Why Not to Self-Publish Your First-Ever Book So Fast

So you can take this with a grain of salt, but I’ve had four writers ask me about self-publishing in the last week. All four of these writers have recently completed or are completing their very first novel. All four of them have self-publishing floating around as an option or they have decided to go with it for sure. Some of these writers seemed fed up with the state of legacy (traditional) publishers these days. Some of these writers specifically asked for my honest opinion.

My honest opinion is that everybody is different, but if you’re considering self-publishing your first and only book so far, it might be a bad idea. Unless you’re 83 or dying of cancer and you seriously don’t have much time to write more books or try to publish another way, self-publishing your first book just seems crazy to me. Here’s some of the things you should consider.

The Long Haul

You’re in this for the long haul, right? You’re going to write more books, right? Then write some of them first before jumping into an irreversible state. Sure, you can fix typos and other problems fairly easily (although sometimes it can cost you…), but once people have read your work, you’ve established yourself. That book is up on Amazon forever as soon as there is one sale. Even if you unpublish it, the cover is at least still there to view (if you publish in print, not just eBook), as well as your name and all the book reviews. Goodreads won’t let you delete your book if there’s more than a certain number of reviews. Forever. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but my first book sucked. Yours is probably five billion times better than my first one, but I’ll tell you one thing – those valuable lessons I learned about writing and publishing in between the time I wrote my second and fourth – unbelievable. Sure glad I didn’t jump in too soon. I self-published my fourth book, by the way. It was only at that point I truly felt ready in all respects.

Planning Strategically

When you do finally publish, stuff happens fast. All of a sudden you have even less time to write and work on more books than you did before. All of a sudden everything changes. Completely. Your emotional state is different. Your time changes. Your priorities change. Even in traditional publishing, it’s a good idea to have more than one book lined up ready to go. If you can crank out perfect books in 2 – 3 months, I’m seriously impressed. If you’re like me and it takes months and months to write a complete novel (not including edits and most revisions), then you should probably have some more books ready. This is, of course, assuming that you want your career moving at a steady pace. Most successful authors are successful because they keep publishing one book after another. That’s what can “make” you as an author. Some authors seem to be lucky to make it big off their debut and people somehow remember them even if they take 5 years to write the next book, but those authors do seem few and far between, and there’s usually a lot of marketing and money behind all of that.

I think it’s important to have a nice plan in place before you publish. It’s so very, very exciting to put your book out there, but have you planned what comes after that? Publishing is a career, or at least most writers see it that way. If you have a plan, is publishing other books in that plan? If so, do you have plans for them? Are they at least drafted? Have you made plans for taxes, long-term marketing and publishing budget, setting up a legal business, your website? Readers love to know when your next book is coming out, and wouldn’t it be nice to put that in the back of the first book you put out so you can try and guarantee an established audience who’s going to buy all of your work because they know they can expect more to come out soon?

Honestly, I didn’t think a lot about this stuff when I self-published Cinders. I sure wish I had. But I’m glad I at least knew Cinders was the right book to publish at the time, and I don’t regret it for one second. It just would have been nice if I’d had more of a plan for other books to come after that one. I’m also very lucky and glad that I had other books written by the time I publishedΒ Monarch. Now I have three books coming out in three years and that’s comforting. But guess what? I’m still stressing out about that fourth book – the one I haven’t written yet, nor have any idea what it will be about. But it’s nice to know I have time to write it now while other books are coming out.

Time

I think the biggest mistake writers make is thinking that they’re running out of time. They get really antsy. They watch their birthdays slide by one after the other and they’re still not published. The truth is that, yes, publishing can take a very, very long time. Especially traditional publishing. It’s kind of insane how long it can take, so it’s depressing, absolutely. But I also think that it isn’t a bad thing to publish later than sooner. In the end, a few years probably won’t make that much of a difference in your career. It’s still going to take you as long to write books, right? So get some ready first and then publish them in a way that gets them in front of your readers at a good pace. If you’re traditionally publishing, it’s a great idea to write books while you’re querying or on submission and waiting.

And, of course, this is all just my opinion and you can wave your hand at me and say, “Bah!” Some of my good author friends did self-publish their first and only book, and they’re doing just fine as far as I know. I also know this post falls into the “advice people just choose not to take” category, which is fine, too. Still, I like to put this out there because it’s nice to share what I’ve learned, at least. But if you ask me if you should self-publish your first-ever novel, these are the things I’m going to tell you. I’m also going to direct you to these posts:

My Little Revision Secret (if you’re dying to see your first little baby in print, this might be a good solution instead of self-publishing)

Then If That Fails, I’ll Self PublishΒ (a post with my thoughts on self-publishing for the wrong reasons)

Posted by Michelle D. Argyle

47 comments

Susan Kaye Quinn

Great thoughts! Especially the one how everything changes, once you're published. There's always competition for that writing time, but after publishing, there's even MORE.

Great post. Patience is a virtue, it seems, even when it comes to self-publishing.

great post, michelle! i especially loved the 'time' bit. i used to be pretty impatient too, and wanted to get published as a teen, but now when i look back at my writing from my mid-teens, i'm SO glad i never tried to get published. πŸ˜€

Angie Paxton

I thought this was a great post. Very good advice. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa Milstein

I cringe when people who write their first books decide to self-publish. They blame traditional publishing for being too slow, say their book is for a niche market so the big 6 won't recognize them, and quote JA Konrath. Looking back at my first manuscript, I can see all the things wrong with it now that I couldn't at the time. Thank goodness self-publishing wasn't what it is now. What if I'd done it? That would be out there forever! While I want to be published, I know I need to be patient.

Jessica Bell

This is a BRILLIANT post. I couldn't have said it better myself. I'd just like to add, that there is also the fact that you may regret publishing your first book, because as time goes by, you will realize how much better a writer you are becoming and actually be embarrassed by it. I think that should be avoided at all costs. Writers should be proud of everything they have in print. And the only way for this to happen, is by allowing yourself the time to learn and practice.

I agree. πŸ™‚

Rose Nevets

It is nice to read your thoughts on the subject! It was well thought out and nicely put together and gave any of us who might think about writing some good material to consider. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

Christauna Asay

Awesome post. My first book is being published but let me just say that it was only after 3-4 years of querying/rejections that forced me to edit and revise that it got to a publishable state. Just before my publisher picked it up I had been thinking of self-publishing. Praise all that is holy that I didn't because even the version that my publisher liked still needed masses of edits and revisions. I think it's a good idea to be in the game for several years, reading and learning before trying to self-publish. Thanks for the this post. πŸ™‚

Michelle, you bring up many good points. I chose to self-publish after the deafening silence I received from the Big 6. I decided to give myself permission to believe in myself as a writer, instead of waiting for the permission of the publishing community (and given the current state of the publishing industry, you may wait a very long time). For some people seeing is believing and holding your book in your hands or seeing your name on Amazon is the thrill you need to push you up the next step of your writing career. I don't think a weak (but not disastrous) first book can damage a long-term career. So I say (get an editor) self-publish your first baby, pop the cork on the champagne and then get to work on the next project! Life is short, eat dessert first.

Great post! It's hard to be patient, and you brought up some really good points on why it's a good idea to hold off. It's so important to have a plan. It's tough to realize that you might have to write multiple books to get it right, but so true in many cases.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

From Ren Garcia:I can't leave a comment in your blog, so I'll comment here. Great post, Michelle, and, as you say there are Seasons and Occasions. I actually self-published my first book. I never really wanted to get into the standard "Submit and Reject" pattern which can take years to get out of. When I SP'ed, I already had six books written behind the first one, so I had a rather large inventory of stuff ready to go. I must say that SP'ing my first book opened so many doors for me. I realized early on that simply having a book available on Amazon meant nothing. Once you've got a book out there is when the hard work begins: the going to shows and smiling and having no shame and shilling your book with abandon. That done, good things generally happen. One: you generate real sales and that tends to get people's attention. Two: People become familiar with you, you become a member of the club. Publishers actually approach you with offers, and not the other way around, which is sort of cool. So, if you have an extensive inventory of work, and you're ready to do what needs to be done, SP'ing can be a successful approach to breaking in.

Lester D. Crawford

What I have gleaned from years of reading what the insiders say about writing and publishing, is that I can do the writing part, but the chances of being published are virtually nil. Rare lighting strikes do occur when someone is published, but one should write only because one loves to write, never because one hopes someone will actually read the work. I am pessimistic of my chances for success.Since my youth, I have had the desire to tell stories. The story I am currently writing is one that has percolated in my imagination for decades. When my job went offshore and I landed in the rubbish heap of society, unemployed, unemployable, and doomed, the opportunity to write was upon me. However, the window of opportunity is short; soon homelessness will put an end to all of my dreams.Now is the time to strike, now is the time to take the chance, now is the time to roll the dice to see if I get a seven, or snake-eyes. To ensure my best chances of success, I have worked hard to hone skills specific to fiction writing, which were not skills my life-long career required. I write and rewrite. I edit and polish. I strive for perfection since I am a perfectionist at heart. When I decide my manuscript is finished, and all of my alpha, beta, and ultimately, my omega readers have placed their stamps of approval upon my work, I will seek publication.What happens when what I was warned about happens? No publisher is interested. No publisher is willing to take on an unknown writer. No publisher likes the kind of epic story I tell, a story with a complex world and deep characters. What happens then?Self-publishing is not my first choice, but it is a choice. Ultimately, self-publishing may be my only choice. As I move into my cardboard box under the railroad overpass, I will have my work published. I will then hold up my book and declare, "I did it!" and then die.

The English Teacher

Wise words, Michelle.I have begun to dig into reading self-published books lately. Once upon a time, the fact that a book was self-published guaranteed it was bad, but that is slowly changing. Thus far, Cinders is one of two truly excellent self-published works I've read, but I've also read a few that weren't too bad. The authors of the latter books no doubt needed the advice you give in this post: a little more time, a little more refinement = a better product.However, I can see Lester's point as well. There comes a time for lots of authors when it's better to self-publish than to continue to be squelched by rejection of those in powerful places.

GYPSYWOMAN

thanks so much for a very thorough and informed post on a topic that plagues many of us – the bottom line is that there is something for everyone today – depending upon your goals and objectives and/or financial resources – again – great post!

I think this sort of thing really depends on the writer. There are some writers out there (not me, but I do know a couple) who were good storytellers from the very first book. And some (like me) have several drafts in the trunk that won't ever see the light of day without complete rewrites. But to say that all writers will experience emotional scarring, or damage their career with a book published too early is to assume that all writers are the same – and that's not true. Some writers will be fine publishing their first novel, warts and all. Others will have a dud – but it won't matter, because people tend to forget bad books, and they forget who wrote them too. If somehow it's so bad people manage to remember, there's always pen names and ways to get around that. There's a lot more leeway with books that need work in the self-pub arena…one of which being you can always go back and clean up a novel that needs work. This is why I generally shy away from giving advice like this – it simply doesn't apply to all authors, as we're all different, we're all in different places as far as writing goes, and we all deal with things differently in terms of emotional attachment. What causes emotional distress or career bumps for one person may not for another, and I think that's important to keep in mind.

Michael Offutt

You have a great analysis of the pros and cons in this post. I decided to do the traditional route which means my work will not come out until 2013. Am I antsy? Nah. I'm working on sequels (like you said in this post) and I am not one that can write a novel in three months. It takes me almost a year to put one out from start to finish (and that's before I send it to my editor). I write slow lol

Rick Daley

I chose to self-publish THE MAN IN THE CINDER CLOUDS after writing three other books, landing an agent and working with her to get one of the aforementioned prior books in shape to submit to publishers, and submitting said book.Then I took THE MAN IN THE CINDER CLOUDS into a 3rd grade classroom, read the opening chapters to the kids, and fully captured their attention to the point where they sat quietly and listened for 20 minutes (not easy to do, according to the teacher).Then I got a group of very diverse critique partners to pick the book apart for me so I could revise it umpteen times as I incorporated all the feedback until I was finally happy with the results.Then I allocated a budget for professional cover design and marketing activities, had final rounds of critiques and revisions, and launched.So far so good. I'm where I expected to be with sales at this stage, and I'm thrilled with the reviews I've received so far. But this decision was calculated…I didn't throw the book out before it was ready or make the decision based on frustration with traditional publishing. I just think the time is right for me to self-publish this book.

Those are great thoughts, Michelle. I think it's one of the problems with the big self-publishing push. It's hard to know if your book is really ready or not. I hope people go in with their eyes open. Thanks for posting this!

This is all fabulous advice. I cringe to think of how I would feel if my first book was out in the world.

C. N. Nevets

Paragraphs running through my head, but I'll just leave it at: Truer than most people know or admit.And then add one other comment: However good your first book is, it is unlikely to be the quality or even the voice of the corpus of works you later feel are most representative of your writing.And then I'll be good.

J. L. LaRossa

Great post Michelle. Thank you.I wonder if it is a good or bad idea to publish short stories on my blog or website while I go through the long years of editing and re-writing my first novel and wait for the traditional publishing before attempting to self-publish.Thank you on advance to anyone that can give me an advice.

Great advice. Thanks for sharing what you have learned. I found your post through a fellow blogger. Glad I found you. You are welcome to stop by my blog.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Susan: Yes, that is one of the truest statements I've ever heard!Anjali: Patience seems to be everything in this business.Aleeza: Oh, I'm so, so happy I didn't publish as a teen. It would have been cool, I suppose, but I'm happy where I'm at right now and wouldn't trade it for anything.Angie: You're welcome! Thank you for coming by. πŸ™‚Theresa: I cringe, too, but sometimes I'm proved wrong when they take off and do well, so who knows. All I know is that the majority are probably better holding off. You have a good attitude about being patient. It's certainly not something to rush into.Jessica: Brilliant, yay! You're always such a boost to my ego, you know. What would I do without you? You have an excellent point about becoming a better writer. I didn't mention that, though, because we're always going to become better writers, so it's important to realize that there is also a place where you just have to step out and do it no matter how much better you think you'll become.Lydia: Thanks for coming by!Rose: Thank you for reading. I hope it's something others consider, but I also know it's not for everyone.Christauna: Yeah, after talking to you I was glad to see that you had waited quite awhile and took great care in your decisions. Always very important. I guess I just get nervous for the authors who seem to be rushing into things.Rosemary: That is wonderful that you gave yourself permission to finally jump in. That is a point that every writer must reach, I think. I also don't think a weak book will ruin anybody's career, nope. And Jamie has a good point down below that there's always the choice of different names and moving on from that point, too. Which is totally fine. The main point I wanted to make here is that I feel that some authors might not be looking at the whole picture and taking everything into consideration before they jump in.Kristina: Yeah, I just feel like an author might be better off if they've written other books and decide from there which they want to do first or where the best point is to begin from there.Ren: Thank you for your comment. Sorry you couldn't leave it here yourself! It sounds like when you self published that you were already on a path where you were comfortable and very sure about your career and where you wanted to go and what you wanted to write. That's a great point to be when deciding to self-publish or not. Lester: I hope this post doesn't sound like it's discouraging anyone from self-publishing at all, because that's not what I meant. I'm mainly pointing out that a writer should experiment and know their writing better by writing more books before putting the first one out there. I sure learned a lot by doing that. More than I can even begin to explain. I wish you the best of luck if you decide to publish. I'm 100% for self-publishing. I see nothing wrong in it whatsoever. I just thin it's not something to step into lightly. That's why I laid out my careful thoughts and insights here. πŸ™‚English: Lester has an excellent point, yes, that when it's right it's right and there comes a point where you just have to move on and make a decision. Gypsy: Yes, absolutely! I love that everyone has great things to choose from these days. It's truly a blessing.

Ghenet Myrthil

This is really great advice, whether you're planning to self-publish or not. I want to try to go the traditional publishing route, and I'm working on my first book. I agree that I will benefit from writing more books before seeking publication. My plan is to try to get an agent with this book, but start writing the next one right away.

Amber Argyle, author

My advice to writers is to have three books written before you ever pursue publishing. That gives you three chances to learn the ropes, and two books ready to go if the first one sales.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Jamie: Perhaps I didn't express it properly, but I tried to make it very clear in this advice that it's my opinion only and that it certainly does not apply to all authors. We are, of course, all very different, and I've seen a lot of exceptions to what I'm saying here. However, since I've been approached by many authors asking advice about this subject, I thought it appropriate to put it up in my little space here.I have nothing against self-publishing, as I think you know, of course. I also have nothing against authors self-publishing a first and only book if they've considered all these things and still thought it was the best path for them. I just think it's wise to write at least two or three books before trying to publish traditionally or independently.Michael: I'm so excited about your publishing deal! I write slow, too, but it sounds like you have a great start on your next books, which is great! You have some good time to get them ready.Rick: See, yep, you knew exactly that this was the path you wanted to take, and you considered all options and made the best decision for you. I think you're doing beautifully! And I can't wait to read your book. My list is too long!Angie: Yeah, I think the self-publishing surge has made it a little too easy to get out there – meaning that it's too easy to overlook things and rush into it.Natalie: Yeah, me too, lol. I don't mean to imply that all first books are bad – because there are some awesome ones out there and every author is different, but it's good to consider this stuff first.Nevets: Yep, no matter what anybody does, their first book will most likely not be the culmination of their genius. It just gets better from there on out.J.L.: I think it's fine to publish short stories on your blog. It's your blog, after all, and sometimes it's great to get feedback that way. Plus, you can always alter or change them or delete them if needed. Sometimes I'll put stuff up and remove it later when I've made more revisions.Choices: Thank you for stopping by!Ghenet: That's actually a very good plan! Start writing on your next books as you're seeking representation. It can take awhile, and writing books while you're doing that is a great way to pass the time – and also a good distraction. πŸ™‚Amber: Really great advice. πŸ™‚

Michelle Davidson Argyle

**addendum – So I realized that my title is misleading because it sounds like I'm saying not to ever publish your first book. I meant not self-publish your first-ever completed novel right off the bat. Sigh. The English language.**

Great advice! S

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Thanks, Scott!

J.R. Johansson

Great post, Michelle. I think you're dead right on this one. πŸ™‚

Martin Willoughby

Excellent advice. It's also worth remembering that Terry Pratchett has his forst book published in 1971, but only gave up his day job in the mid 80s. Sometimes success takes a long time.

Andrew Leon

My first novel is good. Yes, I do say so myself, but I read a lot and have a pretty good capacity to look at things objectively. That being said, I wish I had not self-published quite so quickly. I just didn't know what I was doing, and I've been working out the bugs ever since. Jim Butcher only got his first book published, because he had three Dresden book completed already. It was only because he had three written that anyone looked at him at all.

Adam Heine

Looking back at my first novel — the one that got 0 requests and 52 rejections — I am so, so glad nobody outside of a couple beta readers has read it. It's…not good.If I had that on my backlist, I might actually consider a pen name πŸ™‚

Samantha VΓ©rant

My first novel was ridiculously bad – poorly written, poorly executed, the whole nine yards, Of course, I thought it was brilliant! Would I consider self publishing it? No way– not without a major, and I mean starting over from scratch, rewrite. I'm still hoping to go the traditional route, but I do like knowing there are other options. Great post, Michelle.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Jenn: Glad to hear it! Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚Martin: It does take a long time most of the time. I'm happy starting out small, that's for sure. Andrew: Yeah, Rhemalda Publishing has signed on my first novel I ever wrote. It's coming out next year. It has taken a long time to get it to that point. That's interesting you say that about your first book. Have you done a post about that?Adam: Hahaha, yeah, me too. My first-written novel is coming out next year and I'm sure glad it didn't get published 16 years ago. πŸ™‚Samantha: Yeah, same here. I think I've rewritten my first novel at least 3 – 4 times completely from scratch, no joke. I don't even know how many times it's been heavily revised. What a mess that book was. I'm still working on my final revisions on it before it goes to my editor.

Hope Clark

I especially think the "time is fleeting" excuse is a driving force in the self-publishing industry. They look at the 1-2 years involved with traditional and get frustrated, not realizing that the extra time is what helps make that book SO much better and takes their reputation to a higher level.Thanks – good post.C. Hope ClarkFundsforWriters.com

Ernie Laurence, Jr.

So what advice would you give the person who has a rather large number of novels, including four in a series that have gone through the grinder of self editing, workshops, peer critiques, etc. and is considering not only e-publishing (to start), but actually forming a new, small-press company? I made the decision six years ago when I decided to publish anything that I would never begin to publish a book in a series where the series was not complete to at least the alpha stage.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Hope: Oh, absolutely that's a huge factor. I get frustrated with the impatience I see going on. But, everyone has their own decisions to make, and I've certainly learned from my own decisions. Thanks for stopping by!Ernie: Hmm, advice? Well, I'd say the books at least sound like they might be ready to go if you've written that many and you're an avid writer constantly striving to get better. As far as starting a press on your own (I'm assuming a press that publishes multiple authors)- um, that's an insane amount of work and investment and not something to be taken lightly, but it's definitely doable. I couldn't really even begin to advise anything on that except to do your research. πŸ™‚

Andrew Leon

I've talked about it a bit here and there, mostly here: http://strangepegs.blogspot.com/2011/05/chapter-one.htmlI'll be talking about it again as soon as I have my stuff for my cover finished and the proof copy of the new edition ordered. At that point, I'll go into more detail about what prompted me to self-publish when I did.

Leigh K Hunt

Good grief. Excellent advice. Clean, understandable, and something that ALL newbie authors and writers should read. Not everyone is the next Stephanie Meyer, Amanda Hocking, or Matthew Reilly. Self publishing my first book would have been the biggest mistake of my writing life. Yes, great storyline, crap characters, and a whole lot of other stuff packed in between. I am so pleased that it has been stuffed in my literary drawer for a very long time. Who knows – perhaps one day I might pull it out, blow the layers of dust off it, and rewrite it. But for the moment – I am more than happy that no one has ever really read it. I have friends that self-pubbed their first, and I remember thinking back then that it just wasn't a very good idea.

Thank you for the post! I didn't realize that using Amazon for my first book, would keep it there FOREVER. What a mess that turned out to be. I did my first book 3 years ago with Lulu.com and used Amazon with it. I was considering using the 'createspace' with Amazon for the books I have now, but after reading your information I have changed my mind. I appreciate your honesty and your experience. Thanks again!

Lester D. Crawford

This topic is slow to fade because it strikes a chord with people. I find myself struggling with the message conveyed and how it fits my situation.This is my interpretation: Do not rush into self-publishing one's first book (I would say any book), because what happens is that people often fail to present their best possible work since they do not vet their writing to the extent as would be done by a traditional publisher. Publishing in a rush may result in material on the market that one later finds horribly embarrassing for its lack of quality.However, I have read opinions from several people who say to never publish one's first book. In fact, they advise writing several books, or even a double-digit number of books, spending decades of sleepless nights, and tossing each one into the garbage, before writing a serious book to submit for publication.I think why this view bothers me is that I consider my current project to be my first book. However, this is not strictly true, in a sense I have written other books. I wrote several reasonably large projects with no intention of publication because I was just having fun, and learning. Maybe this satisfies the "write a whole bunch of books and toss them before writing a real book" paradigm. I think what is at issue is that no matter how much of a natural story teller one is, the skills needed to write a good book are skills that must be learned and practiced.My current project is a work of compulsion and passion. I cannot imagine putting so much of my heart and soul into the manuscript without the goal of having it published. Nonetheless, even though I will publish the finished book one way or another, even if that means self-publishing, I am not near to that destination yet. Every draft is a rewrite as I retell the story, and I will keep retelling the story until I feel it is completely told with all of the intricate details revealed. Then I will edit and revise to polish the tale to perfection. Each draft is like writing a new book as my skills as a writer grow and become more refined. I am a perfectionist. My finished product will be as perfect as I can make it, with that perfection being the judgment of my alpha, beta, and omega readers (which is Michelle's next blog posting's topic).

Anne R. Allen

I'm late to this party, but I wanted to say how very, very important this post is. Even though you CAN publish your first novel, doesn't mean you should. In fact, for 99% of writers, just don't. You will hate it later. I can pretty much guarantee it. Plus, it's tough to sell a single title self-pubbed book. The people who are making steady income have three or four out there, minimum. Build up some inventory. Experiment with different voices and genres. Have fun being a student of writing for a while. When you're a professional, things get way harder and more tense.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Andrew: Thank you for sharing!Leigh: It's a tough decision, and I don't think that doing it will ruin a person't career or anything, but it's something to step into carefully. Sadly, I don't see the 'carefully' part happening more and more. Natalie: Glad I could be helpful! If you have any questions about Create Space or any other POD publishers, send me an email. πŸ™‚Lester: You obviously don't fall into the "rushing into publishing" category. Everyone's path is absolutely different. I also didn't mean to imply that a person's first book should be tossed. Heaven forbid, Rhemalda Publishing is publishing my first written novel next year. It sure has been through the ringer, but I'm glad it's not thrown permanently in the trash just because it's a 'first book.' πŸ™‚Anne: Is it a party over here? Hehehe. Thanks for your comment. You've hit it right on the nose here. I guess everyone has to learn by going down their own roads. I think it's mostly this huge surge in self-publishing that is making so many writers antsy.

Thank you for this post. I found it to be the yellow on a stoplight. It made me slow down, think, and make a clear decision.I'm so excited by writing and storytelling, that I just want everyone to be excited with me. However, I want to make sure I create the right kind of excitement.I find there are positives and negatives to both sides, but you are correct in saying it's important to think it through fully before jumping in. This is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.

Michelle Davidson Argyle

E: Thank you for stopping by! I'm really glad this post was helpful for you. I have nothing at all against self-publishing. I just hope everyone who decides to go that route does it for the right reasons. I wish you the best in arrive at your final decision. πŸ™‚