I've got a bit of uncertainty going again. See... I'm coming closer and closer to finishing the edits to Doorways. And... I'm starting to think I don't know what to do with it.
I mean... now is the good time to start drafting my query. But do I really still want to go the traditional route?
Yes, it would be a huge feather in my cap to have my ms accepted by one of the big 6. Or even just by an agent. But... in the current climate where traditional authors are pushed harder and harder to produce more and compete with the self-publishers, do I really want to sell my soul and contract my art in that way?
All this came about when I was speaking to my mother about how authors making a lot of money and producing best-seller after best seller... while they're actually not writing the books with their names on it.
Or people producing books to the exact same formula. Again. And again. And again.
I have to say that I don't have a lot of respect for those authors. In fact, (and I'm sorry if any of you do this), I feel that those books don't really deserve to take the space that could have gone to authors who spent hours perfecting the craft. Honing it to get to agents' and publishers' standards. Only to be told no because the quota has been filled.
But. As time has passed and I got more attuned to the comings and goings of the publishing market, I realize that a lot of this has to do with pressure. Those authors seem to be trying to produce enough books a year to stay fresh in the readers' minds. And now, they need to produce even faster to compete with self-publishers who need a lot less time to get their books published.
Where am I going to draw the line with my writing? Am I willing to publish less than my standards in order to keep a publisher happy? Do I want the added pressure that if my book does not compete, which it can't because it's at least three times as expensive as most self-published books, I'll lose the deal with the publisher?
How much of my soul am I willing to risk in order to get my stories trad-published?
How do you/did you decide your chosen publishing method?