Tuesday Poems For #Writers #Inspiration #WritingCommunity – To Indie or Not Indie?

Another poem inspired by Lucy of Blonde Write More! Thinking about the choices we make regarding publishing!

Could I do it
on my own?
Could I afford it?
Take a loan?

Push myself to 
edit?
Teach myself to 
market?

Formatting for
e-books
Seeing how the
inside looks

Do I need
a paperback?
Should it be seen
upon a rack?

Or do I try
submitting?
Find an agent
who is fitting?

A person who
can take care
Find me a deal
that's just and fair

Get me published
traditionally
What others think is
'properly'

So my books will
sell in shops
And book charts?
I could hit the tops!

Both are hard
Both need your book
Both need your time
Both need a hook

Yet with one 
you sell your soul
Trying to achieve
your only goal

And the other
it's up to you
How much effort 
you put in to

Creative control
may be taken away
Indie or traditional
I'm starting to sway...

Ritu 2019

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bee Halton
    Apr 25, 2019 @ 20:37:05

    I think you could be successful as a self-published author because you already have a huge platform with your blog and many, many connections. Do you know Derek Haines? He is self-publishing since many years and gives great advice on his blog: https://justpublishingadvice.com
    But whichever path you choose: you are a great writer and will see your book become reality 🙋‍♀️🐝

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  2. Jennie
    Apr 25, 2019 @ 11:27:07

    It’s a trade off. Decisions, decisions.

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  3. thereluctantpoet
    Apr 25, 2019 @ 01:51:21

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  4. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 21:44:31

    You are on the way, Sis! Dont look back, it will happen. :-)) Michael

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  5. Erika Kind
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 21:39:36

    It really is
    A long hard way!

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    • Ritu
      Apr 24, 2019 @ 06:55:15

      But what’s for the best….?

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      • Erika Kind
        Apr 24, 2019 @ 20:04:09

        That is learning by doing. You need to try it out and see what fits best for your! I think, if it is possible financially, I would give it to a publisher. It is a kind of book which needs a lot of formatting and it shall look and be professional. Another reason is, that it is your first book like this. I would let it a publisher do. That way you can still follow the process and be an active part of it which makes you see what all there is to do. You could try it yourself with a second one.

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      • Ritu
        Apr 24, 2019 @ 20:08:11

        I don’t know sis… I formatted my poetry one myself… But hey, still time to see!!

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      • Erika Kind
        Apr 24, 2019 @ 20:14:11

        I know, I did that with my poetry book too. But this is a different category of book. But as I said, it is learning by doing and you will find out. You can still give it a publisher if you get tired of this all, also with the marketing. It is not easy and a publisher has better connections.

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      • Ritu
        Apr 24, 2019 @ 20:42:04

        Not that easy to just find a publisher !

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      • Erika Kind
        Apr 24, 2019 @ 20:46:21

        I know… been there. It is a process of itself to find one you think you can trust. But I am sure, if you throw the question into the community you well get a lot of suggestions which are already proved. That way you cannot go too wrong. You can then contact a few and see which offer fits you best. It is a try. You don’t lose anything.

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      • Ritu
        Apr 24, 2019 @ 21:14:30

        Thanks sis 💜

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      • Erika Kind
        Apr 25, 2019 @ 13:10:45

        You are very welcome, It will all work out, sis 😘

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  6. willowdot21
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 18:45:07

    Brilliant poem Ritu, you will succeed 💜💜

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  7. Dan Antion
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 15:25:12

    Very nicely expressed, Ritu.

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  8. johnfreda
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 12:46:41

    This was both clever and informative. Thank you!

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  9. foodzesty
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 09:10:43

    This sounds like something I think about each day Ritu!!! 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

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  10. Dorinda Duclos
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 05:44:01

    That’s always been the thorn. Do we trade our rights just to get on a book shelf or should we just pour ourselves into self marketing? Great poem!

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  11. pranabaxom
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 05:41:46

    You will get it published.

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  12. robbiesinspiration
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 05:13:16

    Ah, you have discovered the trade off – creative control.

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