Today I found a great resource for those of us trying to decide between traditional and self publishing. Agent Rachelle Gardner and author Michelle De Rusha lay out the ins and outs of both in How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing (which was released in 2013, so it’s not exactly breaking news, but it was new to me).
I know a certain amount of skepticism comes with the fact that a literary agent–a mainstay of traditional publishing–co-authored the book. Some might be tempted to write the book off as biased toward traditional publishing. It’s virtually impossible to write in a way that’s free of all bias, but I do believe Gardner (and co-author DeRusha) have done a great job summing up the hallmarks of both self and traditional publishing. Unlike other guides I’ve seen, this book doesn’t just offer a generic list of pros and cons. Instead it asks you questions about yourself, your work habits, and your desires, which you use to determine whether traditional, self, or a hybrid publishing approach is best for you.
You may already have a good idea of which publishing path to pursue and are just looking for confirmation of what you feel in your gut. In this brave new world of publishing, I think most aspiring authors have considered the indie route, but it’s a daunting choice. This book helps you better understand the skills, resources, and commitments needed to self-publish well, what set of needs are better suited to traditional publishing, and what is necessary no matter which path you follow. If you feel like the deciding factors are too ambiguous, this book helps to make them concrete so you can proceed with confidence that you’ve made the right choice.
How Do I Decide: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing is $2.99 on Amazon, or free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.