trad vs self

Journey – Back to Debate (Trad. vs. Indie)

Hello again, I achieved my goal the last few days. Yay!

As I mentioned in previous posts, I belong to several groups. It seems I’m not the only one having this debate or doubt. One Indie author lamented that she felt like a second-class citizen at ThrillerFest— it’s a convention for authors of this genre: thrillers, mysteries, etc. (I didn’t know it existed until I started writing. Much to learn!)

A lot of authors chimed in. Some have been traditional published, but would not do it again. Some are hybridapparently more and more popular these days. Hybrids are the authors who have books published by traditional publishers and also have self-published books. Of course, some are entirely indies.

One indie author shared his experience at a book festival. A journalist was interested in his work. They talked and then the journalist asked for his card and who his publisher was. He said he had published it himself. It was like a switch got turned off. She was no longer interested.

This is the kind of reactions I struggle with.

From these groups, I know that there are indie authors who make a very decent living and who make enough so they quit their job. So, I have to believe that money is there.

I guess I have to decide what my goal is. I don’t know that yet. Money is definitely a big factor. But that can’t be all, can it?


Oh, if you click on the picture up top, it’ll take you to that article on The Creative Penn website.


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