Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Why I Want to Trad Publish // A Collab With Ivie Brooks


I know this is yet another unusual posting day for me, and there are a few more unusual posting days to come, but don’t worry - it won’t last forever! By July I hope to be settling back into my consistent Monday schedule.


Today I am collabing with my lovely friend Ivie Brooks @ Ivie Writes to talk about the different publishing routes that we want to take! Ivie is pursuing self-publishing, so her post is all about why she’s chosen that winding road. I, on the other hand, am leaning toward traditional publishing, so my post here is all about that! And I’m excited about it, because I’ve been meaning for a while to talk a little more in-depth about why I’m not into indie publishing like so many of my blogger friends are. And don’t get me wrong - if you’re into indie publishing, I think that’s awesome! I’m cheering you on!


I’ve always wanted to trad publish, though. Always. Even after my twisted misconception that self-publishing is only for desperate, impatient writers with no respect for their craft got blown out of the water (when I started blogging, I came across other bloggers whose serious, professional pursuit of independent publishing made me realize I was wrong), it didn’t appeal to me personally. And it still doesn’t.


Traditional publishing is my dream and my plan - unless God starts guiding my heart in a new direction, of course. I would love love love to be traditionally published! And here is why:


- So much is out of my hands and in the hands of professionals who know what they’re doing. Usually. :/ Many of those seeking to self-pub probably consider this a con rather than a pro, haha. But I guess I’m one of those writers who likes the idea of a big ol’ team of experienced agents, and editors, and marketers, and etc. to back me up and guide me through some things that - if I were to self-publish - I would have to do pretty much all by myself.


Now, I’m perfectly aware that either way, being a published (or close to published) author is HARD WORK. Just because all these professionals would be working with me doesn’t mean it would be easy. It doesn’t mean it would be easier than self-publishing. That's not what I'm saying.


But still, the immense professional support appeals to me. :D




- Traditionally published books reach lots and lots of people. It probably sounds selfish, but it’s the truth. I ain’t gonna lie. This may be my biggest reason for wanting to publish traditionally.


You see, traditionally published books GET AROUND. They fall into hundreds upon hundreds - often thousands - of grabby reader hands. That’s just the way it is. Self-published authors can market their book like crazy and draw a considerably sized audience. It’s really cool when that happens. But traditionally published books… man, they really get around. To be completely honest with you, I LOVE the idea of my books ending up popular-ish. I feel like “popularity” (*winces at that annoying word*) has a different meaning for everyone, but suffice it to say that I dream about being at least a semi-popular author one day. I know my chances may be slim, but I still dream.


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In case you don’t know much about traditional publishing, or are trying to decide whether you want to go the traditional or indie route, here are some things I know/have heard about traditional publishing. (And fyi, this isn’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows.)


- Querying. I’ve learned enough about the agent-querying process to know that it’s not for the faint of heart. You need a thick skin to deal with all those rejections. Yes, feel free to cry. Feel free to headdesk about a million times. But get this… all a querying writer really needs is one “yes.” And if they keep at it, I truly believe - from the bottom of my inexperienced heart - that they will get that “yes.” Eventually.

If you don’t know what a query letter is, Google it. You will find better explanations in the search results than I could ever come up with. xD Besides, I don’t know a whole lot about querying myself, because I’m not at that stage in my writing journey yet.


- Title changes and cover design. It surprised me when I first learned that publishers will often change book titles and there’s essentially nothing the author can do about it. You see, publishing companies buy the rights to the manuscript. They will HAVE the rights to your precious story. Which may sound scary, but that’s just how it is. And the same for cover design. Authors may have a tiny little say, but so much is out of their hands.

A lot of times, though, those title changes are for the better. After all, the publisher wouldn't change it unless they thought it would be a better title, in some way. And have you seen the gorgeous covers gracing most traditionally published novels?? Especially YA?? SO BEAUTIFUL, I CAN'T. <333


- Rights to the manuscript. I’ve heard that if the editor proposes changes the author doesn’t like, that doesn’t necessarily mean those changes won’t happen. The author may not ultimately have a big enough say in the matter. I've also heard that contracts, in the worst of circumstances, can feel like prison chains.

As aforementioned, conflict can arise between editor and author, or agent and author. The publisher may make decisions that the author doesn’t agree with. Working with these people as a team is usually very rewarding (we see the evidence of this everywhere), but if the team is not all on the same page, problems can spring up. And the author isn't the boss.


In summary, it isn't smooth sailing. I do feel, however, that the less favorable circumstances I’ve listed above aren't very likely?? I don’t know all the ups and downs, but there are ways to be careful about it. There are ways to find a good agent who shares your vision for your stories. There are WAYS. Lol.


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As you can see, there are twists and turns to this whole thing, and I myself still have lots to learn. As scary and uncertain as it is, though, I believe it's worth it. I believe that traditional publishing is worth the blood, sweat, and tears. To hold ARC's, then final copies, in my hands. To receive fan art and fan emails. To see my stories sent out into the world, to see them fruitful... oh, how rewarding that must be! Book merch, hype for new books on the way, movie franchises, etc., etc., etc. The list of delicious possibilities goes on.



All right, it's now time for you to go read Ivie’s part of the collab HERE. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited to read about her publishing journey and the information she has to offer about the independent publishing route! A big thank you to her for coming up with the epic idea to collab on this topic! <3 <3


What are your thoughts on traditional publishing?
Which route are you taking, or planning to take?
Let's chat in the comments!

The Lord's Truly,

25 comments:

  1. I 100% agree with you. See, I’m one of those crazy people who wants to go with hybrid publishing and let my platforms build off of one another :P I would really, really like to trad-pub, and to do that for most of my works. However, there are some things I write that I feel will probably simply be too niche-market-y for the traditional market to ever even consider (one of the reasons indie appeals to me is that you can literally publish whatever you want and genres and trends don’t apply.) for example, I’m seeking to write a YA alternate history about what the world would be like if the Nazis won World War II, featuring very strong Christian representation and a few other things that would make that simply unpalatable to the traditional market. I doubt Christian markets would be interested in buying such a book, and the secular market wouldn’t take something so clearly Christian. So. This is why I’m going with hybrid. XD

    Querying is going to be terrifying...but who knows, maybe we’ll start around the same time and we can do it together. XD

    Sorry for this monster comment...amazing post, Lila. Bravo. *applauds*

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    1. Aaah, yes, I considered mentioning the hybrid route, but my post was long enough, so I was like whatever. xD And DUDE, your WWII YA sounds sooooo different and cool. I don't think I could ever write that... O_O I totally get you - that is a very different kind of book. Very niche-y. :)

      I KNOW, RIGHT?? And yes, we could totally lean on each other! Fellow writer support is so wonderful and almost necessary. <3

      Oh, I love monster comments! Thank you so much, Faith! :D

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  2. Haha, it's funny how we pretty much formatted our posts the same even though we didn't see each others. XD

    Love the points you made and I agree, Traditionally published books often get out there more, especially when self-published authors don't do their marketing. TBH, I kind of look forward to all the marketing in my future. (I'm an entrepruner at heart, honestly.)

    Anyway, love this, you made some excellent points and I pray you reach all your writing goals. Whether you trad publish or indie publish, I will always be a loyal fan. <3

    ~Ivie

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    1. Ooooh, yes, that is cool. XD

      Haha, well, best of luck with marketing! I'm one of those who quakes at the thought of marketing. Even though traditionally published authors still have to do a bunch of it. :D

      Thank you!!! That means soooooo much to me!! <3 <3 Likewise, girl. <3

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  3. Yes yes yes! Traditional Publishing all the way! There are some things I don't like about the trad market, but most of I love. All the support from agents and authors and people in general. I can't wait! <3
    Querying. I'll take that headdesk now. Nothing is easy, but so worth it. Thanks for this post, friend!

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    1. TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING FTW. Honestly same! The support is so appealing. xD

      Querying... *dies a little inside*

      You're so welcome!! <3

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  4. I want to traditionally publish too. I've self published a book, and I really regret it. I want a team and having people who know what they're doing sounds amazing.

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    1. It's cool that you've learned you're not really into traditional publishing! Me too - I like the sound of all that support.

      I'm sure you get a wonderfully delicious taste of what it's like with Five Poisoned Apples! ;D

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    2. (*cough* Sorry, in that first sentence I meant "indie" publishing.)

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  5. I use to really want to traditional publish, and while I still do, indie publishing suddenly seems more for me. It's strange, but I don't think I can deal with the stress of Traditional publishing anytime soon, so Indie has a higher appeal. ^_^

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    1. That's really cool, Gray! In a way, indie publishing is a lot less stressful. :)))

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  6. You literally just spelled out my thoughts exactly! As a business minded person, traditional publishing both appeals and makes sense to me (not saying that indie-published authors aren't business minded, because they totally are and have to be for their path to work. Just for how my mind works, it makes sense). I love the idea of a team working together to get a book published.

    I loved reading the posts for this collab! Very well written and filled with excellent points!

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    1. Haha! *high-five* SAAAAAAME. Our thoughts mirror each other's! :D

      I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thank you so much, Sarah!

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  7. not smooth sailing, but I totally agree.

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    1. Yeah, definitely not smooth sailing... :D

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  8. I liked hearing your point of view on things! I hope you have a wonderful journey with publishing your books!
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Thank you so much, Brooklyne! I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  9. Scary, scary... I'm one of those DON'T TOUCH MY BABY book people unless I have given expressed permission. I hate the thought of losing my control and right to it unless I know it will go the way I want... Although I do agree that I am more concerned about having a wider read than getting a lot of money.
    astoryspinner.blogpsot.com

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    1. A little part of me feels the same way. I too abhor the thought of something happening to my book that I don't agree with... But I'm confident that God has my back. *nods*

      Yessss, the wider reach of my books with trad publishing appeals to me sooo much. xD

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  10. I agree with you on many points, Lila! I mean at the moment I'm an Indie published author, but I'm working on becoming a hybrid. I'm hoping that League of Thieves, my Sci-Fi WIP and my Top Secret Project will all be Traditionally published someday as well as a myriad of other story ideas.

    And yes, I'm not even gonna lie. Those gorgeous covers that are being put on YA books these days... *heart eyes just thinking about it* yup, major deciding factor.

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    1. Hybrid! *high-five* Hybrid is very cool. :D

      I KNOW, RIGHT??? SUCH GORGEOUSNESS!!! It's a major deciding factor for me too, lol! XD

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  11. I would love to get traditionally published, however, having an office manager job and growing up with a electronics repair company, I like to think I have the skills needed to get something published on my own.

    For the moment, though, I'm hoping to go for traditional, at least for my trilogy. Let the experts handle a bunch of it, y'know?

    However, I have a stand-alone novel that I'm contemplating cleaning up for self-pub, just to give that route a try. :)

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    1. *nods* I can see that.

      THAT WOULD BE SO COOL. Yay for trad publishing! And to experts handling things... ;)

      That would be cool too!

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  12. Wow, such a great post, Lila! I'm still on the fence about how I want to publish. The team factor is really appealing as well as the design team and marketing... but I definitely am a Don't Touch My Baby person...

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Catherine! Ooooh, well, I hope you figure out which one is right for you. <3 Both have their ups and downs, for sure... :)))

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