It's interesting as I look back over the past year. I know a lot more than I did a year ago and so much more than I did two years ago.
Last July, on my personal blog, I was considering the pros and cons of self-publication. With the industry in flux right now, it really is an amazing time. A year ago, when I wrote that post, a writer friend and mentor, Donna Hosie was adamantly opposed to self-publication.
But over the last year, after turning down offers of representation from agents who wanted to change her stories too much, Donna decided she would give it a try. Her debut novel Searching for Arthur came out on Friday. She told me she feels incredibly powerful in deciding her destiny as a write. The support she's received from friends, coworkers, and online acquaintances has been astounding and humbling.
I'm excited for her even as I work through the revise and resubmit information I received from a publisher. Until I received the R&R, my intention had been to self-pub later this year. I haven't abandoned that goal, but I confess to clinging to a desire to have at least one book traditionally published.
Because there are still places/groups that will not allow the only self-published to participate/become members.
I don't want to deny myself that option.
Does that make me a coward, surrendering to someone else's power to validate me? I hope not.
Where are you on the traditional/self-publishing issue?