We all know how long it takes to write a book. We also know how long it takes to publish one. Here are my pros and cons on the time involved in both traditional and indie publishing.
- It may take a while, but you know they're doing it "right".
- If it's delayed even longer, it's possibly because your book will do better if released at another time.
- It typically takes a MINIMUM of a 1 1/2 years from deal to publication.
- Many times the list gets shuffled and your release is delayed. Sometimes it's better for the house and not your specific book.
- You control the timeline. If you decide to put all your effort and time in, it's not like you're splitting that between dozens of other books and submissions, so you can push it through faster. *note this will also appear as a potential con below.
- You can put out secondary novels/sequels faster than a traditional publisher would, potentially reaching more readers/fans faster.
- You control the timeline. Yup. You might be so excited or so sure your book is perfect that you don't invest the time necessary to do it "right" as sited above. That's up to you as a professional and a true writer.
- You can become so overwhelmed with trying to act like the publisher that you forget to spend time writing and revising and subsequent books can suffer.
So there you have it. My second edition. What can you add? Next week is something I touched on today: Round 3. Quality