Quite some time ago—back in the ‘90s—one of my close writing friends and I debated the benefits of mainstream publishing versus self-publishing. At that time we both walked away in agreement that the established publishing houses did, indeed, have an edge over the self-publishing presses. Yet, just recently, we discussed that issue again with the eye-opening conclusion that the self-publishing industry is winning this race big time—especially as writers find it necessary to retain control of their work.
Within our sphere of writer-acquaintances we knew of two authors who had published in the last year—one with a semi-major publishing house and one with an established self-publishing press. The “house” author had signed his contract two months shy of three years before his book reached bookstores. The ebook and online presence came along much later. The “press” author held her finished book in her hand 98-days after submitting the manuscript with immediate availability to bookstores, ebooks and online book sites.
That comparison alone has brought many new champions to the field of self-publishing. However, in the case of these two authors, the big factor for me was their levels of stress throughout the publishing process. The “press” author experienced a few hiccups over those 98 days, mainly caused by the learning curve of self-publishing terminologies. The “house” author found himself dealing with three different editors over that long period of time, each with their own “read” of how the book should be “strengthened.” He often felt as if he was defending himself and the way he had created his characters and storyline. That was major stress.
As my work with authors expands, I understand and appreciate that most writers—whether published authors or not—experience a form of travail in the creation of their works. Even though their objective is to publish, the release of those pages can be traumatic. So it has become my goal to do what I can to ease the pain.
Rarely, these days, do I recommend that an author seek out a publishing “house.” From my perspective the benefits of self-publishing far outweighs what little prestige remains in being identified with any of the mainstream publishers. The process of self-publishing is quick, almost painless, and greatly satisfying when Readers begin enjoying the author’s book and add reviews that reflect their appreciation. Plus, the freedom that comes with this quick-release self-publishing, immediately makes room for the next creative endeavor.
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.|