Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"How do you publish?"

Someone asked me this question just last week, and my first reaction was, "How do I publish?  Why, with a publisher, of course."

But it is a valid question.  After all, self-publishing has put many, many writers in control of their creations.  There is a number of options for putting your work out there, from Amazon and Create Space to Smashwords and All Romance.

People no longer need to go the query/submission route with agents and/or publishers. 

I'm sure the debate is still going on about which is "better".  I'm sure there are still people who look at either option with contempt. 

I don't think it necessarily matters "how" you publish.  Readers are going to like what they like, regardless of how it got into their hands.  Their opinions and tastes are what dictate how well a book does.  I do think how you publish can be a huge factor, however if readers adore a self-published book, they can propel it to amazing success.  It's happened several times over the past few years.

What matters is choosing the route that works for you.  Forget any arguments between "traditional" publishing and self-publishing.  Choose the one that satisfies you as a writer. 

Copyright (c) 2013 Wendy L. Callahan


  1. These are good points. I think traditional publishing will always be a viable way to get your book out there they know what they are doing when it comes to getting your book to the masses. I think the issue now is with how much the world of publishing has changed they really need to catch up. How they pay their authors is really out dated and with eBooks they really are not sure what to do themselves. Nice post. :)

    1. Thanks!

      For me, going the traditional route is my preference, but I definitely don't look down on those who self-publish. One isn't better than the other. They both have their pros and cons. I really think it's about the individual writer's preference. :)

    2. I agree, I would love to traditionally publish. It would be my preference and is still my goal. I just worry slightly after hearing from so many of my favorite authors lately about how much has changed the past few years. But I agree one isn't better than the other.