August 7, 2022: New Book Reveal
This is the moment every writer works for! When they can send their newly published book out into the world!
Although this is my fourth book, it never gets old, and while I may be a little bit more seasoned, it is still a thrill like no other.
As a traditionally published author, getting to this step is more difficult than for my self-published friends, but there are so many reasons why I believe this is a better route.
1) Traditional publication routes put you in touch with real experts.
The agents and editors that you will meet as you seek traditional publication are true experts who have been working in the field of publication and have much to offer as far as expertise. Their insights and experiences are invaluable as you build your career as a writer. They have nothing to gain from leading you on and telling you’re your manuscript is great if it is not. They only earn money if your book sells, so they want it to be the best that it can be. They have already experienced every pitfall out there and can often help new writers avoid mistakes. They know the industry and the market and they have the track record to prove it.
2) Traditional publication routes allow you to focus your energy on writing.
Both the publishers I have contracts with are small presses, who do not have entire departments devoted to publicity and marketing, so even as a traditionally published author, some of those tasks fall to me. And while I do not mind scheduling school visits, contacting bookstores and libraries, and booking author signings, I cannot imagine having to do IT ALL. I do not have to worry about what is in stock; what fonts to use; how many to order per print run; the legalities of copyright, etc. I am able to devote the majority of my time to writing. I will let the editors, publishers, agents and other professionals handle the rest.
3) Traditional publication routes help to insure quality work.
While the agents and acquisition editors are gatekeepers of sort, they are also there to insure that only the very best work makes it to publication. That is not true of self-published work. Any person can deem their own work ready and worthy of publication. And I can tell you that as a writer, we truly lack perspective on our own work. Every time I finish a piece, I am convinced it is perfect. And every time, after the feedback of my editors and other professionals, the revisions they require always produce a better piece of writing.
In addition to the quality of the writing, the quality of the finished product is ensured as well. A quick surfing of writer’s social media groups, and you can find a plethora of examples of self-published writers who are fighting to have printing errors handled, waiting for promised shipments that have yet to arrive; and other stressful issues that traditionally published writers do not have to handle.
4) Traditional publication costs you NOTHING.
Because self-publishing and vanity presses require that the writer finance the project, the entire process is ripe for writer-rip-offs. Everyone, at each step of the process, is making money off of the writer. That is not to say that there are not ethical and trustworthy people in the self-publishing industry, but just that the writer must truly do their homework, research, and investigate every single person or business they deal with. Things that are extremely time consuming. And if your book has illustrations, traditional publishers deal with securing, hiring, and paying the illustrator. If you are self-publishing, those kinds of logistical, legal, and financial responsibilities fall to you.
5) Traditional publication gives you a validity that self-publishing may not.
Whether it is warranted or not, traditionally published authors have an authoritativeness that those who are not, may not have. They have been chosen. They have made the cut. They have been drafted. Professionals within the field of publication have deemed their work worthy. That is huge. At least for me. This also seems to matters to many readers, bookstores, teachers, and the general public. At book festivals, conferences, and other events, self-published works are not always given the same consideration that traditionally published works are given.
In spite of the additional work, or perhaps because of it, this moment is all the sweeter!