I was all set to go the self-publishing route for my novel, and then my husband started reading/editing it and he said that I should try and resubmit it to agents and go the traditional publishing route. My husband keeps telling me that it’s good enough to try and find an agent, and that it is 110% better than it was two years ago, and I trust his judgement, but at the same time, he’s biased. He told me earlier, that he would have told me if it was garbage, but I really don’t think he would. I don’t think he could even if he wanted to.
There are pros and cons to each option, so I’m using you guys and my way of laying out what those would be. Let me know if you think of/know anything that I’m forgetting. Also, if my understanding of how these things work is wrong, please let me know.
- I can publish what I want when I want to.
- I’m in complete control over how I want my book to look.
- I can use the people I want to, to make my cover, edit, and help with layouts.
- A lot of people have made the switch to e-readers, so I would have that market.
- I have to do all the marketing/self-promotion myself.
- The cost to print a book is ridiculous.
- I have to pay those people out of my own pocket to make my cover, edit, and help with layouts.
- It would be harder (but not impossible?) to get my book in stores.
Traditional Publishing Pros:
- My agent will do all the marketing for me.
- It would be easier to get my book out in stores.
- It will be easier to keep my identity a secret (I feel like Super-Man).
- They could probably better identify what my genre is. (I’m leaning toward, clean romance, fantasy, and new adult).
Traditional Publishing Cons:
- Query letters suck.
- They will perhaps make changes to my book that I disagree with/don’t want to do.
- I would have to play by their rules, instead of making up my own, in regards to genre classification, deadlines, author events(?)
What would you do if you were in my shoes? Would you try and submit it to an agent, or would you just self-publish anyway? I really could go either way.