Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish? A One-Woman Debate (Part 1, Probably)

You know how, when you’re little, you hear somebody say something once and, no matter how incredibly wrong that thing is, you believed it wholeheartedly? For example, when I was in the fourth grade, one of my friends “informed” me that babies were made by the mommy and daddy running around their bed naked. Yeah. And for literal years I honestly thought that was how babies were made. Even when I was old enough to think, “Huh, that doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense,” I couldn’t be convinced otherwise… Well, until one fateful day in health class when they showed us a video chronicling the life of a baby from conception to birth. That… changed things. *shudder*

Anyway, that was also what happened for me when it came to the “self-publishing vs. traditional publishing” argument. Thankfully, this misconception didn’t have anything to do with running around a bed naked–I mean, can you imagine?–but it was the same basic premise. At some point in my life, someone told me that self-published authors weren’t legitimate and that self-publishing was a waste of money, and for me that was that. I didn’t research it. I didn’t question it. Someone–apparently someone inconsequential, since I don’t even remember who it was–told me their opinion, I took it as fact, and since then I’ve been proudly boasting about how I’m going to traditionally publish my novel.

… That is, until today.

Or, I guess, my mind was technically changed a couple of days ago. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of videos by author Jenna Moreci. She posts hilarious (and very helpful) vlogs on YouTube about how to write a novel, and while I had been under the impression that I knew all there was to know about writing… Well, now I know how wrong I was. Especially when it came to le age-old debate.

Now, this isn’t me saying that I know for sure I’m going to self-publish, because God only knows that I’m about as indecisive as my dog is when he’s trying to decide where in the yard to pee (“It’s all grass! Just pick a place and squat!” But I digress). However, I do now realize that both options have their pros and cons. One isn’t inherently better than the other, and different situations may merit different decisions to be made. The thing is, now I don’t know what I should do, and that freaking terrifies me. On the one hand, I do think that my goals for my series would be better suited toward self-publishing. I’d really like to involve people like fan artists and other creative-type people in my journey, something that I think may be inhibited by traditional publishing. But on the other hand, I don’t have a very big following… anywhere. I mean, quite a few people followed this blog after my last post (Hi! Hello! So nice to meet all of you!), which is freaking awesome, but even then, that just brings my following up to a grand total of 16. And 16 people, unfortunately, does not a fan base make. Especially when about 6 or more of those 16 people are related to me. Hi mom.

I guess I’m really going to have to weigh the pros and cons here, which means this is probably part one of what’s sure to be a turmoil-filled series of posts in which I slowly sink further and further into insanity and despair–So, awful for me, but fun for you to watch!

Thankfully, at least, I’m not at the point where I have to have this decided one-hundred percent. I still have to finish this rewrite, and edit it, and have my betas read it, and then edit it again, and then possibly get it professionally edited… Welp, at least I’m not going to run out of blogging fodder anytime soon! For now, all you new followers (and my loyal followers since day one), let me know in the comments what your opinions are on self vs. traditional publishing. Which one do you think is better? Is either better? What’s your experience with either? I’d genuinely like to know!

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  1. Pingback: Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish? A One-Woman Debate (Part 2, Definitely) | Read, Write, Love: Fiction.

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