This article by Jane Friedman is an interesting one, because it looks at other motives besides money. Do you want the validation of working with a traditional publisher? Do you have a lack of patience? All good points to consider when deciding whether to self/trad publish.


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But, of course, some of it comes down to money:

On the issue of earnings

Perhaps the biggest argument offered in support of self-publishing--at least within the self-publishing community itself--is that you will earn a lot more money than you would with a traditional publisher. That may be true. It's possible to sell far fewer copies as a self-published author and yet earn more than a traditional deal would pay you; it's also possible to sell more copies as a self-published author but not earn as much as a publisher's advance and royalties. It all depends on the book and the type of deal or contract you're offered.

The success rate for self-publishing is really not that different from traditional. A few authors end up as bestselling superstars. Some authors do very well. And the majority do not make a living from it. Self-published authors may find that marketing and promoting their book is much tougher than they imagined. Self-publishing careers typically take years--and four or five books--to gain traction and produce earnings that are meaningful. Are you committed to producing more work, and marketing that work, month after month and year after year?

(via janefriedman.com)


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