Today is IWSG Day. IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group and was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You can or on or on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG. We also have a Facebook page. The purpose of IWSG is to share and encourage, so today I sharing some market info with you in case some of you are still interested in traditional publishing.
Who needs encouragement out there? I do!
For months I’ve focused on writing four novellas with the intention of ePublishing them myself. So, I’m writing along just singing my song, all happy with myself, when a writer-friend says, “A book from a traditional publisher gets more respect than an eBook you publish yourself. I’d always choose a traditional publisher first.”
Wait! What? Really? I thought “those days” were a thing of the past.
So I back up and start rethinking my plans, and for a day or two I’m completely confused.
I hate that I’m so easily influenced, that anyone and everyone can make me doubt myself and my choices. Yes, I’ve asked a thousand and one times if I really want to be in charge of everything from book covers to bookkeeping. I’m still not sure I do—but I also know I don’t want to earn seven or eight cents off each print book I sell.
Most authors say to choose both—traditional and indie, and that sounds like a pretty good idea to me. I’m back to my original plan: indie publishing for me and if a traditional publisher falls into my lap—then so be it.
How about you? What’s your career plan, and how did you come to choose it?