I'm gonna start this post out with a confession: I'm a scaredy pants.
Confession number two: I will NEVER self-publish a novel. At least not until I've traditionally published first.
Why? Refer to confession number one.
All you self-published peeps out there, I give you major props. It takes serious guts to put your work out there all on your own.
There's so much to think about. The right cover, the right title, the right hook. Finding reviewers, finding a good editor, finding your audience. MARKETING.
Traditional publishing has a bit of comfort behind it. You find an agent - validation. You sell your book - validation. All the other little details are taken care of for you.
But here's the thing: either way, it's a risk.
Just becasue a book is traditionally published doesn't mean it's going to sell well. It might tank.
Traditionally publishing might be even riskier becasue other people are banking on you. What if you end up being a big. fat. failure?
Okay, so publishing in general is pretty scary, but I'm still more afraid of the self-publishing route. If it fails, then I'm the only person I can blame.
That proposition is frightening.
To all you self-published authors out there: I think you're awesome for being so brave. Rock on!