I’m in the Valley of Publishing Decision and this barren wasteland stretches out as far as my eyes can see. Back in March, I bought a self-publishing package from Createspace, Amazon.com’s new self-publishing company.
I’ve gone back and forth struggling between whether to draft a nonfiction book proposal and try to pitch my first book to traditional publishers or to self-publish.
So why did I already buy the package? Impulse, sheer impulse! That day I filled with “I can do this myself!” energy after a long bout of self talk, “JoDee, you don’t have the platform to publish traditionally and you’re already fifty. Give up even thinking about getting a publisher to take you and do it yourself.”
I’ve doubted the decision ever since! Recently, I came across an interesting article on CNNmoney.com (a freshly pressed blog) and temporarily puffed up my dwindling feelings of empowerment after reading .
“Yes!” I thought, “I’m heading in the right direction! Amazon.com is taking over the world. There is hope!”
I felt like one of those football players in the huddle, “hu, hu, hu, hands in the middle everyone, GO TEAM AMAZON.COM!” Yes, I was part of this revolutionary, innovative Amazon.com advance into the traditional world of publishing.
The editor even posted my comment:
In my mind, I went from “loser” to “potential entrepreneur” in a matter of a few minutes after seeing the posted comment.
However, all bombastic self-inflation eventually gets pin pricked. The air of my conceit drizzled out like a used party balloon meeting its death at the hands of an inquisitive kid. I read an opposing viewpoint (Gosh, sometimes I wish America wasn’t so into “the dialogue of different ideas”).
I caved in and retrieved the book for realists that I bought at the last writers’ conference I attended, how to write a book proposal by Michael Larsen.
When I got to page 225 (ok, I jumped there first thing), the author’s advice stared me straight in the eyes like the beady glare of a grey-haired professor peering over coke bottle glasses,
“2. You can pay for all of the cost to publish your book, but vanity publishing has no credibility in the industry.”
Ouch, I’ve heard this over and over again and it’s a sucker punch every time. So my newest quest is to read this book and actually try crafting a nonfiction book proposal. Whether or not I self-publish, I will need to think through the issues included.
I welcome the advice, thoughts, experience etc. of any other writers out there about this issue.