Traditional or Self Publishing?

How Do I Decide

I’ve got an e-book available on Amazon:

How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing can help authors figure out which path to take.

How Do I Decide? is a concise, definitive resource that will guide you through the decision, allowing you to ignore the noise and hype and focus on the right path for YOU. This is a fair and balanced approach that avoids favoring one choice over the other—and instead shows you how to determine which best fits your own situation.

About 50 pages jammed full of insider information, How Do I Decide? gives you the facts you need to make an informed choice. It walks you through the various steps of the publishing process so you can determine which road best suits your personal goals, temperament, and level of previous publishing experience.

How Do I Decide? is brief yet comprehensive, and includes:

• an overview of the current publishing landscape
• an outline of the path to publishing
• a user-friendly checklist to help you figure out your path
• pros and cons of traditional publishing
• pros and cons of self-publishing


• An eye-opening infographic that’ll help you decide
• A “quiz” to streamline your decision-making process
• Additional resources with links to further information

The e-book is only $2.99 on Amazon. Check it out if you’re considering which path to take!

(Cover design by the fabulous Nicole Miller at Miller Media Solutions.)

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Richard McMaster on May 29, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Fundamental to all options is knowing your book is marketable. There are so many people who will sell you something without knowing whether one person would buy the book. I have read some pretty bad books.


  2. Jeanette Andersen on May 19, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    I am going through this turmoil now and can’t wait to read your book. Thank you for your hard work in keeping us writers informed.

  3. Richard Mabry on May 17, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Rachelle, I’ve read the book and found it to be extremely helpful. As self-publishing becomes an option for more writers, this is a purchase that’s well worth the cost. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Rachelle Gardner on May 17, 2016 at 7:04 AM

      Thanks for the encouragement, Richard!