IWSG Question of the Day: What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?
I am indie/self-published (whichever term you prefer). It wasn’t an easy choice to make given that everything falls on my shoulders. I did consider a traditional path, but it didn’t fit in with my goals and situation.
My main goal is to tell a story. I could lose creative control going a traditional route. I certainly would have little to no say on the cover art (though admittedly I’d have a hard time having a problem with a little Silver on the cover XD). Also, the trend for marketing seemed to fall to the writer rather than the publishing house for most and I have to manage that anyway being indie.
Does it come across as being a bit of a control freak? Probably, but at the end of the day, Shadow Phoenix Publishing is mine, my books are mine, and, most importantly, I’m getting to tell my story. I’m still navigating my way through the realm of being an indie writer and learning whatever I can while trying to help others out when possible. I have had quite a few awesome neighbors at events.
Would I consider a traditional deal if it came my way? Yes, I would certainly give it a look and re-evaluate. All paths, and I guess you could say sub-paths (because at least with indies, there can be great variation from one to the next), are viable options, but it is up to the individual to decide how they want to proceed when it comes to publishing. Consider your goals and where you hope to go in the future and try to match it to the best path you can find.
Well, that felt a bit heavy. On a side note, I announced at BCAF that the title for book 4 is Conjured Defense.