Should I Publish Traditionally or Go Indie?

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a question I head surprisingly often, especially from new authors. I always tell people that both are valid ways, and advise them to pursue a traditional publishing contract first, if that’s what they want. However, they should not stop at that. Instead, they should keep their options open, should they fail to get a contract.

Secretly, I know that 99% of them will end up Indie. Not because their books are no good, but because of a simple truth: what publisher will prefer an unknown author who’s only just starting out to a midlister Indie with thousands of fans and an established platform?

So, my advice would be to try both and see what works for you. But don’t waste years waiting for an agent or a publisher to come back to you. It’s just not worth it anymore. Besides, you have better chances at being picked by an agent or…

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  1. Thank you so much for reblogging! 🙂

    1. You are most welcome!

  2. thatbillguy

    My plan is this: I will submit my manuscript to several publishers. Once I have a few rejection letters, I will publish through an indie publisher, using the rejection letters as the forward.

    1. Lol, but this is how many people end up self-publishing after they’ve been rejected a few times by traditional publishers. I, on the other hand, plan to self-publish from the very beginning.

  3. I’ve just posted a piece by Dean Wesley Smith at that really made me rethink this question!
    I really appreciate the sites you are sharing! I’ve nominated you for an award, The Dragon’s Loyalty Award. If you want to participate, check out the directions at I’ll have them posted by Saturday!

    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! I’m truly honored to the be the recipient of an award. I’ll be sure to check it out on Saturday when you have all the details posted.

    1. Isn’t this a great post?

      1. Yes it is-I’m a newbie to publishing and I’m glad I read the advice-Keep my options open…And think positive… thank you Lynettedavis

  4. My pleasure! But we owe all our thanks to Nicholas Rossis who originally posted it.

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