Not surprisingly, I frequently get into conversations about traditional publishing versus independent publishing. Casual acquaintances often ask me if I’m thrilled to be able to publish on my own.
My answer, again not surprisingly, is somewhat complicated.
I’m thrilled to have another option, absolutely. I’m thrilled to have a venue for selling books that are out of print, 100%. I’m thrilled to have a place to market books that never quite found their traditional-publishing home, without a single, solitary doubt.
But I became a writer because I enjoy writing. I did not become a writer to be an editor. Or a copy-editor. Or a cover artist. Or a computer coder. Or a publicist. Or, or, or…. (And that’s completely separate from the question of whether I have the *skills* to perform any or all of those jobs!)
I love having traditional publishing take care of those things for me. And I love getting an advance, a set dollar amount that I can plan around.
So far, my traditional-versus-independent analysis has tilted strongly in favor of traditional for new works and independent for re-released works.
Except things are getting a bit more complicated… FRIGHT COURT is out there – a work that was commissioned by a traditional publisher, went through traditional editing, but then was passed over for release as an actual book.
FRIGHT COURT is selling *well*. (OK, not Suzanne Collins or Nora Roberts or Steven King well, but Mindy Klasky well.) It has been in the top 100 on Amazon’s romantic fantasy and fantasy romance list several times in the past couple of weeks. Based on current sales, I could earn back a typical advance in a bit under a year.
And so I’m starting to think. I’m starting to slip down that slippery slope. I’m starting to consider whether Sarah and James need another story, one that will be published entirely through the independent side of the business…
Mindy, still musing (and laughing hysterically as she sees what *else* needs to be written in the next six months!)