So, the question about whether or not an author should self-publish has been beaten to a bloody gurgling pulp. And the general consensus is, there is no right answer. There’s only what’s right for you. (I know. About as helpful as a wet fish in the face. But it's true.)
For me, when I walk into a book store, I just know. –I want to see my book in there so bad it hurts. I want to see it in windows and on shelves. I live in France so I’d like to have foreign rights sold and see it over here too.
In short, I want a traditional publishing contract.
Which means I might remain the Creepy Query Girl for years to come before being bumped up to Creepy Client status.
And I’m okay with that.
That said, I’m not closed to self-publishing.
In fact, I already have a project I’m thinking about putting out there. Why? Because I know I’ll never stop writing and living new adventures. It’s become a part of who I am and I don't feel like myself if I'm not working on something. I guess, my take is- even if a book wasn’t picked up by an agent, if I still believe it’s a worthy read that people will enjoy, why not share it? Why hole it up on my hard drive forever, hidden from the world?
If it’s not ‘the book’ that will get me a traditional publishing contract, it can still be ‘a book’ that touches readers regardless.
I don’t think we need to pick one over the other. But maybe that’s just me.
What about you guys? Do you think a line has been drawn between self published vs traditional published? If you’re thinking of self-pubbing, what’s the biggest obstacle for you? (I think we’re all well aware of the obstacles faced when you want to traditionally publish:)