Traditional or Self-Publishing Quiz

“The Great Debate” referrers to traditional publishing versus self-publishing. Some authors believe that traditional publishing will be extinct in a few years, because they refuse to change their business model to focus more on the author. Anyone in traditional publishing right now, despises self-publishing, fearing that everything good and bad is mixed up into one big messy slush pile that readers cannot sift through.

Thousands of blogs have been written on this subject. (I have written two; this blog makes number three.) The problem with writing a blog like this, is people have their mind made up before clicking on the link. Authors are just looking for reassurance that they made the right decision.

Think about it. If you are a self-published author who could not sign with a traditional publisher, you do not believe that you have failed. Therefore, the only other option is that you believe traditional publishers failed you. It is their fault, not yours.

If you are an author that signed with a traditional publisher, then you are looking for reassurance that self-publishing will not take over the industry, especially with the e-book craze.

Take this quiz below and I will help you decide what to do, no matter how you felt before coming to this blog.

I’ve seen traditional authors switch to self-publishing and vice versa. As you continue to write books and adjust your marketing plan, your goals will be modified. For this reason, you should retake the quiz every six months.

Consider the following:

You have invested $1,500 into your career, which applies to both answers.

If you choose “A,” know that the book sales are guaranteed money in your bank account.

If you choose “B,” remember that people visiting your web site does not guarantee they will purchase your book. It all depends on where you are in your career as an author. Web site sales are unpredictable.

Each of these questions is based per month. Keep track of how many “A’s” and how many “B’s” you circled as you go along.

What would you rather have?

A. $30 dollars in book sales.

B. 75 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $75 in book sales.

B. 250 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $150 in book sales.

B. 500 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $275 in book sales.

B. 1,500 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $430 in book sales.

B. 3,000 people viewing your web site.

Halfway Point of the Quiz

What would you rather have?

A. $780 in book sales.

B. 5,000 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $950 in book sales.

B. 8,000 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $2,175 in book sales.

B. 10,000 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $4,500 in book sales.

B. 20,000 people viewing your web site.

What would you rather have?

A. $250,000 in book sales.

B. 1 million people viewing your web site.

Based on your answers, here is my assessment:

If you answered “A” more times than you answered “B” then you are more comfortable with self-publishing. Paying to have your book printed insures that you will at least be published and have a chance at book sales. Traditional publishing is a huge risk, or seems improbable. If you are already traditionally published, then you are considering self-publishing, because things are not working out as you hoped.

If you answered “B” more than you answered “A” then you believe in traditional publishing. You will keep writing books until a traditional house signs you. Sales are not as important as how many people you are reaching. You are willing to make enormous sacrifices, even if it takes years before your dream comes true. If you are already traditionally published, then you plan to stay that way.

If you answered more “A’s” in the lower half of the quiz, then you believe that seven years from now, you will be a self-published author and traditional publishing is not a realistic option for your long-term goals.

If you answered more “B’s” in the lower half of the quiz, then you believe that seven years from now, you will be a traditionally published author and self-publishing is not a realistic option for your long-term goals.

In another six months, take this quiz again and see if your answers change. Meanwhile, I wish you all the best in whatever path you choose.

Ron Knight 

www.authorronknight.com  

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