Thursday, June 2, 2011

E-books vs. Traditional -- Let the Battle Begin *ding*

So there's been a lot of hoopla over publishing in the last few months with e-publishing vs. traditional.

Some say that e-books are the wave of the future. But to be honest,I've read some pretty awful self published books out there.

I, myself, have always had the goal to get an agent and a publish the traditional way, but I have very close friends who plan the e-publishing route.

I am curious to know how other writers are feeling about this. Do you plan to e-publish? Publish traditionally? Why?

Let's here your opinion and/or plans for publishing.

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17 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I have really no opinion becase I haven't had the opportunity to use an E Reader.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I hope beyond hope to get an agent and follow the traditional route. Hopefully, God is listening. :-)

Lynn said...

Often I have only been able to read the first few pages of a self published book due to frustration over all the grammar errors. And run away prose. That said though, if the author has hired a good editor, I believe self publishing as an e book is a good alternative if done properly, especially for nonfiction.

L.T. Elliot said...

I agree with Lynn. If it's done right and done well, an e-published/self published book can be just as great as a traditionally published one. I think it takes a lot of work, professionalism, and the right attitude--some people have that in spades. But I admit, I've run across my fair share of the opposite, too.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Some of the blogs I'm reading, along with a recent panel at WisCon, have convinced me that the best way to make sure money flows to the author is to self-publish. That said, the author should do her make to make sure the book is as professionally prepared as possible.

Jennifer Hoffine said...

E-books are the future, but I'm not convinced self-publishing is. Most readers still want some sort of "seal of approval" before they plunk any money down, and that's what traditional publishers give a fiction author. Same with libraries, esp. with budget cuts.

Self-publishing is good for non-fiction writers who already have a following or a niche audience to target.

Self-publishing might also work well for an already-published fiction writer who has a fan base they can draw from to do their own marketing. Then it might even be more financially sound to sell less books, as e-books, on your own instead of with a publisher.

It also depends on whether you want more readers or just the money.

I'll pick more readers.

Jessica Bell said...

Don't forget there are reputable traditional e-publishers too. I think many hear e-book and think self-pubbed. But it's not the case. There are some e-book only small presses out there. Not vanity presses, traditional presses. If find some people don't make the proper distinction and remain misinformed.

Carolyn V said...

Thanks Jessica. You're right. Thanks for clarifying that. =)

Summer Ross said...

Honestly I don't know yet- currently I seek traditional routes with my short stories, with poetry it tends to be self publish as a unit/chapbook or don't publish a whole bunch. as for a novel, well when i have one finished- I'll think of what i might do for publication.

Mary Campbell said...

What I don't understand is why the main publishers, agents and writers don't all embrace e-publishing. I think along with traditional publishing e-publishing should just be apart of it all. Everyone should get a piece of the e-publishing pie. Is there something I'm missing as to why this can't happen?

Angie said...

I don't think it has to be a battle, really, even though it seems like it right now. Whatever way works best for the author is a valid way of getting published. (I've read some pretty awful self-published ones too, though. Doing a professional job will be very important in self-publishing e-books, I think.)

Jennifer Shirk said...

My first book was published my an epublisher then it went to print. Then I went with a more "traditional" NY publisher. Both experiences have been good.
But I would like to try other bigger publishing houses. Self-publishing isn't out of the question though, especially when I get the rights back to my first book when the contract is up.

Al said...

I am in both hard and e-format.

I have self pubbed because I got sick of the query process and because I like having control over my own work

Kathryn Magendie said...

I traditionally (royalty/advance paying) published, but with a small press, which fits me just right!

BelleBooks/Bell Bridge books has been a dream to work with . . .

I don't know if I'd ever self-publish - well, I do know as long as a trad publisher is willing to publish me, I'll go that route!

Jolene Perry said...

I'd like to traditional publish - but my hope is that even when I'm traditionally published, I'll toss a self-pubbed ebook up once in a while. Lots of authors are doing that. They do it with shorter novels, things their agent doesn't think will sell...

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

I found you. How fun. Finally. Fun blog. I'm just starting twitter. Crazy world.

Michelle Teacress said...

I want to publish traditionally, for sure. However, I have nothing against e-publishing IF it's not self published. I admit I don't trust stories that haven't made it past professional eyes - heck, sometimes I don't trust the ones that do!