DOES REJECTION INDICATE THAT THE BOOK IS NOT WORTHY?
Publishing is a subjective business and what seems to fit in one house may not be appropriate for the other. So not always a rejection might mean that the book is not good. The Publishing house may have enough books for the year or may be they are not too excited about the genre you are writing for. So you may keep trying your luck at other traditional publishing houses and someone may even buy the idea. But for books coming out in new or uncut genres traditional publishing might go for a bumpy ride as agents and editors might be used to take up time tested formulae. So that’s when Self Publishing breaks in.
WHAT IS SELF PUBLISHING?
Self Publishing is an easy option for unsolicited writers with attractive packages offered by publishing houses in exchange for a charged fee from the author. Many Self Publishing houses offer Editorial services, proofreading, cover design, free books and a good royalty percentage. All you have to do is to pay the fee charged as per the package that suits you and wait for your book to get published. What more, you can also receive an ISBN number for your book.
It is an easy breakthrough for writers struggling hard to get their books on the shelves. Vanity Press and Print on Demand are types of Self publishing where the author bears the risk for publishing and the writer’s manuscript is not judged by the publishers, at all.
IT IS EASY, SO IT’S GOOD, RIGHT?
Of course it is easy unless you don’t have the money you need to invest into it. In case of traditional publishing, you have to make the editor or your agent believe that your project is worth taking the risk. But in case of self publishing, the only person you have to have confidence in you is you yourself. And that is not difficult, by any means. But what one can be ignoring is that since the writer is the risk taker some aspect might have been left untouched. An experienced agent or editor has a pretty good idea about writing styles, reader’s choice and more importantly what is truly a selling material.
SO IS SELF PUBLISHING A NO-NO?
Well, good or bad is not for one to decide. Point of view changes from person to person. While someone may try hard to woo the editor or agent for representing their book, someone might just go in easy with Vanity Publishing. And if you really believe in your book, and you find it impossible to make someone have in faith in your, you might feel happy to invest some of your money and get that book on the shelves right away.
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