We can’t tell you to pick one or the other. Truthfully, it’s up to you what kind of journey you want to take.
Estimates say 4000 books are published every single day, so whichever path you chose, you need to stand out. If you do want to self-publish, you need to know your budget and what you’re willing to invest before you start the journey or you’ll be disappointed. You need professional editing, a sharp cover that sets you apart from the competition, and a marketing plan.
If you go with a publisher, you still need to understand your role as an author in modern publishing and understand that you still have some work to do on your end. Your personal author platform needs dedication and discipline. We believe in partnership and have multiple training classes to teach you how to start, schedule, organize and write a blog, how to run your personal social media, and how to build your personal writing career. But, what many authors forget, is their brand and their personal social media is their responsibility.
A publisher can also help with worldwide distribution, foreign rights and translations, movie and television rights, audiobooks, and licensing – areas you may not feel ready to tackle on your own.