Yes, Virginia, They’re Still Printing Books in New York

I’m cross-posting from the Castles & Guns blog today.

Funny thing, publishing.  A decade ago–heck, a couple of years ago–an author would write a book, then query like mad to find an agent. That hurdle passed, the agent would then submit one’s manuscript to a publisher, and so on and so forth until, eventually, one’s book ended up on the shelves of the local bookseller. A few mavericks would forego the agent and submit directly to the publisher.

Well, we all know that publishing model–the New York Model–has gotten a little frayed around the edges. Authors are responsible for more and more of their own marketing. Digital publishing has taken off like mad, and several top-notch small publishers are cropping up that can produce books more quickly than the Big Boys and are more willing to take a chance on a first-time author. Self-publishing and POD publishing offer even more options, with digital publishing offering much higher royalties to authors than the traditional model pays.

Authors are abandoning the traditional means of publication in droves.

I am not one of them, at least not yet, and I’ve found myself in the odd position recently of actually having to defend my willingness to stick to the slower, old-school model.  Yes, it’s been a long two years between contract and printed book. Sure, I’ll still have to do a lot of my own promotion. Yep, a lot of the decision-making in terms of production is out of my control. But to me, it has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Does this mean I won’t ever go with a digital publisher or even self-publish? Of course not–and maybe sooner rather than later. But I’d be lying if I said I regretted a second of the process I’ve been through so far in my own publishing journey, and I think it’s still a worthy goal for any author, even in the digital age.

I’ll be at SavvyAuthors.com tomorrow (Monday) night from 8-9 p.m. Eastern, talking about working with a Big Six publisher, a process I’m still in the early-to-middle stages of. Questions? Comments? Name-calling? It’s free (you just have to register on SavvyAuthors, which you should do anyway because it’s an awesome site) and is, ironically perhaps, part of their Digicon digital publishing online conference. Also free. Check it out, and join me for a chat by registering here.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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