Traditional publishing (or “publishing in physical format”) has often succeeded in the past, but changes in the way we read mean that there are new options for reading and publishing. It is now becoming more and more common for people to self – publish/e – publish. However, although some may consider this an ease of access, some could argue that it is a “coward’s way out”, arguing that they have given up on the challenges that the submission process could provide. But is this true? What questions can be raised about self – publishing?
I am a writer – of course – but have never been published (apart from two poems in anthologies). I am at a stage where I have a book which I am writing, but am contemplating what will happen to it next. I aim to get published without an agent (yes, it is possible), but now that ebooks may eliminate the traditional publishing method, shall I just accept the fact that ebooks may just be the only option?
No. I’m doubting it at the moment, as self publishing is still possible, but that can also be seen as affecting the traditional publishing route. But when most people fail at the traditional publishing method, most turn to self – publishing, e-publishing (which can also be done yourself) and Print on Demand books. But is this giving up a bad thing? Can it be because we are scared of rejection, scared that people are not going to like/buy our work?
No. It’s because we want to get our work out there. Self – publishing allows us to publish without a publisher rejecting the idea, it allows us to be our own boss, and manage everything to do with our book (but this can be a bad thing cost – wise). It’s not a “coward’s way out”, it’s a way of getting our work out there, without restrictions…