Self Publish or Publishing Company?

For a while, I’ve been trying to figure out what direction I wanted to go. I’ve wanted to be a writer for some time and I’ve published a few books, 2 novels and a poetry book. But I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go the traditional route of finding an agent and publisher or just stay with self publishing. It’s a decision every writer needs to make for themselves.

If your not a big star, and are now starting to right you are faced with several issues. Once I’ve finished my work what do I do? Do I try to find an agent and publisher or do I self publish. Well, agents and publishers are great to have but I couldn’t seem to get over what that means.  I didn’t want to sign my story over to anyone who could then change a pivotal point. I didn’t want the cost of editors, agents and publishing the book coming out of my small percentage. What’s the point of paying you if I have to market the book by myself? What’s the point of you taking more then half of the profit and then I still have to buy loads and loads of my book? What’s the point of you keeping most of the profit if I have to pay for anything. Not all may be that way, but I have yet to hear of anything different. 

So, since I have to market myself, I don’t need to pay you. If I have to sell my own book to get copies moved, why pay you. I’ve got to pay editors and agents and …… Why give the publishing company money. 

I might change my mind later. But for now I’m happy writing and controlling that process myself.

What do you think? Self-publish or give you work to a publishing company?

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