#IWSG September: Which path?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to share our hopes, dreams and fears with the Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month’s hosts are; Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

Do stop by and say hello to them!

This month’s optional question is: What publishing path are you considering and why?

I’m working towards the traditional route. I may feel differently once I’ve achieved that, but at present, I want what it has to offer.

I don’t want to do everything myself. I’d rather have a support team around me of agent, editor, publishing team. That’s not me being lazy; I’m more than willing to put in as much work as necessary, but I appreciate my limitations, and if I can benefit and learn from the combined expertise of people working in the field, then I’m all for it.

The other reason is getting into bookstores. I don’t want to rely on the online world for my market, particularly as I seem to be veering toward middle grade / YA. I think a large part of the audience there comes from bookshops and libraries.

Then, of course, there’s the needy side of me that wants that recognition too.

This is no comment on the standards of self-publishing. There are some fantastic self-published authors out there, just as there are some dire traditionally published ones. (And vice-versa). It’s simply my chosen direction at present.

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17 Responses to #IWSG September: Which path?

  1. debscarey says:

    Yup, you’ve captured my feels precisely. The needy one in particular πŸ™‚

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  2. You know what you want and you know your limits so it’s the best choice for you. I wouldn’t want to strike it alone either.

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  3. I think it’s great that there are choices for authors now – self-publishing, traditional or some sort of hybrid approach. You’re in a great position about being really clear about what path you want to go down and why.

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  4. Crystal Collier says:

    For MG, traditional is still the best choice. Good on you for being aware of that.

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  5. Juneta says:

    You have to do what feels right for you. I think you have made a great start.

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  6. I have the greatest respect for self-published authors because they are not only artistic, but they usually have great business sense too. It’s a tough combination to master. Personally, I’m not sure I have those skills, so I’ve mostly stuck with small publishers who hold my hand a bit. I would love to be able to live in a bubble and just write and let other people take care of the business side. Considering that, I may be looking more for a fairy Godmother rather than a publisher. LOL

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  7. Lee Lowery says:

    Good that you have your plan laid out with consideration for your genre/audience. There are so many publishing choices available now.

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  8. emaginette says:

    You and I are like minded. ‘Nuff said. πŸ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  9. I’m very carefully avoiding this question, right now. I do think that most of my connections in real-life would be more receptive toward promoting a traditionally published book for me.

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    • Angela Wooldridge says:

      That too, although they may not realise how much of a grey area there is between the two – with e-books, it’s often difficult to tell the difference.

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  10. Loni Townsend says:

    Woot! I like that you know what you want, and why you want it. I think it’s smart, considering your target audience. I know when I’m picking up books for my daughter, I’m going to the store and grabbing hard copies instead of the e-books I get for myself.

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