Aspiring authors ask me the same questions all the time: Why would I want a traditional publishing deal? What does a traditional publisher have to offer me? These questions are coming more often in the wake of stories about indie e-book authors making a mint.
My answer to why someone might want a traditional publishing day in this day and age is usually three-fold. A traditional publisher offers you:
- a business partner
Today, however, I’m going to let someone who knows way more than I do tell you his side of the story. Former agent Nathan Bransford, author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, wrote a post explaining why he opted for a traditional publisher for his book. You can read all about his reasons here. He offers a good argument for traditional publishing. I like most of them–especially the one about the advance: “When you get an advance you can literally take it to the bank.”