This morning I read the news from the Ladies, some of which was about the work various members are putting into their self-publishing efforts. I always find this awesome. And then I pitched an editor and an agent.
One of the slogans we had in the McDaniel course was how there are many roads to Oz. At the time, we were talking about writing process, but I think it applies to publishing process, too. The hard, cold fact is that I like to write; I dislike to market. I want to write; I don’t want to sell. I’m disciplined about writing; I’m not disciplined about publicity. One important factor: I don’t need to sell books to support myself. Another important factor: I don’t see why I should spend my time doing what I dislike.
I’ve self-published most but not all of my books, which gives me “control” and of course, I’m not sitting around waiting for agents and editors to validate my work. That’s good. However, I had a great experience with my traditional publishers, one I was very happy with, so that’s good, too.
And of course, by pitching to an editor or agent, even if they request the full, even if they send me a contract and I accept it, and they publish the work, and everything goes great, that doesn’t mean I won’t self-publish the next one. It’s not like you have to be all in one way or the other.
Jane Friedman did a great roundup of the benefits and pitfalls of traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing (2018 Key Book Publishing Paths), available as a PDF download from her site.
And for anyone who wants to do the easiest pitch sessions ever, check out the SavvyAuthors Pitchfest for agents and editors, which runs through tomorrow (Friday, September 14). Just three sentences in the comment section—what could be simpler? (Be sure to read the rules first, which are short. And, again, simple.) You’ll know by Oct. 1 if they want your manuscript.
Ah, yes. The roads to Oz. Which one to take? Thank heavens for GPS.