One particular question loomed ever larger in my thoughts as I worked on my first novel, particularly as I progressed far enough to prove it was a question I would indeed need to answer. Which publishing route, traditional or self-publishing, would I pursue?
It was no easy question, at least not for me. I have wanted to be a writer since I was eleven or twelve, and I grew up picturing an eventual immersion in the traditional publishing world. I had enjoyed wonderful printed books from the prominent publishers since childhood, and the path to my dreams seemed, if not easy by any means, at least clear. After all, it was the only path at the time.
By the time I began in earnest to reserve time for writing, however, the publishing industry had undergone some changes. The e-book, that rather awkward upstart, was gaining considerable traction with consumers. With…
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