This past week, I did a four part story about why I decided to sign my already successful self-published book to a traditional deal. The four parts of that series are below.

  1. Why I originally self-published my now traditionally published book
  2. Disadvantages of Self-Publishing: Piracy, copyright & having to be the bad guy
  3. Disadvantages of Self-Publishing: Being your own publisher is a lot of work
  4. Disadvantages of Self-Publishing: prejudice and the stigma of being your own publisher

In the meantime, the New York Times has a story on this very topic about one of the most successful self-published authors of all time and why she opted for a traditional deal after millions of dollars of self-publishing success.

I think it’s interesting that she touches on a lot of the same issues I brought up. I guess it just goes to show that, no matter the scale of success, most of us authors have the same concerns.

A Successful Self-Publishing Author Decides to Try the Traditional Route


If any writer proved that modern self-publishing could be a pretty sweet deal, it was Amanda Hocking.

In the past year Ms. Hocking, a 26-year-old from Minnesota, became an indie heroine in the literary world for publishing nine books that sold a total of more than one million copies, nearly all of them in e-book form, earning almost $2 million for her efforts.

Read the rest here