Self-Publishing 1, Traditional Publishing 5883289538

What in the world could I be talking about? I can see the wheels spinning in your head.

Well let’s give some background. Anyone who knows anything about publishing knows that self-publishing has a certain amount of stigma attached to it. There aren’t riots in the streets and no one is calling for the heads of the CEOs of the Big 5 publishers, but there’s still a stigma.

But a little tiny sliver of hope has appeared on the horizon. The Washington Post featured a self-published romance novel as one of it’s “Best Romance Books of 2015”.

Alisha Rai’s Serving Pleasure made the cut. And it’s thought to perhaps be the first such book to make one of these best of the year lists.

So now maybe Alisha Rai will be mentioned in the same breath as Hugh Howey, E.L. James, and Andy Weir? Or not, but it’s still nice to see.

What do you think of a self-published book being named one of the best romance books of 2015? I have nothing negative to say about it.

12 thoughts on “Self-Publishing 1, Traditional Publishing 5883289538

  1. At the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, I talked to a couple agents who were potentially interested in my book. They both informed me that, while yes, I’d be agented, I should be prepared to self-pub or small-indie-pub my first 1-to-3 novels… and that even if they managed to work me into one of the larger houses, I should be prepared to do all my own marketing. The stigma is almost non-existent anymore, unless the book is utter tripe. There are a handful of review houses that won’t review self-pub… but there are ways of beating that system, too. Step 1) look professional. Step 2) *be* professional. Step 3) Work it like you own it. Because you do.

    As time goes on, we’re going to be seeing more and more people giving the finger to big-pub in favor of smaller houses. More control = more money in the pocket of the artist. As long as your book doesn’t suck, and you take the time to learn a thing-or-ten about marketing, there’s really no need anymore for the esteemed publishing contract.


    • Well you’d know better than I would. Doesn’t mean I agree. I’ll believe you when major publications stop charging outrageous fees to review self published books. Like Kirkus.


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