Originally I was planning to self publish my upcoming success book for gen-z, If I Were Your Daughter. Because it was such a small project, I honestly thought that was the only way to get it out there. It just made more sense.
Now that I've been working on it for two years, it has grown into something of real value. I think now it's something publishers would actually take on. This sounded awesome, and for the past few months I have been flirting with the idea of going the traditional publishing route.
That option just seems more official and more successful, right? Maybe not. I met with someone who works for an independent publishing company that publishes books as well as helps authors self publish. She was so helpful, I'm really grateful one of my friends connected us.
She gave me a lot of information about what it's like to self publish vs traditional publish. After hearing how much creative license publishing companies have after they literally buy your manuscript, I was turned off by the idea. That doesn't sound like something I want to do.
I'm sure publishers are helpful in a lot of ways, but I think with where I'm at and where I want to go, self publishing will suit me just fine. I should probably open up a separate savings account to start pooling money for editors and layout design.
If you know anyone who has self published their own book or who is involved in the industry, please reach out! I'm trying to learn as much as I can from people who have gone through this process before. Any insight is much appreciated. :)