From the last few days, lots of my writing friends (both in India and abroad) whose books have encountered rejection, are considering opting for the self-publishing route. In India as we don’t have agents, we writers approach the publishers directly after getting their email id’s from the website. One of my friends told me that she was strongly considering uploading it on Amazon just so that people could read it, as all the publishers she had approached had not bothered replying. I am sure it’s not that easy and that there are other things to consider while self-publishing.
I made her reconsider her decision. I even beta read her book, sent her feedback and requested her to resend the book to the same few Indian publishers after she had revised it extensively. I asked her to send it in batches, to a few publishers at a time. First send the bigger publishers, then the smaller ones. She has done that and is happy that the publishers have told her they will get back to her.
I personally feel that sometimes a particular story has no appeal for the publishers however well we write it. That’s why it’s important not to pin our hopes on one book and to keep writing other books and stories.
Now I come to an important question. At what stage does one consider self-publishing? After how many rejections should one drop the idea of going the traditional publishing route? At what point should we give up on getting that particular book traditionally published? For those who have gone the self-published route what was the reason and the process? Please share your views.
P.S. If any self-published writer is interested in doing a guest post on the entire process, then please email me. There are many writers who want to self-publish but don't know how to go about it. The post will help them.