Getting Published–What’s Your Motive?

Still having a hard time deciding between traditional publishing and self-publishing? Why not ask yourself why you want to be published in the first place? The answer might direct you.

Note: In mentioning the following, I’m not saying that any of it is possible or that it will happen for you. This is about your dream, your reason for wanting to become published.

-Are you looking for recognition? Do you want to show those naysayers who didn’t believe in you that you were right? You are talented and can become a published author?

-Do you have a story to tell? Do you simply want to share your words with others, whether you receive recognition or not?

-Do you feel you won’t be considered a “real” author if you’re not published with a big New York publisher?

-Do you want to hit a bestseller list? Which one?

-Do you want to quit your day job and write for a living, making a decent (or huge) amount of money through your book sales?

-Do you want to be known as an author? Do you want to add this to your bio or resume?

-Do you want to see your book on a shelf in a major bookstore?

-Do you want to have book signings and tours and meet your fans?

-Do you want to have major reviewers go gaga over your books and tell the world?

-Do you want to feel as though you accomplished what you set out to do?

-Do you want to see your name on a book cover?

-Do you want to be recognized either by name or because of the photo on your books/website?

Which path can help you achieve this goal: traditional publishing, self-publishing, or hybrid (when an author publishes traditionally and independently)?

If you go one way, will you feel like you’re settling or giving up on your dream? Are you taking this route because it’s what you want or because others have told you it’s the better choice?

As I ask writers about their feelings toward traditional publishing and self-publishing, I’m finding they often have strong opinions for either side. Don’t let someone else’s opinion sway you.

There is no right or wrong answer.

Only what’s right or wrong for you. Do the research. Trust your gut. And follow your dreams.

Why do/did you want to become a published author? Are you taking or have you taken the traditional route or self-publishing? What has your experience been like so far?

Lynnette Labelle

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