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How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing (A Field Guide for Authors) [Kindle Edition]

Rachelle Gardner
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Book Description

There is plenty of information available on both traditional and self-publishing. But how do you choose between the two? 

How Do I Decide? is a concise, definitive resource that will guide you through the decision, allowing you to ignore the noise and hype and focus on the right path for YOU. This is a fair and balanced approach that avoids favoring one choice over the other--and instead shows you how to determine which best fits your own situation.

Jammed full of insider information, How Do I Decide? gives you the facts you need to make an informed choice. It walks you through the various steps of the publishing process so you can determine which road best suits your personal goals, temperament, and level of previous publishing experience.

How Do I Decide? includes perspectives from successful authors James Scott Bell, Addison Moore, Jennie Nash, and Scott Appleton

"I get asked several times a week, 'How do I decide between self-publishing and traditional publishing?' Now I have a well-written, thoughtful resource to recommend - and it's from one of the most respected voices in the publishing industry. If you are struggling with this question, Rachelle will help you discover the answer!"
--Michael Hyatt, Former Chairman and CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers.  Author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

"A no-nonsense look at the publishing options available to writers today, with a complete set of tools for self-evaluation and decision making. Any writer confused about which way to go should start here."
--James Scott Bell, author of Self-Publishing Attack.

"Whenever a writer asks me for publishing advice the first
name that comes to my mind is Rachelle Gardner. If you're trying to decide
between traditional and self-publishing, this book is a must buy."
--James L. Rubart,
bestselling author of Rooms


Brief yet comprehensive, the book also includes:

* an overview of the current publishing landscape
* an outline of the path to publishing
* a user-friendly checklist to help you figure out your path
* pros and cons of traditional publishing
* pros and cons of self-publishing

SPECIAL FEATURES:

* An eye-opening infographic that'll help you decide
* A "quiz" to streamline your decision-making process
* Additional resources with links to further information

The author is Rachelle Gardner, a literary agent with Books & Such Literary, who works with authors in both traditional and self-publishing. In the publishing industry since 1995, Rachelle's blog (rachellegardner.com/) has been a popular online destination for writers since 2007 with over a million pageviews annually. It has been included in the Writer's Digest 100 Best Blogs for Writers five years in a row.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and nonfiction. In the publishing business since 1995, Rachelle previously worked for two publishing houses in positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. She has also edited over 150 books. As an agent, she loves helping authors strategize and build their careers, and takes great joy in sharing the important milestones in a writer's journey.
 
Rachelle loves sharing information and ideas with writers, both at conferences and through her popular blog (rachellegardner.com/) that averages more than 80,000 monthly pageviews and has won multiple awards.
 
You can connect with her on Twitter (@RachelleGardner) or on Facebook (facebook.com/agent.rachelle).

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RL Gardner Publishing (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4JRNN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bias leaks through January 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let's start with my bias - I'm a successful self-published author and I make a good living selling my books.

I'll be honest - I walked into this book skeptical that a literary agent could present an objective walk through the two worlds of publishing.

Some things impressed me. Rachelle encourages everyone to write a good, polished book, and she correctly says that self-publishing will work better for authors with a more entrepreneurial mindset, and that authors in both worlds will need to put efforts into marketing. Points for all of that.

But the language loses its objectivity pretty fast. "Control freaks" are better suited to self-publishing, people who "work well on teams and value the input of others" are better suited to traditional publishing. As an indie author, I have a wonderful team, and I enormously value their input. I doubt many books on either side of the fence are successful if their authors can't hear and utilize feedback. Another example... if you are "extremely anxious and impatient", then you are better suited for self publishing. Hmm. I prefer to think of it as very responsive to my readers :).

I think this book repeats a lot of mythology around the choice of how to publish. To Rachelle's credit, I think she's kicked a lot of the worst of the garbage to the curb, but in the end, this book still supports the idea that people who want to primarily be writers should go the traditional route. Yes, I spend part of my day organizing editing and covers. I spend most of my day writing, answering reader email, and goofing off online - all core activities of people who are "primarily writers". The best marketing for any author is writing the next book. Look at most successful indie authors - most of them are busy writing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Presented by one of the top literary agents in the country, this short e-book contains the expertise of the insider. Rachelle Gardner does an exceptional job delivering a balanced presentation of the pros and cons of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. Help is given for sorting out your personal preferences, strengths, expectations, lifelong dreams, and personality quirks, explaining how all of these particulars play into your decision. Rachelle also sifts through the different genres of writing and publishing scenarios that may suit more particularly to one type of publishing choice over another. Marketing, publicity, timing, design issues, and other work that is not related to the act of writing itself are considered and given an honest evaluation. The fact is, every author, no matter how they publish, has to market their work. Short articles are included by well-known authors who have published in both formats, offering even more insider insight. As an author of many varied kinds of writing, I found this short, easy-to-read guide very useful for evaluating how to proceed with publication of each of my current writing projects. I may be straddling both worlds! Well done! This guide is definitely worth the purchase!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help to Find Your Way January 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A great resource for anyone who says, "I want to write a book." Experienced literary agent, Rachelle Gardner, has given us a clear assessment of the pros and cons of both traditional and indie publishing. She outlines the steps for each, and evaluates which route to take in light of the reader's preferences and personality. Simple to use, readable, well written, and sympathetic to both options. As an author who has succeeded in both realms, I find Rachelle's insights to be clarifying and motivational. Any would-be author who follows the simple steps outlined in this book will have a clear vision of what's next on the journey to publication. Charts and questionnaires add to the book's effectiveness. Highly recommended for aspiring authors. [Note: I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review.]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been waiting for this!! January 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First, I must be honest...I am a fan of Ms. Gardner. I have been following her blog for years and I rely on her for honest, intelligent, non-snarky advice. She doesn't send off that, "If you don't have a big 6 contract, you are just cluttering up the bookshelf" vibe at all. On her blog and in this book, she takes a close look at the real issues behind which path a writer should follow. I think it's a fair thing to consider, "what's your personality like?" in deciding whether to go the traditional or self-pubbed route. This book is a comprehensive look at what can be expected on each route.
Now that I have read this guide...I know...I am a traditional kind of gal. I don't have the brass to go it alone. I need someone to walk along the trail with me, so to speak.

But, were I to go it alone,the resources at the back of the book are priceless. Trusted places to go for editing, cover design...things the brave of heart, self-publishing entrepreneurs will need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding resource for professionals! January 23, 2013
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This book is a must read for busy professionals who are considering writing a book. Rachelle's candor, expertise, and clear language helped me finally understand my publishing options. I feel empowered.

Rachelle's passion for writing is also inspiring. Reading this guide only furthered my desire to start my project. She is a natural coach and I felt like she was sitting on my side of the table, helping me make the best decision.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars so easy to follow
It had a very organized comparison between Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing, so easy to follow. I had already decided to go with 'self,' but it confirmed my decision
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative, authoratative and clearly explained. A good decision making...
This book is a very factual down-to earth book on an important decision that every writer has to make. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Irene Cuffe.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Resource Out There on This Topic
I've spent hours researching this topic, and this little book is by far the most concise, easy-to-follow resource I've found. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars How Do I Decide ---the Wisdom of Rachelle Gardner
Great information for a swirling, daily-changing industry! I also had the honor of hearing firsthand Ms. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Weatherhead
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Help-
This book provides the pros and cons of traditional publishing and independent publishing. Very helpful, clear and unbiased. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda Maran
4.0 out of 5 stars Good comparison
Although the publishing industry is rapidly changing, this is a good book to help an author decide which way to go. It's clear, understandable and well organized.
Published 13 months ago by Anita Burns
3.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for Getting Started
This book is a quick read and nice, digestible overview (with great additional resources!) for anyone sitting on a manuscript or book idea (especially fiction) and wondering where... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dana Sitar (Author, A Writer's Bucket List)
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide for deciding on publishing options
I appreciated this thorough list of pros and cons for deciding on traditional and self-publishing options. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathleen Pooler
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary of the options for your choice
Author Rachelle Gardner knows her subject and does a good job of laying out the arguments and providing the information for you to decide whether or not to self-publish. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hemlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and comprehensive
This is a perfect read as you ponder your options. Her ethos is obvious. I'm glad I read it .
Published 23 months ago by Pamela Todoroff
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More About the Author

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and nonfiction. In the publishing business since 1995, Rachelle previously worked for two publishing houses in positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. She has also edited over 150 books. As an agent, she loves helping authors strategize and build their careers, and takes great joy in sharing the important milestones in a writer's journey.

Rachelle loves sharing information and ideas with writers, both at conferences and through her popular blog (http://www.rachellegardner.com/) that averages more than 80,000 monthly pageviews and has won multiple awards.

You can connect with her on Twitter (@RachelleGardner) or on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/agent.rachelle).


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