Self-Publishing: The Battle Goes On

Making the decision to self-publish may be one of the most difficult of a writer’s life. There are plenty of voices warning against it, and if it’s your very first novel that you’re considering, the voices are even louder and more vociferous. Some of the objections are practical ones that you need to consider very seriously. Others come from a mindset that says a contract with a print publisher is the only legitimate path. That mindset is being invalidated every day by the successes of writers who’ve accepted the risks and made the move.

Here, in chronological order, are some of the latest arguments.

Con: Should you Self-Publish Your First Novel?
Jude Hardin says no, and starts off with the classic dead horse, “If you can’t make it past the Gatekeeper (even once), then how do you know your writing is good enough to be published?”

Con: Do Authors Make Good Publishers?
Richard Curtis says no, “But it’s fascinating to watch them try.” He starts by raising doubts and continues by worrying over the fates of several writers who’ve already gone to self-publishing and are, despite his nay-saying, doing extremely well.

Pro: A Response to Richard Curtis
J.A. Konrath directly rebuts Curtis’s points with the reality — including phenomenal success for a long list of writers who were previously unknown.

2 thoughts on “Self-Publishing: The Battle Goes On

  1. Of course, publishers don’t want to be shown up. Stephen King waited six years but if he’d gone down the s-p route… Then of course there’s my favourite, the Mr Men series. I don’t deny there’s some really dodgy self-published material which usually hasn’t been edited or critiqued – or, if they have, the advice has been ignored. But, if you tick all of those boxes, you truly believe your writing is readworthy and you already have a few people other than your mother who enjoy your work, then I say go for it. Just looking at some of the excellent blogs out there demonstrates the undiscovered wonderful writing talent that abounds in the world.

  2. There’s a ton of undiscovered talent that’s going to stay undiscovered if authors depend exclusively on an industry that’s cutting back and pulling in its horns.

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