A Good Question
I realize that ‘follow the red brick road’ doesn’t have the same rhythm or fun as ‘follow the yellow brick road’ when sung in munchkin voices, but can anyone actually answer the question as to why Dorothy began her journey on the yellow brick road?
While you’re wrapping your brain cells around that conundrum, let me ask you – which road are you following in your journey to publication?
The roads to publication are not color-coded (though I’m sure there is a super organized soul who has color coded their entire existence. If that person is you? More power to you.). The roads do not come with direct signage that points you to the sure way. The roads to publication are a writey-wimey, non-linear journey at best.
Over the last five years, the clarion call of being published by one of the ‘big 6’ has faded a bit. Instead, we are seeing more and more avenues available to realizing our publication dream.
Agents and publishers are finding well-written and compelling works in the indie ocean, resulting in offers of representation and publication. This makes the indie path so very tempting. But, there are tremendous risks.
Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. — Denis Waitley
Before you jump on the indie bandwagon, you need to ask yourself:
- Are you willing to find and pay for the editing and design services that are part of the traditional publishing route?
- Can you manage your time in such a way that you can run a business, stay employed, and still remember to feed the family?
- Do you understand the industry requirements for good writing, have you put time in to work your craft?
- Can you promote yourself, building an author platform that will bring in an audience?
These are just a few questions that need to be looked at. And the publication houses, regardless of size, are expecting the author to shoulder the burden of promoting their own work.
There is no guarantee of success with any of the choices available. But, if you’re like me, not trying is not an option.
So the path I’m choosing is neither read or yellow, its’ a multi-colored mishmash of trails, roads, and shepherd paths, all of which just might sent me over a cliff. I’m pretty resourceful. As I’m fighting gravity, I’ll be doing my damnedest to construct/grow some wings.
So, what road are you taking and are you committed to one path or keeping options open?