Publishing Your Novel - Hiring an Agent Vs Self-Publishing

Publishing Your Novel - Hiring an Agent Vs Self-Publishing
By K. Paul Mallasch

So, you're thinking about finally publishing your novel, eh? Great! One of the big questions going through your mind is whether you should hire someone to go the traditional route or look into self-publishing. In this article, I'm going to break it down so you can easily make an informed decision about what's best for you.

Hiring an Agent Vs Self-Publishing in 2015

I could write an entire book (or three) on this subject, but I know your time is valuable, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet for you.

When to Hire a Professional Agent

First, here is a list of when to hire a professional agent to help with your novel.

  • You Just Love Writing - If the idea of websites, social media, marketing, and other tasks frighten or bore you, take a serious look at hiring an agent to find a publisher for your novel.
  • You Are Brand New - A good editor is worth many times their weight in gold. While you can hire one on your own, an agent will be able to direct you to someone in your genre who is in your price range.

When to Self-Publish Your Novel

Next, here is a list of when you should consider self-publishing.

  • Beautiful Covers Make You Happy - If the cover design is not your thing, but you still strive for the best design to increase the chances of your novel selling, self-publishing is right for you.
  • You Are Ready to Work Hard - If you read about self-publishing success stories online, the one thing the superstars have in common is that they work hard to provide quality content consistently.
  • You Understand Social Media - When it comes to self-publishing success, you need to understand how social media works and leverage it to your advantage. An old school book agent may not be able to help you with this even if you get signed with a major publisher.

A New Golden Age for Writers

If you haven't noticed yet, the beginning of the 21st century is shaping up to be another Golden Age for writers. Unlike the days of pulp fiction dime novels and magazines, writers today have the ability to take control of their own publishing destiny. That is powerful any way you look at it.

With great power comes even greater responsibility. Heavy is the head that wears the self-publishing crown! In all seriousness, the self-publishing road is tough and fraught with dangers, but if you love writing, reading, and can learn to market your books, becoming a self-published author makes sense.

K. Paul Mallasch is very interested in eBook discoverability and helping authors with eBook marketing. Kindle Direct Publishing from Amazon has enabled him to become a full-time writer, which is a wonderful thing. He is well versed in what it takes to succeed at self-publishing in the 21st century.

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