In my FAQ for this site, I've made some mention of why I've chosen to self-publish my material rather than go to a professional publisher. I've probably picked the right time to do this sort of thing, since self-publishing (especially if you do it with as much professionalism as can be spared on the project) is no longer seen as an instant door-closer or kiss of death.
I get asked "why?" a lot, so here's a more detailed rundown of the key reasons I do this.
With all this in mind, I have to add something that comes at the possible expense of sounding like I'm going back on myself. I haven't ruled out the possibility that a day might come along when I get offered a publishing contract with really amazingly good terms -- and who knows, I might even take it. But I'm not doing that without taking a good, long look at what I'd stand to lose in the process.
One other thing I have been asked is: By doing this, aren't you tacitly admitting that you don't have enough confidence in your work to have it professionally produced? That was a toughie the first time I encountered it, and I've since come to think of it this way: By trying to adopt the best possible standards of production, editing, and storytelling, am I not a "professional" myself? Yes, I take on the responsibility, and thereby make it that much more difficult -- I don't have the marketing muscle of a whole company behind me, to be sure -- but is it any less professional if one person does it as opposed to a whole company?
I think what people really mean by this is "Don't you want to see your work reach the widest possible audience?" Well, sure -- but again, I'd rather that not happen in a way where I have no control over what happens later.
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