Alrighty then... Find an agent, or self-publish. Here are the pro's and cons:
Agent good stuff:
- An agent is your new best friend. New best friends are fun!
- They looooooovvvve your book ( also known as The Masterpiece) and that feels soooo good. Their stamp of approval kicks your ego up a few notches. Yes indeed, they do love your manuscript, or they wouldn't waste their precious time on it.
- They are on your side and it feels good to have a hand-holder leading you through the cold, inhospitable battle zone of the publishing biz.
- Agents know people. They're connected. They will toil day and night, buy dinners and drinks for untold numbers of publishers, and call in favors, all to find you a publisher.
- An agent will negotiate your contract (squeeze the publisher) for stellar royalties and a gigantic advance... or at least they'll give it a shot.
- An agent will work at collecting your royalties on time throughout the shelf-life of your book.
Agent bad stuff:
- Time and frustration. Finding an agent is a lot like online dating. There are anxiety producing profiles to compile, never-before-heard pickup lines to invent and a kind of distant seduction to undertake. Then the waiting... on and on it goes... blech. It can take many a moon, years even, to find an agent sufficiently enamored with your manuscript to commit. An aside... If you're at all interested in learning one agent's advice on querying, visit a favorite blogger of mine, Janet Reid's Query Shark blog.
- An agent is a step toward publication but isn't a guarantee that you'll be published. Your agent still has to sell your weighty tome to a publishing house.
- And once all the business is done, your beloved agent skims 15% off the top of your advance and the paltry percentage paid by the publisher. In perpetuity... Worth it? You tell me.
|Elizabeth Lavine's self -published |
book, Snuffy and Vroom Vroom
- You, my darling Hyper-Typer, are in control. Yay! Everything connected with your book will be exactly the way YOU want it to be.
- And yay... Instant gratification. No waiting around for OTHER PEOPLE to get their doody-doo together and make things happen. It's done quick, up for sale and there for the buying... and your profits can come rolling in.
- And those profits are astro-numerical... not the itsy bitsy % of the royalties realized from the publisher, but the whole enchilada.
- Not only are you responsible for any raging, astronomic success, but also for... boohoo... failure. It's all on you.
- Self-publishing is going to be time consuming. Sure it is. You have just became a publisher and the job doesn't stop when your book hits Amazon's site. So, if you are now a fulltime admin type, when the heckle-me-jeckle are ya going to type, Writer-Type?
- It'll cost ya... Read back through the previous editions of this subject and take note of the fees and expenses. there's the editing, the illustrator and book-interior design fees, there's marketing, perhaps you'll fly around doing book signings, there's distribution and printed copies for brick-and-mortar-stores. You'll rent a party place and have a book launch with catered snacks and valet parking.... okay, maybe not that last one. But believe it. This is gonna cost you $$$.
|Barbara Farnsworth's self published|
book, Where the Lost Things Go
Hey, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Wait! Everyone is doing it!... I'll rephrase. If it was easy, everyone would have a bestseller.
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