The face of publishing is changing, and nobody knows for certain which way the wind will end up blowing, no matter what those outspoken, authoritative guru types may tell you.
A recent article in USA Today offers some perspective on the developing relationship between e-publishing, self-publishing, and traditional publishing. Particularly interesting is the way in which each of the authors featured in the article have made effective use of more than one publishing avenue to reach their goals. Some have turned to e-publishing after a successful career in traditional publishing; some have landed contracts with a traditional publishing after self-publishing success, and so on.
It also brings to the forefront another truth: that luck is just as crucial to publishing success as talent, hard work, and self-promotion.
Read the article for ideas and encouragement. Discuss it among yourselves. The more you learn about what has and hasn’t worked for other writers, the better informed your own decisions about publishing will be.
(Thanks to Chris Kelder for sending the link to this article: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/story/2011-12-14/self-published-authors-ebooks/51851058/1.)