With the ease of self-publishing, people (too many people, in my opinion) are questioning the value of publishing houses. This coming from the perspective of a self-published author, and I can't bring myself to play the publishing-house-hating game. It's just not fair.
Here's a list of some gripes against publishing houses:
- They offer small royalties
- They pay itty-bitty advances
- They retain rights to your work for a long while (relatively) so you can't do anything with it
- It can take upward of a year and a half or more to see your book in print once it's been accepted
- The competition is brutal to get anything published
These are all true. But here's the part that most people don't talk about:
Publishing is a business.
To read the rest of my article about the publishing business, jump on over to What's Your Story (and you can also enter to win a signed paperback of The Burn!)