“Why waste your time and energy on querying when you can self-publish?”
It’s a question I’ve grown used to over the years as I’ve posted on Facebook about my querying adventures… which always end in seemingly-obligatory rejection. Because they love me, fellow writers, family, and friends all want to know the same thing:
“Why do this to yourself?” they ask. “It’s the digital age! You don’t have to deal with agents and publishers anymore!”
Actually, yes: I do. But it’s not always easy to explain why. After all, many writers have found great success in self-publishing, and it’s no longer a huge no-no even among the well-read.
Heck, I actually have self-published, even writing quite a few blog posts about my adventures. In fact, my self-publishing career has spanned longer than most know, as my very first self-publication came out way back in 1998: a story called The…