There was a time when I thought I needed to be published traditionally. That I would only feel that I had ‘made it’ as an author if my book was published by a mainstream publisher. I thought I needed that validation.
These days, I feel like I should write a thank you letter to the publisher that sent me my very first (and only) rejection letter. I was totally expecting it. I knew that I would have to ‘pay my dues’ before getting that elusive book contract, but the more I researched and read on the topic of getting published, the more ridiculous it all seemed. The submission process of most of the traditional publishers is a writer’s nightmare. That’s if you can even find one that is accepting unsolicited manuscripts (i.e. submitted directly rather than through an agent). And for what? If you do happen to get an offer, the pittance you will earn in royalties is an insult to all your hard work.
I don’t need a traditional publisher to give me validation. I’m going to let my books speak for themselves (although that doesn’t mean I won’t be busy trying to learn everything I can about marketing them) and the only validation I need will come from my readers.
If you are on the fence about whether you should self-publish, this article by guest writer Ann Voss Peterson on JA Konrath’s blog may just help you to jump down on the side of indies.