Should I look for a traditional publisher?

Today’s technology makes it easy and attractive for more and more authors to consider going the self–published route. Skill aside, self-publishing takes an author with a certain kind of temperament.

While traditional publishing has its share of obstacles, many authors believe it provides a stamp of approval to their work. Here’s how to determine if traditional publishing is the right vehicle for you:

  1. You just want to write: Let’s face it, for some authors, DIY ends at finishing their manuscript. If you are one of those authors, don’t even think about self-publishing.
  2. You believe your work will be taken more seriously if it is published by a traditional publisher: The reality is that self-publishing still has a bad reputation. Many authors who self-publish realize its limitations very quickly and wish they had found a traditional publisher.
  3. You want to give your book the possibility of being reviewed by a major press: Unfortunately, at this time, many newspapers, like the New York Times, several smaller ones and even some blogs won’t even consider reviewing a book that is self-published .
  4. You want to have your book available in your local library or bookstore: Many bookstores and several libraries won’t touch self-published books. Some bookstores cite pricing – many self-published books are priced too high for them to make a profit or cannot be returned to the publisher if they are unsold.
  5. Self-publishing sounds like work: If finding an editor, thinking about layout, book cover design, or book distribution don’t make you feel warm and fuzzy, look for a traditional publisher.
  6. You don’t have the time: Self-publishing required an investment in time, and a lot of attention to detail. If you have neither, find a traditional publisher.
  7. You don’t want to make the financial commitment: If you don’t want to spend the money to get your work published, find a traditional publisher.

If the above describe you, investigate your options. In addition to the large publishers, many of whose names are well known, there are a number of independent and small presses that can be considered.

What were your reasons for going the traditional publishing route?


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