Self publishing vs traditional
I started writing The Portal series because my youngest son read my short story about Max, Laura and their dad’s box of broken things and asked me what happened next. I had intended to answer his question by writing just one book (Realand) but am now almost finished writing book 2 (Treasure Island), and have plans for at least 3 more (Queendom, Spacetrain and The Library of Lost Books) in what has now become The Portal series.
I sent Realand (book 1) out to lots of 8 – 12 year old beta readers (and some adults too) because I think my writing style for children makes me sound like the literary love child of Enid Blyton and Spike Milligan, and I wasn’t sure it would make the grade. Much to my surprise the feedback has been overwhelmingly favourable despite the fact that none of these people are related to me and they all read the book for free.
My plan is to self publish Realand as a digital book and sell it for under £1 so that children can buy it for themselves with their pocket money if they wish. I have set aside money for editing, commissioned a cover and an illustrator. All very exciting indeed. I like the idea of having control of the whole process, especially the price as I think digital books for children tend to be very expensive and I can’t understand why.
However, some of the writers who have beta read Realand for me are strongly encouraging me to go the traditional publishing route with it rather than self publishing it. Not because there is anything wrong with self publishing in their opinion but because they think The Portal series has the potential to be ‘the next big thing’. I say if it is the next big thing then it will be so whether it is traditionally or self published.
What would you do?