The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme with a prompt featuring a book related question. The hop begins on a Friday and ends on a Thursday and should hopefully give people the opportunity to learn something new about the blogger.
The Book Blogger Hop can be found on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and obviously my answers can be found here!
This feels like a strange question to answer.
If the question was directed to writers with ‘what do you like/ dislike about self publishing?’ I feel there would be more merit to the answer.
There are, of course, pros and cons to both traditional publishing and self publishing but that’s what an aspiring author has to weigh up before they choose which route to invest their time (and often – their money).
NB: Self publishing is also known as independent publishing or ‘indie’ publishing.
That’s not to say that an author couldn’t go down one route with one book and then switch and in this modern day with different publishing channels plus social media, the idea of self publishing is far more viable and respected as an option.
As anyone can self-publish and there are still the traditional paths it can make for an over-inflated market so if you’re a writer trying to make it as a professional there’s a lot out there to compete with.
This is a little mini guide on some pros and cons of both – it’s just to give an overview and is not a definitive list!
But what does this mean for the question asked in this weeks blog hop?
Well if there is someone weighing up the pro’s and con’s of how to deliver their product then it makes sense that there are pro’s and con’s for the recipient, right?
I said it feels like a strange question to answer because for me it is. I don’t often consider the likes and dislikes of how a story is presented to me, I just care for the content of said story.
The things I look for in a story are – characters, plot, world building and writing. Give me a theme or two and I’m sitting pretty. I don’t look for whether it has been published by a traditional publishing house or via a self published one and I wouldn’t really care how a story has been published as long as I adore the story.
I think it’s a myth to say that traditionally published books are ‘better’ because that’s not always the case.
Yes, it’s been processed through a system of professionals and so the finished product in terms of editing and book artwork may be of a higher quality (or should be) but if a self published author has put the effort, time and money in there’s no reason why their finished book wouldn’t also be of a high quality – or higher due to their full creative control.
The flip-side of course is when there are self published authors who haven’t maybe spent as much time as they should have done and so the quality could be a wee bit…. um…. lacking. We know it happens.
The downside to those fabulous authors who have self-published fantastic books is that they don’t have a powerhouse publisher behind them and so their reach is limited. This means you are less likely to wander into a bookstore and idly pick up a book while browsing.
Although it depends on the marketing budget that the publisher has set for that particular title you may find that traditionally published books get significantly more marketing and advertising and so you are more aware of that book in the first place.
With self published authors they have to reach out to their target audience to ensure their book gets out into the world and they need to do the entirety of their own marketing. Again, a lot of effort, time and money is required but it has to be seen as an investment rather than cost.
After all, if no one knows your book exists then no one will read it. I do wonder how many people have self published some glorious books that we will never know about!
So sorry everyone, it’s been a strange sort of week with little to no blog hopping for me. I hope to back on full force next week.
It’s been a sporadic and up and down couple of months which I’m hoping will turn a corner soon!
What are your thoughts on traditionally published versus self published work? Do you have a preference? Any likes/ dislikes? Are you generally not bothered?
Let me know in the comments below and I’ll hopefully see you next week for a blog post on ‘title of your own autobiography!’