August 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm #3043
Here is an article I found this morning which summarizes well both sides of the argument. Feel free to leave your thoughts below!September 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm #4950
If you want another option to traditional and self publishing, try http://www.pubslush.com. Its a new website that uses social networking and voting to pick who gets published. They also give back to children in need. check it out!September 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm #4951
One factor I’ve been considering is the amount of money it’s likely to take to get my manuscript read by the right agent. I wonder how many agents have the time to read e-mail submissions. If I pay for a pitch or critique at a conference or workshop, at least I can be confident the agent or author is reading part of my work. The question then becomes how many I have to pay for before finding the right agent. Am I better off spending the money on professional editing and self-publishing? At least that way I can work out some sort of a budget.September 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm #4952
@erine – I took a look at pubslush. It sounds like a cool idea but I didn’t end up signing up because I couldn’t figure out how much it *cost* to support a book. Do you see it somewhere? It’s probably written in a huge font in bright red on page one and I can’t find it, because I think I’m going blind. If there’s no way to find out the cost, I think it’s kind of creepy.September 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm #4953
@xaenyth If you click on the support button at a book’s page you can check out the possibilities without any commitment on your part. 🙂 Even if you make a “bid” you can still cancel it later.September 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm #4954
Thanks for pointing that out Hermina. I couldn’t see it because I hadn’t signed up yet.
So it looks the minimum bid is $25 and they say you need 2000 supporters to have your book published. Is that right? Your book has to make $50,000 before they’ll publish it? Or am I still crazy?September 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm #4955
Yupp, that seems to be the right conclusion. It does have an insane-ish ring to it.September 18, 2011 at 4:08 am #4956
I’m definitely planning to publish my first book–and hopefully a few after that–with a traditional publisher. I’m not desperate to get into one of the Big Six though–I would much rather work with a small press.
I’ll probably end up self-publishing something eventually, but for now I want to do the work and get the traditional publishing deal.
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