Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at the SCBWI Carolinas Deep Dive Day. My presentation was rooted in my personal writing and publishing journey. Along the way, I discovered a few pros and cons of publishing options available to writers. Here's my take.
To put my take into perspective, I first need to share some of my background as a published author. My first book, which is no longer in publication, was technically self-published. My three early reader chapter books were traditionally published through a small, independent publisher. That publisher sold its titles to a hybrid (vanity) press. The books are still in publication through that press. My current middle-grade novels are published through a mid-size, independent publisher.
Pros and Cons of Hybrid or Vanity Publishing
There was a time when I did not consider hybrid publishing or self-publishing as an option for a serious writer. Through networking, I had the opportunity to learn from those who prefer self-publishing and hybrid options. They taught me how important this option is for a serious writer. Especially if the pros fit that writer's "writing personality". Here's my take on the pros and cons:
Pros and Cons of Traditional Independent Publishing
This is where I thrive. Yes, it's risky. But it fits my writing personality. There are the "Big 5" publishers that many strive to land. My initial publishing goal was to keep quetying until I was offered a contract with one of the "Big 5". But when a five-book deal with an independent publisher came along, I did some research and signed the contract. Here's my take on the pros and cons;
I'm sure a lot can be added to the pros and cons of each option based on the experiences of other authors. If you're one of those authors, leave a comment to share your take with me!