Well written & worth reading. Thanks.
In response to the ‘traditional or self-publishing’ arguments that are going around lately, I have been hearing quite a few writers saying that they want a publisher because they don’t want to have to spend their writing time doing all the editing, cover design and promoting. It sounds a reasonable enough argument, except that it appears to be based on some unrealistic expectations.
I’m going to skip over the issue of merely getting a publisher in the first place, because we all know how absurdly difficult that is. Instead I want to attack the fallacy of thinking we can get around having to take responsibility for the success of our own books.
Thousands of books are published every week. Many of them sell fewer than 1000 copies. As a result, many first-time authors never get a second book in print. If traditional publishing is so damn good at marketing books…
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