Since becoming an indie author - or self-published - I’ve had a few instances where people have asked me why did I choose one over the other, and truthfully, there is no one right answer. When it came to my book I was faced with more challenges than most given that I was brand new to the world of publishing - and it was a global pandemic - namely, the odds were not in my favour. But that’s never stopped me before.
During my time researching other authors and publishers and countless literary agencies I found one consistent response to the ever growing question - which is better? Traditional publishing or Self-Publishing? And honestly? There isn’t one.
That’s it! No competition, no outrageous war between the two, and not one that will give you more success than the other. Simply put, it all comes down to the author and what they choose to do with their own work. I’ll be honest, I was hellbent on getting signed with an agent and becoming a success with my writing - even when I knew that the chances of being an overnight success was slim to none - we have all been there. We want to be the ones that made it, and I get that.
When it comes to publishing your book, it really comes down to the journey you want to take it on. If you have your heart set on traditional publishing over self-publishing then I encourage you to GO FOR IT! But if you also choose to join the world of Indie authors, I can say from experience, we are a unique bunch. If anything the entire book community has been like this long lost family that’s welcomed me to a home I never knew I had within this world, and I am forever grateful.
I can say with certainty that when it comes to finding the best fit for your book is that you need to follow the path that you want - no one else - just you. And do as much research as possible. Because when all is said and done, you don’t want those regrets and wondering ‘what if’
So I implore each and every one of you to pursue your writing journey with whichever avenue is the best fit.
Although I started out as an Indie author, I am still hanging onto the dream that one day a publisher or a literary agent will receive one of my many queries that I’ve sent out and send me that long awaited ‘Yes’ response, but for that, only time will tell. Until then, I’ll be here, between the pages of a book (both literal and digital) and surrounded by more people than I ever could have imagined.
All the best,