There’s a bit of a heated conversation in the writing world about the benefits and risks of eBooks and/or self-publishing versus traditional publishing methods. I won’t begin to relate all of that argument here, but the gist of it is that many people feel that self-publishing is a rip-off. You pay hundreds of dollars to a company and in return all you get are some bound copies of your manuscript in book form. You can get listed in online sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but good luck getting into an actual store. You also have to do your own marketing.
Having said that, there are quite a few people lately who have seen more and more success with self-publishing, or by making their available as an eBook, and even though I sound like I’m against the self-publishing route, I’m really not. I applaud those who are becoming successful with that route, and I’ve actually done some self-publishing myself, although that was nearly a decade ago.
Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the ending here, but I’ve included a couple of links to some interesting Newsweek articles that discuss this very argument, and I hope you find them interesting.
Take a look and let us know your own experiences with publishing, whether traditional or self. Let’s use this opportunity to share our knowledge and help each other make the best decision we can and get our work in front of as many people as possible.