blog post #34 by Science Fiction Author Clara Bush
We have arrived at that happy pinnacle in our self-publishing journey when I say the choice is yours and chuck the controls at you.
If you are still struggling with the decision to self-pub or traditional-pub, I offer a summary of a recent article published in The Guardian, a British national newspaper, and reported by Alison Flood, a writer for the newspaper. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/11/traditional-publishing-fair-sustainable-society-of-authors
The article titled: “Traditional publishing is ‘no longer fair or sustainable,” is a quote from The Society of Authors’ Chief Executive Nicola Solomon. The Society is a trade union for professional writers and is based in the United Kingdom. It’s website states that it has over 9,000 members and it says that, and I quote: “you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract from a publisher, broadcaster or agent.”
Which is, in itself, the Catch-22.
Flood does a great job of reporting the chief executive’s view point that authors, who go traditional, are bringing home less and less income for their works. Which is a little conflicted, since in order to join the Society of Authors, an author must have a contract, which would be traditional publishing, in which the chief executive says there is no money.
I applaud Flood. And that for which I applaud her, and the reason I offer this news article in my blog on self-publishing, is because she inserts advice from successful self-published and traditionally published author Mark Edwards. He is co-author with Louise Voss of the psychological thriller Catch Your Death which was a #1 bestseller in the UK. After the success of Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death, Edwards and Voss were offered a six figure deal with Harper Collins. They turned it down, but did go with a second offer.
“I spent 15 years trying to get a deal before self-publishing. When I finally got a deal it was a disappointment so I returned to self-publishing, which rescued my writing career. Lots of writers are seeing other writers having success via self-publishing and deciding to try it themselves. I would encourage any mid-list author to try it. A lot of writers who’ve got back the rights to their novels are now self-publishing them and having a lot of fun in the process.”
Edwards didn’t paint self-publishing all rosy in his interview. “Some aspiring writers think it will be easy, but your chances of success are as slim as getting plucked from an agent’s slush pile. Writers shouldn’t see self-publishing as an easy way to find success. It’s hard work and you need to be obsessive, smart and talented to make it work. But if you do, the rewards can be great.”
Those who have self-published or have had a work published on a print-on-demand/ebook only basis and have sold over 300 copies of a single title in print form or 500 copies in ebook form within a 12-month period.
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