The Third Step?
Have you ever been in a position where you didn't know where to go from here? Well, I'm at that stage of the game now. I always knew I wanted to have a book published and my work read by the masses, well, what writer doesn't, right? I got my chance just this year by finally going the self-published route and getting a story 'out there'. I know it may seem childish and to some vain (what writer isn't vain?) but I wanted to have something in print to show I practice what I preach. It's a simple feel good novel about a lonely out-of-the-reach kingdom which gets a visit from a very unpredictable talking dragon. It has all the elements you'd think a fantasy like that would have: Elves, dragons, Dwarves, a princess, and a wizard. And I gave it a bad guy for all to fight. One of those dime novel stories that make you laugh and root for the good guys. I personally love stories in that vane. It makes one think even in the worst of times, good wins out against evil.
A sleepy kingdom gets a rude awakening from a very unexpected visitor: a talking dragon. And he gives a whole new meaning to the term, what's next? Click the link if you'd like a little taste.
But what now? Oh, I know I want to write more stories and see them in print too, but, do I go with the self-publishing way again, or go traditional? There a lot of different answers to this question, I know. Many traditionally published authors think self-published works are only for the writers who can't truly write, or who only has dollar signs in their eyes. For in self-publishing, the author PAYS the publisher to have their work put in print, and therefore, crappy writing is put out to the public. Or so many think. If you have to pay to have your work put in book form, what does that say about your writing? That no one was interested in it? Shouldn't publishers PAY the author, not the other way around? But over the years, comments of this nature have been disproved. There are many self-published works which have been made into movies, or been bought out by traditional publishing houses and had a second life. Only one such is The Fields of Hope by Grant McDuling, the story of a horse racer. It was picked up by a major movie producer.
Anything is possible when you keep at it, no matter if its traditional or self-published. And I am always getting calls from the publishing house which I paid to print my novel if I have a second one in the works and am I going to have them do it too. But . . .
Is that enough? well, what I mean is, do I really want my work to be self-published every time? Why PAY someone if my work would be accepted by a traditional publisher?So, I decided to throw my line in the water and see if I could get a nibble from a traditional publisher. And, yes, I did. How about that! But, it's not for another novel. It's for children's stories. Children's stories about cats. Yep, cats. I love cats, and dogs, and apparently so does the publisher which accepted them. Ya for me!
And so, here I am. What to do next?
So, I've done it both ways. Self-published versus traditionally published. But which is better? Which one is truly right? I've gone down both roads to get my work to the public, but which one is better? I constantly ask myself this. In the traditional sense, I don't have to pay for the printing or the distribution of he work. All I have to do is promote the book, just as with self-publishing, and wait for the results. In an age where the internet has made it easier to receive the written word, does the book industry truly have a chance of making it? Many polls have been done about the written word (paper, books, newspaper, etc.) versus the digital age. By all accounts in just a few short years. the percentage of people receiving a digital book will be the same as the written one. 50-50.
Which is better? I don't rightly know. As long as my work gets 'out there', and someone reads it, and likes it, does it truly matter?
The steps you take to make a decision such as I have, to go either with self-publishing, or traditional publishing is an individuals right to make. Whether you have someone print your work for money, or get paid to have it done, I don't think it matters in today's market. For in each case, in one form or the other, someone will either throw it away, or put it on a shelf to admire.
Weigh your options, make a choice. Take the necessary steps.