Should I be an Independent Author or seek to be Traditionally Published?
This is a question that plagues many of today’s writers. Lykos Publishing supports all writers, whether they choose to self publish or choose a path to be published traditionally. It is a highly personal choice, and one that we must all make for ourselves.
Why did you choose to Self Publish?
Lykos Publishing, LLC was formed for self publishing my work for several reasons, which can be found below:
Am I a control freak? No, probably not. But I do like having certain control over things which would be beyond my reach were I to choose to be traditionally published. By self publishing, I can choose my own cover art for my novels, set my own prices, and choose the formats in which I would like to publish.
Finding an agent can take months, if not longer. Finding a publishing house that will accept your manuscript, even through the handling of an agent, can take even longer. By self publishing, the timing it takes to get a book to market and into reader’s hands is negligible. Whereas a traditional publisher may take months, even years, for everything to be finalized, a self publisher can ensure that their work gets out to the market in dramatically less time.
By self publishing, the rights to your own work remain yours in full. Traditional publishers normally retain the copyrights to your work once they lay claim to it. They establish control over how many printings of your work are sent out to press and how often they are done so. By retaining your rights, once again you are establishing your own control. See, maybe I am a control freak!
Simply put, self publishing cuts out the middle man. Yes, a traditional publisher will assist you in marketing and promoting your work. But if you are up to the challenge of doing that yourself, you will be repaid in kind. Literally.
5. Printing on Demand
As more writers are choosing self publishing, the options of having your work available in print editions are increasing. It is becoming more cost effective to have editions of your novel printed on demand. No longer are you required to purchase large quantities in bulk and having to store copies until they are depleted. This makes it simpler to test new markets, and new promotions readily.
6. Choosing Your Own Path
Do you want to remain faithfully independent? If you would like for the control of your work to remain forever in your grasp, then becoming an independent author probably seems quite appealing!
Would you like to keep your options open for a major publishing house to possibly pick up your novel at a later date? It’s your choice! Here at Lykos Publishing, we do not judge those who choose to change their path as they walk along it. If interest is shown in your work by a traditional publisher and you choose to take the opportunity as it comes, then that is something for you to consider.
Although there are several authors who have successfully published novels, and then also successfully published a collection of short stories (Dean Koontz and Stephen King come to mind), there are many others who have failed. Do you have a collection of short stories that you would like to share? Perhaps self publishing is for you! This is yet another option for those whose interests diverge along the forks in the road.
Have you ever sat down with the idea for a story desperately seeking an outlet? Have you ever had an idea for another story that was completely different than any other you have previously written? Self publishing allows for greater creative control than traditionally publishing. If you would like to direct your writing along a different path or attempt a different genre, then there is nothing holding you back. Perhaps you may even pique the interest of your previous readers!
I hope that you understand now why I have chosen my path. I invite you to join me as I begin this journey.