Some people have this idea that their way of publishing is the *only* way to publish. Some think it’s indie/self-publishing, some think it’s with a traditional publisher (the Big 5 New York pubs), and some think it’s e-publishing.
I’m tired of seeing authors bashed–mostly by other authors–for choosing to self-publish, or for choosing not to. I’ve seen some bashed for turning down contracts, some bashed for not turning down contracts. It’s a vicious cycle. Honestly, it’s a vicious thing period to bash someone for making a decision that’s right for them.
The thing is, all forms of publishing come with their own perks and their own sets of pros and cons. It’s up to each author to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice or do without to achieve their goals. I have some author friends who absolutely adore their epublishers, some who won’t look back since they’ve self-published, others who are dying for a NY contract, and even some who are doing it all. That’s absolutely AWESOME. Authors are in a great place when they have options, when they have choices. There is no right or wrong way to publish. There’s only what’s right or wrong for you, the author.
I’m proud to be an indie publisher. I love it, and if you know me, odds are good I’ve probably talked it up. Heck, I’ve probably suggested you give it a try, just because I think it’s a good option. But at the end of the day, I know and respect that it’s not the only option. The bottom line is, it’s right for me. It’s right for my goals and my plans. But every author has their own goals, their own plans and wants and needs, and that’s absolutely okay with me.
You know what? I was wrong before. Ultimately, I think every author has the same goal: to publish their stories. That’s the destination I think we all share. The journey is what’s different and that’s the most important part. I don’t want some other author’s journey; I want my own. I want to follow my own path and see where it leads me.
At the core of it all, isn’t that what everyone wants? They want to get where they’re going, but they want to do it on their terms. There’s nothing wrong with that. Life is about choice. The good, the bad, the ugly. Your choices don’t have to be right for me because they’re yours, and mine don’t have to be right for you because they’re mine.
So today, I’m asking you to stand with me and accept that not everyone has the same path to travel. You don’t have to follow theirs, but you can respect that it’s right for them, even if it’d be wrong for you.
Hi, I’m Lanie. Our destinations may be the same, but our paths are different and that’s okay. We’ll meet at the end eventually.