The Battle of Who Could Care Less

The other day I put up a link to one of my posts in a writers group I’m in.  Everyone was pretty into it and then I got one comment calling into question my reasons for self-publishing.  It wasn’t offensive, but the person felt strongly that traditional was the way to go.  I responded, making all my reasons clear and received no response after that.  I took that to mean my points were made and she better understood where I was coming from.

Later on I visited her blog (She mentioned a post in her comment to me.) and read a few of the entries.  Mostly she was trying to enlighten new authors on what to expect with self-publishing, but the posts had a pro traditional slant to them.  In reading them I realized we were kind of the on the same page.  Many of the pitfalls she wrote about are the exact things I’m trying to avoid in my publishing.  The only place I disagreed with her was the idea that you SHOULD go the traditional route.  As my Dad likes to say, “I only gotta pay taxes and die.”.  True dat, Dad.

This trad vs. self thing is one of the dumbest arguments.  The prime reason is because the only people who care about this are other writers and publishers.  I doubt readers even know this is going on and if they did, could care less.  They’ve got exactly two questions in terms of writing and publishing.  “Is this good?” and “How much?”.

Sort of reminds me of the East Coast vs. West Coast thing with the rappers in the 90’s.  That worked out soooo fantastic.  I’m pretty sure all the fans buying the music weren’t heavily invested one way or the other.  Maybe the die hards, but overall, I think no.  But at least their battle resulted in more record sales.  I haven’t heard of any writers crowing about big sales because they told publisher XYZ to sit on it.  So yes, we’re fighting for free.

It’d be great if both sides of the coin could work together because neither is going away, but the cynic in me thinks not.

I’m never going to tell you how to publish, I’ll only tell you why I’m publishing they way I AM.  I’m not going to tell you why self-publishing is so good.  I’ll tell you why it’s good FOR ME.  It’s a personal decision for everyone to make, so how about we stop fighting and write.

Andrew’s Note: Don’t take my word for it, Zoe Winters has blogged about her experiences with internet arguments.  In her case, she was defending her decision to self-publish and not trying to tell anyone what to do.  Still, it was a time suck.  You should check out her blog for more on that.  One of many posts on the subject:


And Amanda Hocking wrote an awesome post about the differences between self and traditional.  Hint: Not many.


So anybody else ever run into confrontation like this?  How did you handle it?

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17 comments on “The Battle of Who Could Care Less

  1. Do you think having an all-out war against one another might boost sales, like it did with the rappers? Cause, I’m usually a passivist, but if you think it’ll sell books . . . I might be willing to throw a fist or two.

  2. I’m very non confrontational (unless I’m attacked personally or one of my friends are), so I haven’t had any “words” with anyone. I don’t really care what trad published authors think of my decision to go indie. The numbers speak for themselves. There were a couple of months where my book sales brought in more money than my full time job. If I had FINALLY found an agent or FINALLY found a publisher, then I might expect to see my books out in, oh, maybe a couple of years. So that’s money I’ve made already that I wouldn’t have made yet. Plus, I have 3 novellas and 3 novels out right now and expect to have 3 or 4 more out this year. Hopefully. But I don’t HAVE to. It’s my choice. I work with my own deadlines. It’s so liberating. LOL

    • Yeah, sometimes you have to defend yourself, but it still doesn’t have to be a huge arguement. Some people like fighting about which side of the coin is better I guess. Well, while they fight, we write.

  3. It’s best not to argue with people in writing groups… it just makes both people sound petty… and I’m pretty sure I know who you are talking about (haha)… and don’t take it personal… (He or She) does that with everyone… I posted a blog post on SP once there and it caused a firestorm of argument (which I tried to stay out of)… some people are great to debate with… they listen and think about what you say… and respond… and others believe that whoever talks the loudest wins… it’s all about choosing which debates to participate in.

    • Exactly. And in the battle of which publishing is better, I say neither. Both have good and bad. I wasn’t going to take the discussion further if there was a response unless a different point was made. My social media time is small and I don’t want to spend it arguing.

  4. I’ve never run across anything like this, but one good friend who I respect highly had concerns when I mentioned indie publishing. I’ve known her for two or three years now (we met on those stories blogs I’ve mentioned before), and she went to school to study writing. She’s an amazing writer, but she’s been working on putting together a novel that she intended to publish traditionally.

    When I mentioned indie publishing, she wasn’t confrontational about it (she’s very honestly nice), but she thought I was doing a disservice to what she’d seen of my story already. So we talked through it. I posted up my reasons for and she posted her reasons against. We shared it in an open forum where other friends could jump in with their thoughts.

    And in the end, I made her reconsider. Now she’s planning on going indie and possibly keeping back some projects for traditional publishing. I say why pick one over the other when it is possible to do both.

    • What a great story and it perfectly illustrates what’s important. Not which option is better, but which one is better for YOU. And there are absolutely ways to work both angles to your benefit. Why pick indeed.

  5. It’s all about perspective. And as a writer, I feel that it is my duty to explore different perspectives instead of pushing a certain one.

    If we truly are the artists we say we are, we’ll let it be and go our own ways, whichever way that is.

  6. hehehehe YES @only writers care about this crap. It’s such an ego wank. And yes… fighting for free is fairly stupid. I did it way too long.

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