Why are you self-publishing The Wild Side series?

There’s no doubt that the publishing world is going through an upheaval at the moment. E-books have taken off off and there’s all sorts of opinions all over the place about the best career path to take. So this is just my two cents and I’m a newbie and who knows what my opinion will be in a few years time?

Had I ever thought of self publishing before I sold to Roc? Yes. Did I want to take that as my first option? No. Should you self publish? Well, to that I say…it depends. Depends on all sorts of things. What do you want from being published? How patient are you? How prolific are you? Do you write something that the “traditional” publishers (by that I mean both print first and digital first) don’t publish? How much time/money do you have to spend on the publishing side of things if you don’t have a publisher? All sorts of things.

Personally, I had always wanted to see my books in bookstores and I wanted the help and guidance an editor and a traditional publisher can give me.So I hung in there and went for a New York traditional house. That was what was right for me. Other people want different things. I think self-publishing is a lot of work (even Amanda Hocking would tell you that) if you want to be a success.  I think it makes great sense for established authors with backlist that’s out of print. It probably makes sense for established authors who want more control or to do something different. That’s why I’m self-publishing The Wild Side. It’s Urban Fantasy, rather than dark fantasy which is a harder sell to publishers right now. Plus I wanted to experiment now that I have a few traditionally published books behind me. I think self-publishing  is probably still a very hard path for a debut author unless you do have a lot of time on your hands to market the books and the money up front to invest in a good editor/copy editor/art work. But that’s my opinion and everyone is different as to how much they want to take on.

I think that going forward most authors (me included) will wind up publishing in a variety of ways, some books with traditional publishers, some with digital presses and they’ll put out some things themselves. This is very cool for authors.  It’s very cool for readers.

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