I have thought a lot about self-publishing; it seems like the only place where there is any hope left for the new writer; especially when you’re constantly bombarded with figures about aspiring authors, slush piles and first novel figures.
It seems like this might be the route I take, especially for my first novel; but, even though it has changed, or at least, certainly is beginning to change, I can’t shake off the feeling that I wont have achieved what I had hoped when I set out writing; it is for the reason that if I self-publish (also known as vanity publishing) I have had no authority stepping in to tell me that my work is good enough. It is just me, thinking that my work is readable, that I’m ready to be read by others. I don’t know if I’m ready to make that decision about myself.
There are also the other problems with the marketing: now, I’m quite entrepreneurial when it comes to this sort of thing and have a few things up my sleeve that I can employ for just such a time, but I still think to get the same amount of exposure as you would through “proper” publishing will be hard, and take a lot of work.
But as I say times are changing and I think the self publishing platform may become a way of writers to prove to publishers that they can sell books. “look, I sold a thousand on my own. Give me a publishing deal” may be the first step to getting recognised.
I would be really interested to know how other people have got on in this area, and how things have panned out.
We’ll see; I just hope that my manuscripts don’t stay under my bed forever.
- Traditional publishing houses: The new vanity press? (jamsnroses.wordpress.com)
- Publishing Podcast How to Spot A Vanity Publisher (e-bookbuilders.com)
- Vanity Or Sanity? Self-Publishing In The Modern Age (thequietus.com)
- Ten ways self-publishing has changed books (guardian.co.uk)
- Why self-publish? (write2survive.com)