I’ve been thinking a lot about self-publishing lately. Dahlia Adler recently wrote a great blog post about different publishing paths, and how to choose yours. Hugh Howey wrote an article for Salon explaining why authors should choose to self-publish. On his blog, Chuck Wendig responded by asserting that both traditional publishing and self-publishing are viable options. Mike Stackpole, one of my favorite writers in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, is a great proponent of digital self-publishing. Thanks to Twitter, I’m also aware of a lot more people choosing the self-publishing path, and two of my Star Wars friends (Bryan Young and Janine Spendlove) are self-published authors. Even the Sword and Laser podcast is getting in on the action, with a short story anthology coming soon.
Despite all the great information out there on the web, I’m still torn on how I want to get my writing out into the world. I still have a few months until my latest WIP is ready to pitch, however I choose to do so. But in the meantime, I can’t stop thinking about what I want to do. I’ve queried one novel, and got valuable experience doing so. I’m currently pitching short stories to various publications. In this way, I’m looking for validation (not to mention a lot of much-needed help and guidance) from “the gatekeepers.” Part of me really wants to get an agent and sell a book to a traditional publisher. I keep thinking to myself, “You already have a full-time job. Do you really want another?”