Self-Publish vs Traditional Publishing from an unpublished Author’s POV by Elle Silver

I was going to think of a great blog post about the creative writing process but I fear that if I don’t talk about this I am going to go nuts thinking about it. I have never published any of my work and I am seriously conflicted about Self-Publishing.

I have met so many authors and beta-read so many pre-published books by so many authors who are convinced that Self-Publishing is the only way to go. I must admit, I did think about it but having weighed all my options, I am still not ready to take this “popular route” at least not yet.


For those who have, it is working out great, at least as far as I can see. I am not in no way diminishing someone else’s decision to self-publish. I am just on a rant that I hope will help me accept my decision. I realize that I have already decided not to self-publish and there are reasons for that.

Many self-published authors may disagree with me on this one (feel free to do so) but I think that being a self-published author may rob me of my “writer” title. I know that even if I traditionally publish, I would still need to build an author platform to get a publisher to look at me twice. But self-publishing makes the process so much harder and that much more expensive.


I have read many books on self-publishing and signed up for many self-publishing programs and as such I know it takes much more than just building a platform. Readers are more likely to buy a book by a traditionally published author than a self-published one and that is the reason I write. I want readers to choose to buy my book. I want readers to choose to read my story even before they know who I am.

Self-publishing is great but I don’t think it’s for me. It used to be that a writer didn’t need to spend money to get published. All you had to do was prove that you can develop characters and give them a voice in a way that readers would find interesting enough to spend money on. The publishing world has changed, in part because of self-publishing and I know I must work harder to get noticed.

But that’s just me. I have been struggling with this for well over a year and as much as there are self-published authors I admire; I know I will take the traditional route. I hope it won’t happen, but I am waiting for my first rejection letter. When it comes, I will know I have taken the first step and I will read that rejection letter with a smile.

Happy Nanowrimo-ing!

About the author


Growing up Elle was the girl sitting in a corner with her nose in a book. For as long as she could remember, she would journey to different destinations around the world with the characters she met in the many books she read.

So when she turned fifteen, it was not surprising that she found herself ready to create her own world of characters. The Paranormal world was particularly intriguing, especially immortal vampires and the humans sharing their fascinating existence.

Her first book was not published and got lost somewhere in the midst of her life. Her love of stories- literature, Movies and TV,only intensified as she got older, becoming a major part of her life.

Soon, she would find herself working as a freelance writer (a girl has to pay her bills) all the while sharing her life with voices in her head that screamed for an outlet. She saw an opportunity to give life to her characters when she stumbled on self-publishing and her first Paranormal romance series- The Eternal Flame Series was born.

A tea addict, Elle also has a powerful love for Music and her ever expanding Family. She is overjoyed to share her love for Romance with all her readers and grateful for their unending support.

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