So I finished my manuscript and it’s about as perfect as I think I’ll be able to get it and I will be trying for publication soon. The only thing is: I’m still not sure how I want to do that.
My first instinct has been to try for traditional publishing as I feel like that’s the best way to get it “out there” in a way that will catch the eye of the general public. However, one of my friends is strongly pushing me towards self-publishing. He says that trad-publishing is basically pointless and can’t do anything for you that you couldn’t do on your own with self-publishing. I’m hesitant about self-publishing though as there still seems to be a major stigma against it. My main goal is to get my book read and if the fact that it is self-published will in and of itself deter readers, that would really suck. I also understand that self-publishing requires a lot of up front costs, which makes perfect sense. But I also remember hearing a statistic that the average self-published book sells 10 copies at best, so the idea of sinking $2000+ into a book that I will be lucky to sell 10 copies of is quite off-putting. My book is very niche, so it will already be hard to sell, plus I don’t know jack shit about marketing, and I’m not the most social media-savvy individual. If I put all this time and money into publishing a book just for it to be completely, I would definitely feel like a complete failure.
I don’t know. Are my fears well-founded? Any experiences with self-publishing anyone can relate? Any dos and don’ts? Also, are you still able to get it made into various formats (print, ebook, and audio)? What about onto the shelves of major booksellers? I’ve tried doing research, but I’m still really clueless about all of this and really torn.