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

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There is plenty of information available on both traditional and self-publishing.

But how do you decide 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 on
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Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by RL Gardner Publishing (first published January 2013)
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Becky Doughty
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been a follower on the blog of literary agent, Rachelle Gardner, for several years now, and I'm thrilled that she's putting together this Field Guide series for Authors, compiling the information categorically in each guide! Her blog is so full of information that I can get lost looking for the one thing I need, as I weed through the plethora of great information over there, often wandering off on bunny trails for hours on end. Which is a big problem when I should be writing, instead of sur ...more
Melinda
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 genr ...more
Leah Good
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014, writing
Ever since I started writing seriously, I've worked towards the goal of polishing my craft to make it worthy of publication by a traditional press. I felt I had to go traditional to be a "real" author. But an entrepreneurial spirit like mine is bound to feel the lure of self-publishing. When my family members encouraged me to explore self-publishing as a viable channel to use both my writing and business skills, I knew which book to read. As a follower of Rachelle's blog for several years, I kne ...more
Peter DeHaan
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In How Do I Decide? Rachelle Gardner gives a fair and balance explanation of the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Having followed this discussion for several years, this concise book is the best resource I’ve seen.
Robyn
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
It has been interesting to watch the rise of self-publishing, especially over the last couple years.

I remember reading post after post about how self-publishing was going to destroy the book industry…and I bought into it.

But it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid self-publishing. It’s becoming mainstream, profitable, and even—dare I say—socially acceptable.

This abrupt switch has me curious, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to review Rachelle
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Kerry Ann Morgan
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rachelle Gardner draws on her years of experience as a literary agent to walk us through the various steps in both publishing processes. She concisely explains the advantages and disadvantages of each method, laying out the financial differences, writer responsibilities, and complications an author can expect. She stress that no matter which method you choose, content is still king: you cannot succeed without a well-crafted book.

As a writer gearing up to enter the publishing arena, I
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P.C. Zick
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Ms. Gardner's blog for a few months. Even though she's an agent working with traditional publishers, her blog is full of wise advice no matter which route an author chooses. When I learned she'd self-published this eBook, I purchased it right away. It's short, but worth the price. I'd already made the decision to self-publish two novels, but I'd also gone the traditional route with three previous books. Her comparisons and checklists are extremely beneficial. The checklists a ...more
Jessica
Jun 05, 2014 added it
Shelves: writing
Gardner gives a great overview of both traditional publishing and self-publishing, as well as the pros and cons of each. What I found most helpful about this short guide were the checklist and a table that Gardner included.

The table appears earlier in the guide, under a section titled "Your Choices at a Glance." The table included several different categories, such as motivation, audience, time, etc. and gave a short statement under both traditional and self-publishing explaining why
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Elizabeth Seckman
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you want to write a book, or have written a book and don't know where to go with it, this is the book to start with. I am a fan of Ms. Gardner. I love her honesty and her non-snarky approach to all avenues of publishing. This book takes a look at the good and bad of traditional and self-pubbed choice. Another HUGE bonus in this book is the list of resources in the back of the book for writers who choose to be entrepreneurs.

I also love that this book is easy to read and void of insider jargo
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Lisa
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rachelle offers clear, concise directions to deciding between self-publishing and traditional publishing. Rachelle is a faithful blogger and literary agent, her work is the among the best in my opinion. I loved knowing the honest pros and cons to each option. She also included great resources and a personalized questionnaire to between discern which option would work best for you personally. Testimony from writers who have choose both options are also included.

This is a must-read for anyone hop
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Karen Hayes-Mitchell
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Writer
Shelves: writing-books, e-book
I just finished reading this book. If you are like me and just finished writing your first novel and have bounced between the idea of traditional verses self publishing, or even if you are already published, you need to check out this book. It is the most unbiased comparison between the two types of publishing I have found.
Jackie
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I read How Do I Decide. I learned so much about the publishing industry from this book.

This was a great guide and helped me make my mind up which way to go.

Rachelle is an agent who presents the options in a clear and concise manner. If you're trying to decide, I think you should read this book.

Carol McClain
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Popular literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner, knows the publishing industry. In this book, she clearly delineates two publishing paths. With clear pros and cons, Gardner lays out guides that helps each author decide his or her path to publishing.

If you're on the cusp, this book is ideal. I loved it, and it confirmed the path I need to take.
Jeremy
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very helpful tool in determining which publishing path to choose. See here for a more detailed review: http://themundanemuse.blogspot.com/20...
Varina Denman
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very thorough and informative. A quick read that told me what I needed to know.
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