Your answer will depend on where you are in your publishing career.
Many times, travellers on one route are looking down at the other, but there’s no reason for this. We’re all in this together, and one path is right for some while the other trail is right for others.
Unfortunately, mud-slinging has become a popular sport these days between publishers (large and independent) and between authors (both traditionally published and self-published).
What publishers and authors need to know is that readers don’t give a heck about publishing companies; most readers can’t tell you the name of the company which published their favourite books let alone which one published the last book they read. Readers care only that the story is good…that’s it…bottom line.
The argument of which type of publishing company produces better work—independent or traditional—is meaningless to readers…and readers are the most important piece in this puzzle.
Earlier this week, I read a post by Dean Wesley Smith which put a few things into perspective. For years, he was traditionally published but for the past few, he’s been self-publishing hand-over-fist and having a blast doing it.
You can read how Dean compares the two publishing worlds here: The Secret Myth of Traditional Publishing.
Do you remember the publishing company of your favourite books? How about the book you’re reading now (no peeking)?
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Dancing in the Shine is available as a free-read until August 30, 2012: The short story can be found at Smashwords.
Released: June 14, 2012
Joan’s boyfriend Frank wants them to conceive a beautiful daughter he can cherish, and Joan is terrified. Will she use the information discovered at the public archives to escape a life of torture and pain? Or will she continue to be a pawn in Frank and his sister’s twisted world?