There are a lot of writers out there who rank self-publishing about one step above signing a pact with Old Scratch, while there are others who view it as the best way to reach targeted markets.*
Personally, I generally dislike the idea of self-publishing, mostly because a writer who self-publishes has none of the resources of a traditional publisher:
- You’d have to hire an editor — no one gets every typo.
- It’s surprisingly hard to design your own cover.
- You won’t be able to get your book distributed without a lot of work (and even more money).
I understand the allure of just getting it out there, but I live in fear of attempting to sell a book or similar product that looks entirely unprofessional. I’m an advocate of sticking with the traditional query route for as long as you can. At the very least, you might find out why an editor thinks your manuscript would be a tough sell — which in turn, can help you improve your manuscript.
*Self-publishing is not the same as publishing through a vanity press — which can be equivalent to signing an infernal contract. Vanity presses get you a couple of copies to hand around to friends and family, while self-publishing is done with the idea of making some dough.