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If you had a choice between self-publishing a book and going with a traditional publishing company, which would you choose?

Me, I'm really not sure. I like the idea of an established company guiding me and taking control when they need to. But I also like the idea of freedom. And that's something only self-publishing can give.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2014, 08:46:03 AM »
I don't think anyone who has probably had a publisher accept their book would think of going the self-publishing way. The good thing about all this is that the publishing company will handle all the marketing for you. Who wouldn't want that?

And then there are all those paid trips for book signings and all the other good stuff? I'd choose traditional publishing any time.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 05:00:03 PM »
Self publishing hands down.

This new turnover of the publishing industry to self publishing is exciting, cost effective, and gives everyday people a chance to make some money getting their messages out there.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 07:23:58 PM »
Definitely self-publishing is best, in my opinion. I'm more than happy to give up the security of working with an established company for the freedom of doing it myself- plus there are more and more resourcing for doing it yourself. It's become very cost-effective and easy to accomplish.


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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 06:52:27 AM »
It would really depend on the book and the publisher. Trade Publishing is such a huge area. Not all publishers are equal, and not all publishers are right for a particular book. I have a friend published by an imprint of of a big 6 publisher, and (in my opinion) her book sales suffered because the publisher was too cautious with the blurb, preferring to intimate it was yet another YA love triangle when it was a completely different book to that. A smaller publisher might have served her better, but on the other hand, it's all worked out well for her - she'll be self-publishing the rest of the series (which has gained traction through word of mouth), and she's got a trade deal for something else.

Larger publishers have more clout, but they also tend to lack the individual touch - I've seen plenty of authors suffer because the publisher has opted to put out an expensive hardback for debuts; it sells poorly and the bookshops then won't stock the paperback.

Self-publishing, on the other hand, is a lot of hard work and a lot of risk. It's a brilliant choice for those who write quickly and can put out 3 or more books a year, especially series. It's a great choice for those writing under 50K or over 150K. It's not a great choice for anybody looking to make money quickly - it's very much a long game.

Those of you who've said they favour self-publishing because they want freedom - I'm curious to know what you mean by that. What freedom do you feel trade publishing prevents you having?

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2014, 02:16:05 PM »
I would totally choose self-publishing because of the freedom. For a long time I have been wanting to publish a book of poetry and I plan on accomplishing that goal of mine soon. When I get my book of poetry published I'm going to be very excited because this is one of my dreams. I want to make a positive difference in this world with the books I write. Knowing that I helped someone else out there makes me feel good inside. Right now more than ever people need to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that the bad stuff doesn't last.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2014, 12:35:26 AM »
Probably self-publishing, although it's going to be more difficult to get word around since there are already so many indie publishing happening. Still, it's worth it if you know how to market and promote your book.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 04:39:33 PM »
I wouldn't choose self-publishing myself.  I agree there is a lot of work involved, just knowing the market wouldn't be enough for me.  The only thing that I do know is to get whatever I wanted published copyrighted. Yeah, I much rather go with a publishing company.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2014, 01:09:06 PM »
My choice would definitely be self-publishing.  I actually just had a cousin of mine self-publish her book, which is doing fabulous.  I am not exactly sure what site she used, but it served her well.  Apparently, all she had to do was type everything, find the image for her book cover and that was it.  The site tracks every book that is sold internationally.  All she pays for is to have the books sent to her, which isn't a bother considering that she is making it all back and some due to her sells.  No issues, no additional fees or anything.  She is already working on her second book.  With that said, self-publishing is the way to go. 

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2014, 05:41:12 PM »
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Those of you who've said they favour self-publishing because they want freedom - I'm curious to know what you mean by that. What freedom do you feel trade publishing prevents you having?

For me, freedom to make the lions share of the profit, to format, edit, and create my own illustrations and images, and to actually be doing it myself with no more help than from freelancers readying my finished work for online selling and putting up and maintaining an effective website.

The whole shebang of doing it all myself is freedom.

It's more than freedom, but an exciting dream come true.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2014, 01:39:23 PM »
If you have a group of people who are willing to figure out the finances and politics of publishing, make custom artwork, and handle publicity and advertising for you, then yes, self-publishing can possibly work. But I still prefer traditional companies, just because it's exhausting to do all of the aforementioned work by yourself.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2014, 10:38:58 AM »
I have no idea how to go about it but that looks fun and challenging publishing your own book. So I would go for self-publishing but it might be tons of work. So if ever, I would gather information first on how it should be done and what requirements I should prepare, where to go, etc. Then I would prepare all the necessary work. If there's a need for me to devote whole day/s doing it, I would time it with my vacation leave from my day job.

Now-a-days, it is possible to do things on your own because of this how-to guide that you can look up online. So I"ll definitely do a lot of researching online if I would do that.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2015, 02:35:42 PM »
I would choose traditional publishing which is what I am aiming for. It's better for certain things like novels or reference books.

I have self-published one and to be honest I would rather spend my time writing, even though I used to work in marketing. I can do it, but a traditional publisher has more resources.

For my poetry though I would self-publish as many publishers don't publish poetry unless you are known. These days people are publishing in journals more so it depends on the genre and length of the work.

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2015, 05:34:45 PM »
I know someone who used to write fanfiction.  She decided to write her first original book (Actually, she had like the three rough drafts in a series written within months.  She was a very prolific writer.)  She had someone help her polish it, pitched the idea to a publishing company, and they picked it up.  She has found the process of working with them to be a headache.  She hates that she's essentially lost control of her work.  She gets no input on the cover, the blurb, the release dates, and is expected to cheerfully comply with all requested changes.  Maybe she'll be the next big author and think it's all worth it...but maybe not.  She says she doesn't feel like the book is really hers anymore.

After seeing everything she's giving up to work with a publishing company, if I ever publish, I hope to go Indy.  I won't even query a publisher because I don't want to work with them. 

Here's an interesting read.  Holly Lisle, who was previously published by the big New York publishing houses went Indy and wrote a blog article about why:  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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Re: If you had a choice, would you choose self-publishing?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2015, 03:56:10 AM »
I sometimes dream of being a writer but get discouraged by the whole process. So this thread is very useful to me. It's interesting that both methods have pros and cons, but if I were to choose I'd probably lean more towards self publishing. I find myself in the fortunate position of having a husband who's very good with English, editing/proof reading, formatting and doing gorgeous book mock up covers. This is beginning to look like a VERY nice idea for me to explore, if only I can drum up some courage and give it a good go!

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