@imaginatorbxb and @Bunny1996x
I’m going to answer you both. I have not read your work, so I’m giving you the advice I give everyone.
Before you decide to self publish, be certain your work is ready and you are ready. Can it compete – realistically – with what is published by traditional publishers? Do you have enough money to put out a professional product that is indistinguishable from that published by traditional publishers? Are you ready to pursue it with the doggedness required to run a small business?
There are 5000 books published on Amazon Every. Single. Day.
Think about that.
Your book has to be amazing, AND you have to work, work, work to get it in front of its target readers. Otherwise it will sink into oblivion. Self publishing well is HARD.
Bunny, I know it seems logical: Build a fan base here, and then publish on Amazon. But in practice, it doesn’t work out like that. The fan base doesn’t transfer. Most people say less than 1% of their Wattpad followers become buyers.
I’m a huge proponent of “self publishing well.” However self publishing well takes a fair amount of money, excellent craft, and a LOT of business knowledge.
I strongly believe that writers should FIRST traditionally publish – for several reasons:
Being accepted for traditional publishing gives you external validation that your writing is READY for publishing. (Hint: Professional editing does NOT ensure that!) This is HUGE for new writers who just aren’t able to tell if their book is ready.
Traditional publishing gives you a wide fan base that you can leverage for self published books in the future.
Traditional publishing will introduce you to the business side of publishing, and do so with a much easier learning curve than you’ll face if you self publish first.
If you self publish first, you’ve blown your debut status. If you want to traditionally publish in the future, you have to show them that your published books have good sales. They don’t care if they were self published – low sales mean no one wants to read your books. (There are ways to mitigate the damage, namely using a pen name for future books – but you will have to be honest with agents and publishers upfront, and they may choose not to deal with the hassle.)