Self Publishing vs. Legacy Publishing

As this blog was originally conceived as a place to post my thoughts on publishing as I embarked on self publishing (or indie publishing as some who do it like to call it) my novel, The Emperor of Glitter Gulch, I thought I’d actually, you know, post some thoughts on publishing.

So far, over a month into self publishing The Emperor, I’ve got to admit that I’ve been disappointed by the process.  I’ve managed to sell very few copies of the book, while at the same time the few people who have read it (both those I know and those I don’t) seemed to have overwhelmingly enjoyed the book and the writing.  In a way this makes the shitty sales worse.  If everyone who read the book said that it was a piece of shit, then I could say, “Of course it isn’t selling well, it’s a piece of shit.”  Instead, I’m left feeling like I’ve got a good book, with no way to get it into the hands of readers.  I gave away quite a few copies to try to get some more reviews on Amazon, but so far none of the people who got copies of the book have posted reviews on Amazon, good or bad.  Which again keeps the book hidden away from view.

So, I’m seriously considering pulling The Emperor off of Amazon and sending it to agents to see if I can get a traditional publishing deal (or legacy publishing deal as Joe Konrath, who is a key figure of the self publishing movement has coined it  When I first put The Emperor up on Amazon, I had hoped that I could sell a decent amount of copies and if I got really lucky it would catch on and I would sell a ton of copies.  Neither of those possibilities seem to be in the cards and I am left with the reality that I might be better off going the traditional route where I will sign one of the Draconian contracts the publishers insist upon (and most probably make very little from the book), but at least my book will get into the hands of some readers.

We shall see.

At least the Miami Heat didn’t win the NBA Finals.  ALthough my joy was tempered by Mark Cuban not telling David Stern to orally pleasure him during the trophy presentation.  They must have finally perfected his lithium regiment.


About therealroyfinch

I am a reformed lawyer who lives in Vancouver. My first novel The Emperor of Glitter Gulch is now available as an ebook on Amazon and most other major retailers. I am not so hard at work on my second novel Low Hanging Fruit.
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