I’m going to share a really great post from another blog.
Did I mention this is a really good post. Basically, Stephen breaks down the numbers to show why self-publishing is actually not a bad option. Whether you are already traditionally published or trying to break out into the literary world, he makes a pretty compelling argument.
When I first started, I was warned: If you self-publish your book, an agent or publisher will not want to pick it up because they won’t feel like they’ve “discovered” it. As we have seen over the past couple of years, thanks in part to the Shady Books That Will Not Be Named, that just is not true anymore.
Yes, it takes a lot of work to self-publish. You will either learn how to become a really good editor (Please, please edit) or you will hire an editor (please, please if you don’t become your own really good editor shell out the funds for one or beg a college student or something). You will be the only one promoting your stuff (he covers that in the article too, in case you are still enamored with the myth that publishing contract = instant promotion with no work from you.
You also have complete control of your work. You decide the markets it goes out to. You decide how it is promoted. You decide the blurb (also cannot tell you how often I see misleading book blurbs). You have control of all of it.
But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Read the link above.