Seth Godin, Bestselling author, blogger, and publishing visionary, provides a realistic look at the pros and cons of the decision between traditional and indie publishing. He asks you to consider your goals for the book and for your career.
Author JL Doty provides some insight into embracing both self-publishing and traditional publishing. Each one has its own benefits, so it's important to find the one that works best for you and your book.
Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, talks about why WestBow Press, Thomas Nelson's self-publishing division, was created. He is in a unique position to understand both the traditional and independent publishing paths. Watch this interview with one of the industry's top executives and thought leaders. You'll learn the value of self publishing, how it is changing the publishing industry, where traditional publishing fits in, and even whether or not self publishing is considered to be a valid approach (Hint: the stigma is gone).
Author Michael Perilstein share how he decided on the right publishing path for his project. His story is an example to all authors that defining your goals for the book should be a key step in deciding your publishing path. He also tells us how he found a publisher without an agent and that the key to that was targeting his inquiries to the right kind of publisher.
Cyndi Hughes, past Executive Director of The Writer's League of Texas, offers some great insights about what to consider when choosing a publishing path. If you are looking at which path is right for you, this interview is a must see.
Authors often believe that the only publishing path that they should consider is traditional publishing. While using a traditional publisher can bring legitimacy to your work, taking this route can also come with some challenges. Publisher and Wannabe Press founder, Russell Nohelty, shares some of his traditional publishing experiences and provides suggestions on how other authors can avoid negative situations such as bad contracts or counterproductive relationships. He also advises that authors can build an audience and be successful on their own, and then use this success as proof of concept when working with traditional publishers down the road.