In the past few weeks, I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts:
- Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher
- Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish
- Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing
- Six Downsides of Self-Publishing
Where do I stand on this? Will I seek a traditional publisher or go the indie-publishing route? Is there a third option to consider?
Though this publishing deliberation looms as a decision every author needs to make on an author-by-author basis, it’s not that simple. It’s a consideration every author must make on a book-by-book basis.
Yes, depending on the book, some lend themselves to traditional publishing and others cry out for self-publishing. Critical considerations are the book’s topic, genre, and audience size, as well as an author’s goals for reach, distribution, and earnings. I have some books I hope to publish with a traditional publisher, while others I expect to go the self-publish route.
The key is that the self-publishing versus traditional publishing debate isn’t a once-and-done consideration, but it’s a topic to revisit with each book.
Be a Hybrid Author
That’s my plan. I want to do both.
It’s called being a hybrid author. I will seek a traditional publisher when it makes sense and self-publish when that’s the better path. Combining these two options will maximize my career as an author—and hopefully my earnings potential at the same time.
Traditional publishing versus self-publishing isn’t an either/or consideration. It’s a yes/and strategy. The answer is in being a hybrid author.