Writing Video Wednesday: Everyone Has Their Own Publishing Path

Today, I wanted to do a video about publishing.

You can watch it here.

Here is the transcript:

Hey everyone. It’s author, Sara Crawford, and I have a writing video for you today.

So today, I wanted to talk about how everyone you meet is going to have a different publishing journey. Now some people are going to tell you that “you have to do it this way.” “You have to query agents.” “You have to go for one of the Big Five.” “You have to be an indie.” “You have to do it this way.” “You have to go with a small press.” Okay, that’s just crap because you don’t “have to” do anything.

Everyone is going to have a different publishing path and a different way that will work for them much like writing advice. Everybody has a different process. Everybody has a different way that they actually write, and publishing is the same thing. Some people are going to publish with the Big Five, some people are going to publish with a small press. Some people are going to publish independently. Even then, some people are going to stay exclusive to Amazon, some people are going to go wide to all retailers. Everybody has a different approach, and sometimes you’re going to have to try more than one approach to find what works best for you.

This is why there are so many hybrid authors. A lot of people have to try out different approaches to publishing before they find the avenue that is going to work for them. And the platforms that are going to work for them.

And different ways of publishing work better for different genres. Romance, for example, does really, really well for indies. Young adult also can do well for indies, but you are going to find that you actually get more adult YA readers as an indie-published book than actual teens. So you might just need to adjust, make your books have a little bit more crossover appeal.

And there are going to be different adjustments you need to make whether you’re publishing traditionally or independently. It just depends. So everybody has their own way.

And don’t ever let anybody tell you that you are not doing it the right way because you are. As long as you’re writing and trying to get your stuff out there, that is the right way. Some people don’t even need to do that. Some people just need to write. Some people don’t even need to write, you know, but if you want to be a writer, as long as you’re writing, that’s the right way.

Alright, everyone, my name’s Sara Crawford. I have writing videos every Wednesday. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you in the next video.

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