Where your work is published matters. Period. Anyone who tells you differently is wrong.
With the prominence of media and self-publishing as options, it can be daunting to know exactly where to publish your work. There are a few easy rules to remember.
This is when you pay for your book to be printed on paper and bound together into a book. This is also when you pay to have your text published in an online form such as an eBook. Any form of publishing which you do not pay to appear on the page yourself is not self publishing.
1. Don’t self publish if you intend to be the next Stephen King.
2. Self publishing can be done by anyone anywhere.
3. No publisher means little or no marketing. It also means poor distribution.
4. No agent could mean no one to guide your writing to the proper form.
5. No editor means that you may produce a piece of work with several errors.
6. Paying for your own work to be printed isn’t a career.
7. Be wary. Self publishing is for those who want a personal accomplishment not a professional one.
1. This included blogs, website, etc.
2. Publishing online without a strong company behind you (like Time) can be risky.
3. Anything online can be immediately distributed.
4. Serious offers may not want to publish your work if they know it is already online somewhere.
5. Online publishing is a great way to get your opinion out. It is also a great way to break into journalism or to become a critic.
1.These exist for a reason. Because they are a business and have made money for a very long time.
2. Publishers have the funding to market your work.
3. They also have the funding to pay you.
4. This is the route most commercial authors go – with an agent sometimes included.
5. They have professional editing services.
6. They are willing to work with you to craft your work if you are already someone they feel has promise.
7. Their interest is an investment in you.
8. Having a finished piece is best to present to a publisher.
This isn’t a publishing avenue, but agents are important.
1. They have special relationships with publishers.
2. They understand the legal aspects of a contract – or they’re supposed to at least.
3. They only make money if you make money – and if they ask for anything otherwise, walk away.