I've been thinking a lot about publishing the last couple of days. I've been a little wishy-washy about what route I plan on taking, told a friend I was would probably go indie, my hubby thinks I should go indie and it does appeal to the DIY in me.
That's for another time though.
A question popped in my brain, one I had to debate with myself about. Who deserved more excitement about getting a book published: Indie author or Traditional author? Okay, so this may not be an important question but I still wonder. One could argue Indie because they're doing all the work themselves - or more of the work. Indie means either doing the cover yourself or finding a cover artist, finding an editor yourself and slogging through formatting and everything else it takes to hit published. And when the author finally hits published, the excitement is well deserved. They did it and without the help of an agent or publisher.
But a traditional author has earned their excitement at their book being published as well. After all, they snagged an agent and the agent found an editor and they polished the book until it shined. That alone took a good while to do. Then the agent sold the book to a publisher and the author signed a contract. Again, more time. Months to years can pass before a traditionally published author sees their book on the shelf and all that time spent agonizing and waiting is finally over.
So who deserves more?
In my humble opinion, I'm saying the traditionally published author. My reasons? The fact that they had the patience to go through all that. Traditional publishing is a waiting game, I've seen authors say it and agents say it. I get impatient waiting for my betas to finish their critique. (In all reality, I didn't wait for all of my betas to get back to me before pulling what I had open and go at it.) I have to give credit to someone who can do that, who can wait it out.
All you traditionally published authors and the ones to be, kudos to you for doing it. You have way more patience than I do. When your book finally hits the shelf, you totally deserve the excitement. As for the Indie authors (which even though I'm still being wishy-washy will probably include me) you deserve the excitement of being published as well, I'm just giving the bigger trophy to the traditional authors.
What's your opinion?