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Deciding a publishing route. What’s best for you? #indiechat

We’re talking about “the decision” tonight. What route to go? Self publishing? Small press? Go for an agent? The decision isn’t the same for everyone. There are many factors to consider.

Join us for a Twitter chat tonight at 9 p.m EST and use the hashtag #indiechat

Here are some links to get you started for #indiechat tonight.

Will self publishing hurt my chances? by Rachelle Garnder

The Business Rusch: You are not alone by Kris Rusch

Should you self publish? Ten question to ask. by Nathan Bransford

The New World of Publishing: The Death of an Indie Writer’s Career by Dean Wesley Smith

Thinking of self pubbing? Read this. by S.R. Johannes

Seven questions to ask before self publishing by Susan Kaye Quinn

Hope to chat with you tonight!

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Let’s talk: Agents as Publishers.

The purpose of these posts is not to advise writers whether to go traditional or indie. I am for writers being informed. We can’t afford to hide our heads in the publishing sands and expect to make decisions on our career.

Some facts:

  • If you keep the rights then you are self published.
  • If your agent keeps the rights then your agent is your publisher.
  • If your agent helps you self publish, do you trust him/her to always put your interests and career first?

Be informed. That’s the key.

So let’s look at what different industry professionals have to say about this. In many of these posts there are gold nuggets of info in the comments.

Mary Kole wrote about The Agent’s Role in Today’s Digital Book World at the digital book world blog.

In response, Dean Wesley Smith posted: The New World of Publishing: Agents and The Future. He expresses his concerns (and that’s putting it nicely) about Mary’s ideas.

And my response to these articles is to point you in this direction. Barry Eisler guest posted at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. He breaks down the agent as publisher issue very logically and in a nice way. No bashing.

And here’s Agent Scott Eagan with his post: I heard agents are no longer needed.

And if you’re interested here are a few other posts:

So, that’s a lot to think about. In some of the posts, I don’t care for the bashing of the system, industry professionals, and “stupid” writers, but if you look beyond the style to the content, you’ll find valid concerns.

What do you think? If you’re not sure what you think, what are your questions?

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