Most of my writing friends know what I have said. I have absolutely decided to self-publish...until today. I went into my Barnes & Noble account, making sure everything looked right with my novella on their new system, and couldn't help but notice that there was only about one or two unfamiliar names in the top 100. That is, people who have most likely independently published. One I know for sure is an indie publisher. So that leaves me wondering where I can make the most money, which is the debate for me. I have a kid; I live in an apartment. My "day job" (really more of a night job) is a stay-at-home-mom and finances and some personal circumstances currently necessitate this. My question: which mode of publication is going to allow my family to move into a house already?
The number of indies doing well to this extreme on Amazon is much larger, thus further confusing the issue.
According to Joe Konrath's blog, there is more money to be made going indie in the long-run, whether you're new at the game or "old." But here's the other problem: I'm not exactly rolling in dough. So for me to hire someone to create cover art (or buy good software), format my book, etc....Joe said he spent something like $1800 on all this when he and his gang published Draculas. I'm a pretty savvy chickadee so I know some ways to get that price down lower. But still, it's not the kind of $$$ for a person like me to sneeze at.
For right now, I'm just glad that my novel isn't finished. Maybe I'll just put "self-publish" and "traditionally publish" into a hat and see which one wins.
And if you're a writer who doesn't know who Joe Konrath is, I have one of two things to say to you: 1.Shame on you, or 2.Welcome to writing!