiona Veitch Smith who made the switch from self-publishing to conventional publication. While I don't make much as a writer who has been hailed by tradition, I make more than I do as a self-publisher.
There were 7 ledgers I have been publishing in 4 years and in that period only one of them went into gain - and that was less than £100. Enormously, I have drawn the interest of two different publishing houses (one for my adults and one for my children's books).
It has just been selling off Korea's translating copyrights for its children's literature, another advantage of conventional editing. Editors and agencies have range. By having the right sales network, they can bring natural history to genuine bookstores. You will be able to present them at the big trade shows and you will be able to market your products internationally.
Featuring Amazon's Kindle and CreateSpace as the main sales points, it still puts cash into the company's tills largely accountable for the destruction of authors' income in the first place.