Self-publishing v. Traditional Publishing by Alexa Randolph – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Self-publishing v. Traditional publishing

When I decided to write my first book I would research on the topics of the book as well as the type of publishing I wanted. During a lot of my research I found that a lot of authors didn’t like authors who self-publish. They thought it was taboo and if you want to do well then you to get an agent, editor and publishing deal.

I didn’t understand what was so bad about self-publishing. It seemed similar to me. I didn’t put much thought into it. I started getting a list of agents that I thought might like my manuscript and started sending them out electronically. After a few months of either not hearing back, being rejected and one that asked me to send more I decided to really look into self-publishing.

The more I researched it the more it seemed to be the perfect fit for me. Sure traditionally published authors turned their noses down on it, but everyone is different. As I continued to research I realized it is the same thing except I pay for everything up front like editing, a cover designer, and I am in charge of all of the marketing.

With traditional publishing you have a lot less control and a big chunk is taken out to pay for the services your agent and publisher get for you. You may end up with next to nothing unless you become a best-selling author with millions sold.

I am not dissing the traditional route, but for the type of person I am I like the idea of having more control over everything. Amazon makes it easy to self-publish and I get a high percent of each book sold.

I think they are both equally great with each having pros and cons. I think it should be up to each person what works best for them.

With Love, Ella

Ella Chambers was a top event planner in New York, about to marry the man of her dreams. Daniel Collins was the quarterback for the Giants, on his way to winning his first ever Super Bowl. Life couldn’t get any better when they both said those three words to each other and planned to spend the rest of their lives together.
Until one perfect day came crashing down around them when they hear the three words no one wants to hear: You have cancer.

Now instead of dresses, flowers, and invitations, they’re dealing with doctors appointments, tests, and tears. Their love and strength will be tested and tortured, but they’ll fight with everything they’ve got to make it through.

Daniel, Ever After:

Daniel and Molly are both lost in their own worlds. They recently lost the most important people in their lives. They are connected in so many ways but are complete strangers. They are barely hanging on, but a drunken encounter sends them over the edge of despair. Can they bring each other out of their misery, or will they continue to push each other away until it’s too late? Find out in the sequel to With Love, Ella, titled Daniel, Ever After.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Ella noticed that Daniel was starting to get fidgety and had a nervous energy. She held his hand and smiled at him. He kissed her hand and held them tight. “Ella, you have always been my best friend and for the past six years, I have been lucky enough to call you the love of my life. We may fight at times, but I know that I could never be without you by my side. Words could never describe how much you mean to me. You are the reason I wake up in the morning and the reason I never want to go to sleep at night. When I think about my future, the only thing that I know for sure is how much I need you in it. You are my everything.” He grabbed a box out of his pocket and got down on one knee. He looked her right in the eyes and said, “Will you do the honor of making me the happiest guy in the world and be my wife?” Ella was shocked. She shouldn’t have been surprised, as this had been a long time coming. But still, she didn’t think it would happen now when her life had just fallen apart. Tears formed in Ella’s eyes. “I…uh…I need a minute.” Ella said before slipping her heels off and taking off down the beach.

About the Author: Alexa Randolph is the author of Daniel, Ever After, which follows With Love, Ella. “It was so fun to be able to watch my characters grow from my first novel to this one,” Alexa says of her contemporary romance novel. “My heart hurt when theirs did, and I felt like I was a part of their world.” You can always find her typing away at the keyboard, crafting romantic short stories or dreaming up characters and plots. Or you may find her blogging and helping to raise awareness for chronic pain. Not surprisingly, Alexa also loves to read the types of stories she writes and is especially fond of John Greene and romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. Alexa is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Communications; during college she was a regular contributor to the online blog, “The Odyssey.”

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  1. James Robert says

    It has been great hearing about your book and although I am not the reader myself, my 2 sisters and 2 daughters are. They love hearing about the genre’s they like and me helping them get to find books they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for hosting!

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  4. bernie wallace says

    Are any of the people in your book based on people that you know?

  5. I liked the excerpt.

  6. Danielle M says

    Sounds like a great read

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