Horror stories about authors’ miserable experiences with traditional publishers aren’t hard to come by. And yet recent studies, like the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Survey, still show publishers viewed favorably among most authors as compared with self-publishing, even if by slim margins.
So how common are such nightmare scenarios, and does the answer square with publishers’ reputations more generally?
It turns out traditional publishing’s appeal for authors could still be losing its edge, even if horror stories remain exceptions to the rule.
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