Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Traditional or Self-Publishing ~ How In The World To Decide??

Do you think readers care if a book is traditionally published, as long as they like it?

Traditional Publishers

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Do you think authors who want to write for a living care about the “prestige” of landing a traditional deal?

Do you think writers are more important to our civilization than large corporate publishers?

It’s questions like these that cause otherwise mature adults to display some incredibly childish logic in the media…

Out of the 960 posts on this blog, I have 26 posts about traditional publishing and 117 posts about self-publishing—though many of them cover aspects of both.

Yes, I’m a self-published author and it would take a small flock of miracles for me to accept a traditional deal.


I really need to mention only one article, The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon, to make my case—though there are folks I know personally who’ve suffered from their treatment by the legacy houses.

I’d intended to load this post with links leading to evidence that, for nearly every reason one could consider, a writer is better served by self-publishing.

But, my opinion might be ill-formed and my experience might be insufficient; so, I want to try an experiment…

You see, I think most of my readers might be tired of posts that praise self-publishing and excoriate traditional publishing.

In fact, I have the feeling most writers have made up their minds about the issue and it’s only the folks who make money writing articles or who work for traditional publishers who keep the argument going (though there are a few folks who feel it’s a battle of principles)…

And, as if the issue weren’t already being horribly confused by partisans of each camp, there are folks out there who praise being a hybrid—though, to have some books self-published and some done traditionally, you must be one of the lucky few who have had a relatively good experience with the legacy corporations.

So, the experiment…

Please excuse me for bringing up the low number of comments this blog receives—I’d keep writing it with no comments because I know folks are reading it and that’s why I have it, for the sake of the readers…


This experiment will only work if a certain percentage of my readers make a comment…

Let me try to make it as easy as possible.

Let’s see…

If you love traditional publishing, just comment with the word, “Traditional”.

If you think self-publishing is the best, comment with the word, “Self”.

If you think both are cool, comment with both words.

If you like these posts about which form of publishing is the best, comment with the word, “Keep”.

If you’ve had more than enough information about the issue, comment with the word, “Change”.

And, if you want to vent some steam about the issue, comment with an essay :-)

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9 responses to “Traditional or Self-Publishing ~ How In The World To Decide??

  1. Ali Noel Vyain July 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Self…Is it me or does it seem like publishing is at times a battleground? I’ve run an independent publishing house for the past 11 years and sometimes I’ve had writers tell me I should offer paperbacks just like the traditional publishing houses do. I think their attitudes were bad and now I will not publish any more books from anymore but me…


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm


    Thank you for weighing in—independent publishers are smack in the middle of this issue!

    When you said, “…I will not publish any more books from anymore but me…”, did you mean only books that you have written?


  3. Debbie July 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Traditional and/or self. Indie works or me – I make more money than I suspect I ever would have made with a trad/minimal advance contract. But trad may be better for others. Who am I to judge?


  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Well, Debbie, you’re the one to judge for yourself :-)

    But, let me see if I understand your judgement—you make more money than you expected from a minimum advance traditional deal, right?

    But, have you tried self-publishing?


  5. Sessha Batto July 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Self – nothing against traditional publishing, but having two small presses fold under me has convince me I am the best person to set the course of my career.


  6. Alexander M Zoltai July 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm


    Thanks for sharing your experience!!


  7. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen July 17, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Self-Keep. That word sounds programmatic. :-)


  8. Alexander M Zoltai July 17, 2014 at 4:33 am

    It absolutely does, Martina :-)

    Thanks for your input !


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