Not much. The main difference is that a self publisher can write any genre, or combination of genres, and try different writing styles. Publishers have to take those books that they expect will sell and they rarely want to try anything unusual.
Why do you think the debate between traditional and digital publishing is such a hot one?
I don’t know. Maybe there’s the legitimate concern by traditional publishers and writers that book quality is cheapened by self publishing. And they are right, but then publishers will put out a book by any famous name whether they are talented or not (Snookie) as long as it will sell. Or maybe there’s the fear that a writer who hasn’t been “vetted” by the system will be successful. But traditional published writers are now self publishing books and short stories that can’t be published anywhere else. So, there’s no war here and writers have an incredible opportunity that didn’t exist ten years ago. All of us should keep our options open.
What do you tell people who criticize your decision to publish digitally?
I agree with them. I criticize me, too. Continuing to write and query would have been much easier than doing everything myself. And, who knows, my shape shifter might have gotten published with an advance and that would have been more money than I’ve made self publishing. But I know I wouldn’t have published the books I really wanted to write.
Any advice for writers who are thinking of making the leap from traditional to digital publishing?
Buy extra chocolate and coffee. You’re going to need it. Now every decision about your book will be made by you. Sure, you can hire editors, designers, formatters and the like, but when it comes time to hit the publish button on Amazon or Nook, you know, and readers know, it’s your book. That’s why it’s called self publishing.
When can we expect to see your next book?
Steps Into Darkness will be out next Thursday, August 15. It’s the second book in the series and if you’d like to read the first, A Stairway To Danger, it’s free now as an e-book on Amazon through Saturday, the 10th. (Pssst, I think the second one is better. I am learning to write.)