I was talking with my husband this week about the fantasy novel I am writing. He was under the impression that I would self-publish or make it into an ebook. I was under the impression that he knew me better than that.
His reasoning was that it would become available faster–which is true–and that it would tie-in with a whole series of short stories that he intends to do on the world my novel takes place in and some of the characters in it. Not sure if I explained this before, but my novel is actually based off an RPG campaign that he moderated for me and a group of my friends. The world is fantastic. The story is fantastic. I thought to myself–“This has to be written down.”
But I never ever considered self-publishing, or e-publishing it. To me, self-publishing has always had a defeatist ring to it. Either no one else wanted to publish the story or you didn’t think anyone else would want to publish the story and so you self-publish. I’m not at all saying I am right in thinking this. In fact, there are authors out there who prefer self-publishing. Here is an article that takes the stance that self-publishing is better, if you care to read it.
Here is another article detailing a study done that shows that self-published ebooks actually generate more income for the author than ebooks published through publishing houses.
These articles, and my husband’s points, are almost convincing me that e-publishing might be the better way to go. But it’s hard for me to completely accept. It feels like I am trading any possible writing income or notoriety. Am I being stuck up? Am I thinking too old-school?
Let’s not forget to think outside the box. One author I really like, Max Barry, wrote his most recent book as an online/email serial, sending out one page a day. The first month was free, and afterward readers had to pay a small subscription fee to continue. Once it was finished, he did some edits, put it all together and published it traditionally. He had positive things to say about the experience.
What do you think about e-publishing and self-publishing?