On the Eighth day of Christmas Vacation

December 29th, 2008 • Kate

Eight Maids A-MilkingDaphne gave to me a question for GE. (Wow, that one almost sort of rhymes. Woot!) Anyway, in the comments on another post, GE asks:

Do you think with all this reorganizing of different publishing companies, most other publishing places will do the same?
The economy is down, so what does that say to aspiring writers? Maybe self-publishing isn’t such a bad idea as long as we have strong outsourced editors, i.e., maybe a laid-off editor? What do you think?

Well, GE, even since you sent this question in, I think we’ve seen some more reorganization, like Macmillan’s big sorting of all their children’s imprints under one umbrella.
But the problem with self-publishing, as Book Promotion 101 guru Bella Stander posted the other day, isn’t about having a nicely edited book, or even a great looking package. It’s about distribution, and most self-published authors are never going to get their books into the big chains or really anywhere beyond a kind local bookstore.
I hate being so pessimistic about this — it’s totally not in my nature — but self-publishing isn’t the same as being published. Even with the very best editor that a downsizing publisher let go working on your book, it’s not the same thing as having the backing of that house on your literary efforts.
Use this downtime to polish your prose, keep researching agents, and we’ll all just hope for things to get better again, ok?

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2 Responses to “On the Eighth day of Christmas Vacation”

  1. Kel Says:

    Couldn't agree more, self-publishing isn't the same as being published.

  2. jrbutcher Says:

    GE,
    Polish polish! Enter contests, write more books, get critiques. We do this because we love it right? There's no law that says it can't be fun. Take what you've learned and help a newbie. You'll feel better. They'll be better, win-win.
    –Julie
    "People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson