My Journey IV


Hello again, I haven’t forgotten the next book. The plot is ever evolving although the central idea is still there. So, that’s good.

As I mentioned earlier in here, I feel like a pendulum swinging back and forth between traditional publishing and self-publishing. So, here’s what I found so far.

Traditional publishing – Challenge #1 is to land an agent; Challenge #2 is for that agent to find a deal for you. Then, I might still have to supplement the marketing, so the agent/publisher wouldn’t drop me like a hot potato. Oh, I’ve heard many rounds of rewrites and revisions working with a publisher. But when the editor is working for the publisher, the goal is to make the book more appealing to the potential readers. Guess that explains the multiple rounds.

Self-publishing – Ive done it once, but time-consuming. From writing to editing to cover design to marketing, I need to be involved. I need to hire an editor. But being a self-publisher, I can’t afford multiple rounds of editing. Then, of course, there is the dreaded book marketing.

So anyway, one fact seems to stand out as I read about both publishing routes. A self-publisher can land a million-dollar deal with a publisher if the book is so successful that the author is being courted by agents and publishers alike. Think Fifty Shades of Grey, although that genre is really not my cup of tea.

Or, an author who’s been traditional published, but sales might not be great. So, the publisher isn’t all that energetic in the book’s marketing. (I read that publishers really only concentrate on one or two books a year in their marketing effort. So, if they don‘t think your book is a rainmaker, you might have a lot of work to do.) These authors get fed up and self-publish their backlist and their new books. Now, because they have traditional published before, they have a following. These authors seem to be the ones who can make a lot of money quickly by self-publishing. I have read several of them who say something like, “I’ve made so much more in one month of self-publishing than before.”

Well, so where do I come in? I’m not sure yet. For now, I’m sticking to writing the next project.

Will talk later.


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