I can tell you’re waiting with baited breath to know what that title means to a writer who enjoys playing with words. And when I tell you it means Traditional versus self-publishing and that I only named it as such because I liked the rhyme and the underlying meaning  (you’ll see it, if you dig deep enough), then, and only then, will you realise what this blog is all about.

At this point I have to wonder if you even care. I’m beginning not to.

I have been asked by a peer to give my thoughts on what I think of it, as it affects…well, moi. And seeing as you find my opinions terribly interesting (all two of you), I will tell you.

When I began writing, my opinion was this…Trad only! I would often say, ‘Until Trad knocks on my door and publishes my brilliantly written and terribly exciting novels, Trad shall be the only route I’ll take.’ No buts.

But…….then the real world kicked in.

My writing has seasoned over the years (really, it has). And as I have upped my game and learned more about the world ‘they’ call the publishing world, and after much experience of self addressed envelopes falling through my letter box, saying ‘We love your work but, no thanks’, I have this to say: Don’t discount a route, which may give you a little bit of an edge and maybe even a meager pat on the back when you are feeling like those pats are seriously lacking. It is called vanity press for a reason, because surely that’s exactly what it is, a route to take when all other routes fail and, if nothing else, to keep you moving one step further into the game.

That’s what it is…a game. Play it well.

Here’s what I would advise.

If you have written a novel that has taken you a year or more to write, go Trad, every time. And I’m talking about the big boys here, not small publishers who slog you to death marketing the damn thing.

If on the other hand it’s taken you less than a year and it has commercial value, then self-publishing is a great option to get it and the other ones you wrote that same year, out into the market place. Who knows? When it’s out there, someone could snap you up and the novels you wrote the year before could end up on Waterstone’s bookshelves. A nice thought, if wishful thinking is what you do a lot of.

On another level, a good friend of mine has published the memoirs of his life with his brother who died of cancer at an early age. He is donating all the proceeds to a dedicated cancer charity and what better method is there then to self publish?  Here’s his link. Buy it!

 http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-living-years/18911417

As for me, I have self-published a book of short stories. Someone asked me recently (I can’t tell you her name, because it would be indiscreet…Janice), why I put it up on Amazon at such a price when I could have kindled it? My answer was this: It took me four years to collate those stories. To give them away for 99 cents would be like making my nine-year-old do a paper round at 6 in the morning before school.

Have I sold many? Not really. Do I expect to? Not really. Would I do it again? Yes, because my short stories are my vanity.

My novels on the other hand…Trad not Have.

Wendy xx

P.S. Here’s the link to my Have.
http://www.amazon.com/Expect-Retrospect-Wendy-Reakes/dp/1470996693/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328883527&sr=8-1

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Dawn
2/25/2012

I think there are many pros and cons. We as writers have to do what we can and make the best of it, and more importantly have some fun along the way...

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KathyEG
2/25/2012

You go for it babe. I love your stories and your passion for writing...
xx

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Brian
2/26/2012

Nice idea, but tell me folks . . . . There seems to be a variety of ways to get your work out there.
Trad = convincing someone to spend their time and money on your opus magnus. Not the easiest of things to do.
Vanity = paying someone to print a thousand copies of your work. This is pretty easy as there are dozens of denizens prepared to take your money. Usually costs thousands !
Self-publishing = Such as Lulu or YouWriteOn who will do the necessary to get you into a Print-on-Demand house. Usually for next to no money.
Amazon Kindle = upload whatever you want to be sold at whatever price you want and 'tis done.

The big trick is undoubtedly doing the sales and marketing.

Any clues on how to do that?

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