I didn't mean for it to sound like you said that, I was trying to ask your opinion if that's what you feel about e-publishing, sorry Bufty. Okay -No problem
Oh don't get me wrong I do want lots of people to buy my books, and I would love for it to be in a bookstore, that's not what I meant and after reading my comment, that does sound like that. I just meant, I would use word of mouth for potential *new* readers to read my stuff, if I wasn't getting many sales, does that make sense
That's what every intending self-pubbed novelist says but for the vast majority it just doesn't turn out that way, I'm afraid. It's more a case of a trunkload of books paid for by the self-pubber, and the wearing out of his shoe leather.
The writer published by a real publisher WHO PAYS YOU MONEY UP FRONT would be writing instead and leaving the marketing and selling to his publisher.
I really wanted this thread to see what everyones opinions are, I am still honing my skills and looking into real publisher with agents, I just am thinking that I MIGHT go with this option, and I wanted to see if there are any other authors who have been published through e-publishing would give me some insight on this, as well as authors who chose the other route.
There's no comparison, my dear, for a novelist. If you really want the opportunity to reach as many readers as possible and also achieve a return for your hard work, the Agent route to a real publisher is far and away the best route. That's the route where the writer gets paid up front and the reader buys the book in bookshops, knowing he is getting a good story, well-written, professionally edited and polished. (Most self-pubbed novels do not meet that criteria because normally the only Editor or judge of quality is the writer himself.)
It's not the easiest route -it takes hard work and determination, but the best things in life are never easy are they?
If all one wants is to hold a copy of one's novel, achieve minimal sales without the books being available in bookshops, and claim one is 'published' - the self-pub route will provide that - but that's about all.
Oh no I haven't I just took it to entertainment lawyer so I could see if this was a rip off or not. I haven't said yes to anything. Thanks Bufty.