Today’s guest post is by Seán Cooke on the best route of publication! You can find his website here.
First off, I’d like to thank Amber for letting me do this blog post. I would tell you to go check out her awesome blog but, well… you’re obviously already here! Kudos to you for having such good taste.
I’m here to discuss what route of publication I think I’ll take and, to be honest, I’m not entirely sure where I will end up. However, I have a plan and it predominantly focuses on the traditional route which is, in the 21st century, the road less travelled. Freaky, isn’t it?
My dream, like most writers, is to be published the traditional way. I want to be in bookstores. I want to do book signings in my local store, get that new-page-smell and the weird looks from customers as I lurk around my section, sniffing everything I can find. I want the excitement of agents, contracts and, if I’m lucky, advances. Most of all, I want to do it because the books I read and the authors I’ve grown up on did it that way.
The traditional route isn’t gone. No giant boulders have blocked its entrance. No blistering winds knock adventurers off its course. Sure, the surrounding undergrowth has started to impede and narrow the path, creating less space every year for adventurers to walk, but the path still exists. I don’t see the “dying” traditional route as an impossibility, I see it as a challenge. People still get signed up. People still succeed. And yes, despite what you’re told, people do actually make a living with their writing. The question is, are you good enough? Only one way to find out.
I would like to try my way along this route first. I want to walk in the footsteps of heroes and fallen alike, facing the struggles that some have risen from, and most have fallen victim to. If I can get published now, it is a testament to my writing. I love my work and I trust my writing, I’m not going to shy away from the harshest critics of all. I also want my writing to be read by others, like all writers, so naturally I will go the route that gives me the widest readership.
“What if that fails?”
“Who said that?”
“It is I, the lone wolf on my path through the Amazonian forest.”
I imagine I will someday join the brave wanderer on his path to self-publication. I like to see it as a challenge, a way to test not only my writing, but also my business skills. It takes more than just writing prowess to succeed as a self-published author. You need to be good at marketing, management, finances, networking and many more avenues. Luckily, the social media world we live in makes this ten times easier than it once was.
Am I going to go straight to self-publishing? No. Will I if my traditional publishing route fails me? Yes. How long will I give it until I throw in the towel with traditional publishing and move to a new ring? Not a clue!
Only time will tell how long my resilience will last in the traditional publishing world. I’d like to believe it won’t be tested long, as I will be swept up for the literary god that I am. Hey, we can all have dreams…
The real question is, what route do you intend to go down and why?