Fun Friday Confessions: RNG and The Big Thing That Bugged Me About Traditional Publishing

Wooo. It’s another Friday. And Friday means that I can do another confession. And today’s topic?

RNG. If you’re not familiar with the term. It stands for Random Number Generator. You know like when you go to the casino and gamble on slot machines, or play lotto. They’re meant to be “fair” because the results they generate are supposed to be completely random.

And by now I bet you’re wondering, well what does this have to do with getting my book published?

Well, as I was trying to make the decision for traditional or indie I came across a story about CJ Lyons, an author who writes thrillers. She didn’t have the greatest start to her writing career. In fact, her first book got cancelled about 90 days before it got published because of cover art problems.

And that bugged me a lot. I mean, if you’re a writer trying to go traditional, you spend months writing the damn thing, first of all. Then revisions. Editing. And the book hasn’t even gone anywhere yet. Then you have to spend so much time finding the right agent, and hope that they get back. Then you have to spend time trying to get into publishers, and hope that they don’t reject you. And you could be going through tons of these before getting published. And even when you’re published, your book might still not even take sell enough to break even on your advance!

I mean when you thought about it that way, you’re spending a lot of time and energy (maybe even money), for just a chance at an agent who will give you a chance at getting published and after all that your acceptance¬†isn’t even guaranteed? Meh. It’s no better than going to the casino, in my opinion.

Though that’s not to say I’m completely knocking traditional publishing. Don’t take this article, go gung-ho, and tell your friends you’re going indie. This isn’t the only thing that influenced my choice. I have other talents that make up for a lack of publisher, such as cover art making, and music making. So in my eyes, a traditional route only seems to make the process slower. And then there’s the question of the money you’re bringing in at the end of it all.

But if you’re not art savvy, can’t get a hold of designers who are, and don’t really like being one hundred percent liable for marketing, promotion, and everything, then maybe traditional might be for you.

But for me, it drives me crazy to have to go through so many hoops, and at the end of those hoops, I won’t have the rights to my own stuff, could still be broke, and might still be unpublished.¬†Sure self-publishing isn’t all that grand either. It’s scary, confusing, and there’s no one to hold your hand and tell you that what you need to do in the crazy maze of Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, etc. And whatever you do, good or bad, success or fail, it’s all on you.

At the end of the day though, the choice still down to your book and your situation. My chips just so happened to fall on the self-publishing route.

But where do yours?


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