I will never understand why people feel that they have to debate which one is "best", seeing as there is no right or wrong answer, really. There is good and bad in both. You just need to know your facts and go the way you want to go depending on your situation and your project.
Kind of simple.
I like the post below. Today, in this fact-building corner... one writer's experience in traditional publishing.
Writer Unboxed -- by guest Meg Clayton White
5 REASONS TO TURN TO TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS RATHER THAN SELF-PUBLISHING
We are so pleased to introduce today’s guest, Meg Clayton White. Meg is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters, a writing group novel, and the just released sequel, The Wednesday Daughters. She’s written for The Los Angeles Times, Writer’s Digest, Runner’s World and public radio, and for The New York Times and Forbes online.
“THE WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS is a heartwarming tale of a group of women who know the best and the worst about one another, yet choose to embrace each other anyway as sisters and as friends. The book is filled with memorable characters, both British and American…It’s easy for readers to imagine themselves amidst the peace and beauty of one of England’s most famously attractive natural areas.” —AMIE TAYLOR, BOOKREPORTER
Meg says, “It took me 10 years to get my first novel published, and yet I can’t imagine how different my life as a writer would be without the support of Random House/Ballantine and the lovely people there. Anyone in publishing would likely be making more money elsewhere. They are in it for the same reason writers are: because they love books.”
To learn more about Meg, please visit her blog, follow her on Twitter or Facebook page. Take it away, Meg!
It’s a new world, and none of us are dependent on the whims of New York publishing to get our writing read. But here are five reasons why you might want to brave form rejection to find a traditional publisher:
1. Let’sStartwiththeEditing.Yes, you can hire some pretty good copy editors these days, and even some decent book doctors, but they won’t have skin in the game the way an editor at a traditional house will. My editor goes through multiple drafts with me, and loops others in for fresh reads as well. Her reputation depends on the success of The Wednesday Daughters nearly as much as mine does... (Con't on Writer Unboxed)
[Originally posted on Writingscape V1.0, 10/28/2009. Ran across it today, busted a gut, and couldn't help re-posting it here. Yes, I did this. More than once. These are my notes.]
There may be times in your life when law enforcement procedure and general police knowledge is vital to a story you're writing. When that happens, an officer can really end up saving your arse, but first... a writer must use proper caution so as not to get said arse shot off.
1. Locate available officers or deputies wherever parked out and about, at your chosen convenience store, gas station, mall parking lot, doughnut shop, et cetera. If their lights are flashing, DO NOT STOP. DO NOT APPROACH. Simply drive on without sudden moves, tire-squealing, or other nervous acts that may bring unwanted attention to your person.
2. If officers are not on high alert (lights flashing), calmly pull in and park two or three spaces away. Give them a wide berth (a happy officer is one who can see everything going on around him/her). Before leaving your car, peek inside convenience store or gas station to be sure no robbery is in progress (officers could have come in hot but silent). Make certain no perps are confined in back of cop car (if perp is present, DO NOT APPROACH. Cop is on high alert. Get Slushee or Big Gulp and be on your way.)
3. If everything checks out, leave your car and approach officer(s) slowly from the front, with both hands in plain view. If you are certain your smile has no psychotic or deviant undertones, smiling is optional. But beware--cops have been jumped by people who smiled at them first, so they're sensitive. NEVER approach the officer(s) from behind, unless you have a fetish for guns, tasers, or night sticks.
4. STOP no less than six feet away to introduce yourself; let the officer invite you closer when s/he is comfortable. Identify yourself as a local writer researching a novel or short story, and ask if s/he has a moment to answer a few questions. (They usually do, and are intrigued, unless you insist on staring at their gun.) Then ask away! It is usually smart, at some point in your Q & A, to remind said officer that you have no intentions of breaking anyone out of jail, using the info in the commission of your own crime, or using info later to get one up on said officer.
5. When Q & A is complete, do NOT bum-rush officer in your gratitude or touch officer in any way without permission. Graciously thank them for helping you out, and back away with a grateful smile and no sudden moves. Leave parking area without tire-squealing or nervous acts.
No matter what you call them (the Po-Pos, 5-0, the old Bill, et al.), police officers can be your best friend if you just don't scare them.