Am I selling myself short if I self-publish, or will I make my own writing dreams come true? If I take years trying to win a traditional contract instead of putting my work out now to sell, am I being wise or foolish? I’m one of a multitude of writers grappling with these vexing questions, but as a social scientist, I also have the knowledge and skills to turn off the emotion and critically analyze the data.
This year I have the privilege of serving as survey expert for the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest 2014 Author Survey. In preparation for analyzing the more than 9,000 surveys authors returned this year, I’ve been diving into last year’s results. In a three-part blog at Digital Book World, I examine the differences in publishing priorities (Part 1), writing productivity (Part 2), and writing income (Part 3) between self-published and other types of writers to help provide insight.