Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: The Summary

Since May 2014, I’ve written 16 posts to help a writer with his first manuscript choose between traditional publishing and self-publishing. I’m bringing the blog series to a close with a summary of what I’ve considered. A few initial thoughts. The blog series and summary assume that a writer who chooses to self-publish will hire a qualified editor […]

Promotion: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Nearly a year and a half ago, I began a blog series comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing for a fiction writer who’s completed her first manuscript. Today’s post is about promotion. It would be nice if a first-time writer could build readers and maybe even earn an income just by having her book published. However, […]

Writer Advances

I’m down to my last few posts about a first-time writer choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Today I’m looking at advances. Advances are a concept specific to traditional publishing. To learn about them, I’ve looked at standard form contracts, spoken to several writer friends including Melodie Campbell and done research. What is an advance? […]

Publishing Contracts: Promises by the Writer

In my two most recent posts about a first-time writer choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing, I looked at copyright and the promises made to a writer in a publishing contract. This post gives an overview of the promises made by the writer in a publishing contract. In other words, it’s about the writer’s obligations, and […]

Publishing Contracts: Promises to the Writer

In my last blog about a first-time writer choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing, I had a look at copyright in a fiction manuscript. This has set me up for two blogs about traditional publishing contracts, which only writers working with publishing houses will have. Today’s post is a broad overview of the promises made to […]

Copyright

  I’m continuing my blogs about a first-time writer choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing. One key difference between those two routes is that a writer who chooses traditional publishing will have a contract with a publishing house. I thought I would write posts about copyright, promises of the publisher under a traditional publishing contract […]

Trad vs. Self-Publishing: Periodical Reviews

In 2014, I began a series of blogs about a first-time writer who’s completed a fiction manuscript and is deciding whether to search for a traditional publishing contract or to self-publish. When I left off, I was writing about non-financial considerations like lifestyle and control. This week I’m blogging about a writer’s access to media […]

Self-Publishing Stigma

Today I’m posting a few thoughts about the stigma associated with self-publishing. I’m including the post in my series of blogs about what a first-time fiction writer should consider when choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Self-pub authors know the stigma I mean. It shows in many forms. Newspapers and many bloggers won’t review us. Many book stores […]

Time to Market

In my posts about a first-time writer deciding between traditional publishing and self-publishing, I’ve recently been discussing non-financial considerations. Today I’m writing about the time it takes for the writer’s book to come to market once the manuscript has been completed. Since The Case for Killing was self-published, I’ve learned about “time to market” for traditionally published […]

Lifestyles of Traditionally vs. Self-Published Authors

In my last blogs about a first-time fiction writer choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing, I looked at non-financial considerations that might make the writer lean one way or another. Today I’m posting about the career lifestyle associated with each. If one looks at day-to-day career lifestyles, I think those of traditionally and self-published authors are bound to be […]