What’s right for you?
Good morning, everyone! I am so sorry my post didn’t go out yesterday. It’s been one of those crazy weeks, and I didnst didn’’t even realize until late in the day that this hadn’t been set up. That’s a topic for another post, though– Monday, to be exact.
For now, I wanted to talk about something that I’ve seen a lot of in the online world and felt the need to discuss: Crowd funding. More specifically, the thoughts and attitudes surrounding crowd funding. I’ve seen a lot posts from people who still seem to have an issue with people not going the traditional route of submitting to a publisher and waiting until one has accepted you for your work to see the light of day, as well as a general stigma on crowd funding campaigns.
Whether one personally likes it or not, self-publishing and crowd funding is here to stay and I, for one, am thrilled. I have read so many self-published books that I have loved. Without self-publishing, I really doubt I would’ve had the pleasure of reading those titles and connecting with the writers.
With the stigma attached, why do some people choose to go the self-pub route instead of waiting to be legitimized by a publisher’s acceptance letter? It’s simple: freedom. You can put your story out there as you want, when you want. You can have complete and total control over every aspect and get your fans intimately involved through crowd funding campaigns.
As long as an author (or anyone else who starts a campaign) is being upfront about their intentions, why shouldn’t people who believe in the project have the opportunity to contribute toward seeing it come to life? What it all comes down to is, everyone has their own path and what works for me (being with a publisher while occasionally putting out something on my own) might not work for someone else.
We all need to take a long, hard look at our plans and make the decision that is right for us. Let’s put ourselves in the other person’s shoes for a minute before we call them into question. Whatever path may be right for you, stick with it. Be true to yourself. I’ll be cheering you on.