A blogging-friend emailed me today to say she has finished her novel (pause here to CHEER for her!) and she wondered what I thought about self-publishing versus finding an agent and traditional publisher. I have no authority or experience on this question, having neither written nor published a book–though husband and two sons are pretty persistently pushing me toward devoting some time to tackling the first… (Christian, however, with the caveat that I “can’t get too famous” because–what more natural reason?–“You’re my MOM!”)
It seems that self-publishing has lost a great deal of its stigma in recent years, and the advent of both e-Books and the ability to publicize with the internet have opened up opportunities for authors who don’t get a “nibble” from a publishing house. But I’m also pretty sure there are folks who swear by the traditional route, and have solid reasons for doing so.
I know that we have a wealth of resources here in our blogging-community, so (for both my friend and for myself)… What are YOUR thoughts? Experience? Tips?