Introduction of the Final Draft Series [Final Draft Part 0]
Founder, Steam Powered Dreams
Authorpreneur, Editor, and Publisher
You have your manuscript in your hands, ready to go. You’ve gone through the self-edits, beta readers, developmental and/or copyedits, and now you’re ready to shop your masterpiece around, but what path is right for you? Should you seek an agent and try the traditional route or get it out there right now by self-publishing?
The good news is you have the choice. We are the first generation of writers who can choose not to seek a traditional publisher, and that alone gives you the power to make the most out of your book .
The choice to go indie or get an agent is a personal one, and it really is different for every book. There are many traditional authors who have recently found self-publishing is a great way to get short stories, novellas, or even some novels out there to their audience much quicker than traditional. And there are just as many indie authors who have decided to submit their books traditionally.
This series of posts is all about just that, the choices you have to make between being traditionally published and self published.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be covering the following topics.
Part 1: Should You Seek a Traditional Publisher?
In this article, Marie takes a look at the differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing and which might be the right choice for you. She covers topics such as how hard it is to be traditionally published, the costs associated with self-publishing, what type of marketing you can expect, and the amount of work you’ll need to invest in order to get the most out of either path.
Part 2: Let’s Talk About Different Types Of Publishers
We have all heard of traditional publishers and self publishers, but what is a hybrid publisher? How about a vanity publisher? In this article by Andy, he takes a look at the different types of publishers and why you might seek out one over another.
Part 3: What Is A Literary Agent And What Do They Do?
What is a literary agent and why should you even consider having one? The truth is there are some publishers out there that won’t even glance in your direction unless you have one, but there are many others who prefer to work directly with the author (like Steam Powered Dreams!). In this article, Andy explains what agents do and why you might consider it. He also provides some valuable resources to read over, if you choose to pursue one.
Part 4: Common Publishing Pitfalls
Did you know that there are more companies out there who will try to take advantage of a writer than those who are looking out for their best interest? I’m not talking about those who are more worried about their bottom line than yours, but ones who actively seek out uninformed people to try and scam them! In this article, Andy goes over some of the biggest pitfalls you might run into during the publishing process.
Part 5: Should You Pay For Publishing?
I hear it all the time, “Publishing your book should not cost a dime”, but is that true? This may be the first generation we have a choice on how we publish, but it’s also a generation full of uncertainty within the industry. At one time it was common for a publisher to take care of everything, but today it’s not the case. This is why I decided to share my experience and knowledge on what you can expect to shell the cash out for and what you should never have to pay for.
I hope this information will be of help to you, both as a writer and as a business person, since that’s truly what we are.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or hit that contact button above!
Coming Soon: You may have guessed it, but our next series is First Draft, where we’ll talk about the planning and writing process. This will complete our Draft series and then we’ll start looking at some amazing tools and services for writers!