With self-publishing becoming the go-to publishing paradigm for new authors, I’ve been long contemplating this course of action. My reasons for doing so are primarily because I don’t think my work is good enough to attract the attention of agents or publishers.
Egads, so why would I want to self-publish? Why fling my trash into the street for all to gawk and point at, covering their nose and mouths at the horrendous stink?
Well, I said my work isn’t good enough to attract agents or publishers, not readers. 😉
Anyway, I know that isn’t the best of reasons to self-publish, but I tamped down that gnawing doubt, thinking that I had to be confident and forge ahead. If I do otherwise, I’ll never finish anything.
Well…the other day something stopped that notion in its tracks. It didn’t derail me, but it caused me to pause and really consider why self-publishing may or may not be right for me.
Here’s the roadblock: an old blog post on Nathan Bransford‘s blog. Though ancient, all of Mr. Bransford’s points are just as valid today as they were way back on March 25th, 2010. If you are considering self-publishing, go over and take a look. It just might set you back on the path to traditional publishing, or make you gird your loins and join the fray with wild abandonment.
- Holy Smokes, Batman. I Agree With Nathan Bransford (deanwesleysmith.com)
- Traditional vs. Self-published (nathanbransford.com)
- Two Halves of the Same Coin (cultofajracewood.wordpress.com)