This post, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by David Gaughran, makes the valid point (emphasis mine):
“Of the many memes being parroted by writers, one of the most destructive is “Most self-pubbed ebooks don’t sell.”
When you are arguing a point involving a new technology, such as ebooks, it is essential to make sure your argument also encompasses the older technology. The fact is, most legacy-pubbed books don’t sell.“
Read the entire post. David Gaughran says, “I canâ€™t afford to take a publishing deal.”
Again, too true.
That’s the case for many — I’d say MOST authors.
I’ve been the traditional publishing route many times. I’ve had two New York agents. New authors tend to think that having an agent and a publishing contract from a publisher solves problems.
Here’s the truth — it increases your problems, because more people are involved, and you have little control over what they do.
Your agent has other clients. Your editor has other books. Neither your agent nor your editor cares about you and your career as much as you do. They’ll give you advice, and taking bad advice can stymie you for years. Only you know what’s best for you.
If you’re a new author, you’ll think that everyone knows more than you. A trip down the traditional publishing path will soon disabuse you of that idea, I promise you. To repeat, only you know what’s best for you.
I’ve been writing for over 30 years. There’s never been a better time to write your own books and sell them — there have never been more opportunities.
If you want to go the traditional publishing route, and think that this is the short path to bestsellerdom, remember: as Joe Konrath says “most legacy-pubbed books don’t sell”.
There are many reasons for that. Mostly, they’re out of authors’ control.
Self-publishing gives YOU control. Write a good book, whack it up on Amazon. Or, go the trad publishing route… and give up control. Your choice.
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