My heart has been racing this weekend. I haven’t run a mile or biked or anything like that (which I probably should…). I’ve decided that it is time to face the daunting task of looking for a partner in crime. Also known as a publisher. I was asked on an Instagram post one afternoon if I was going the traditional way of publishing and I said yes, I am.
But, why? When this digital age has so many tools out there to do it on your own, why not just do it on your own? It’s not because I lack the discipline. It’s not that I have time constraints or anyone to set my schedule other than myself. Today I will be discussing at least two of the reasons why I am choosing to go the traditional route when there are so many ways of going about that from publisher to publisher.
- The Potential for Feedback.
Rejection. That’s the number one thing I think authors fear when publishing and just want to do it on their own, building their own empire as they go. I commend those who are able to successfully do that; but whenever I thought of doing that part of it on my own my head began to spin.Unless you’re able to build up an incredible support system, you have the time to teach yourself multiple programs, and you’re a fabulous networker who can find a good editor or book cover designer, AND you have the capital to pay everyone separately (which I do not), then by all means go for the self-publishing.
Personally, I want the feedback. Whether it’s through straight up rejection or an agent’s perspective, I want to know if I have a good story from folks in the biz who have “seen it all.” I am so thankful to have found a small group of beta readers who are interested in seeing where The Firedamp Chronicles are headed. Even though they’re mostly a critique group, they are also preparing me (whether they realize it or not) to be able to receive news whether it’s good, the bad or the ugly. Sometimes the bad and the ugly can be the most valuable contributions.
- Childhood Nostalgia. Now this one might not really make sense, but let me explain. Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to publish a book. Back when I was a kid resources like MailChimp, Amazon Publishing and online formatting tools didn’t exist. Not only that, I remember imagining having a team of those who supported my stories around me and give me the opportunities my favorite writers do. That kind of environment of like-minded, goal-oriented people is what I want to be a part of.There is a part b reason within the realm of childhood nostalgia as to why I’m aiming for traditional publishing. My uncle, Bob Hartman, is a published author of children’s books. Of course he has a very specific genre, as I am finding I do as well, but I remember whenever he had a new book published, he’d dedicate it to the next niece or nephew in line and we’d all spend that Christmas reading it. My website’s name is inspired by the fact that there’s other Hartmans in my family who’ve been published long before I was born. They did it the traditional way and have been quite successful with it. That fact alone greatly encourages my own very different journey.
I’m not going to lie – traditional publishing is just as intimidating and just as much work as self-publishing. You have to market yourself in both methods and you have to be confident enough in your work to sell it. I appreciate authors who have published via both methods. The traditional route may take a bit longer, but it’s just as rewarding as self-publishing. Of course, this is coming from someone who has nothing out there at all but her blog and Twitter/IG accounts and a dream, but I’ve met authors, using either method, who have been successful. They know how tough it is in the publishing world as a whole.
Now, time to plan a meet up with my uncle to discuss said publishing!