Self-publishing, redux

I’ve been following the ongoing discussion of self-publishing over the past few weeks at Frankie’s Soapbox, and had been making notes toward a longer post on the subject for a while now. (There are many things I’ve been meaning to post about for a while now. Am hoping to catch up on some of them, now that the book is done.)

But then I read Friday’s post, about ways in which different writers might measure success, and realized none of the ways in which I measure writing success–or rather, none of the reasons I write–were on the list. Years ago, sometime during the long dry spell that was the ten years between publishing the Phantom Rider books and Secret of the Three Treasures, I sat down and wrote a business plan for my writing. And as part of that plan, I first thought long and hard about just what I wanted out that writing. In the years since I came up with this plan, that really hasn’t changed.

– I want to write the stories I most want to tell
– And I want those stories to be read

For me, everything else I do is ultimately in the service of those two things.

And every time I look at the business details of various publishing models, it seems clear to me that for all its flaws, traditional publishing has–by orders of magnitude, based on any numbers I’ve seen and any thought experiments I’ve done–by far the best chance of achieving these two things, especially if one is writing fiction for a non-niche audience.

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