A to Z Blog Challenge

G is for Good, Fast, and Cheap


I find the Good-Fast-Cheap is a decision model that serves most of life’s productions well. There is no better criteria for approaching the publishing of a novel. Like most things, we always have choices, but with each choice we lose the ability to select the alternative.

Good-Fast-Cheap represents the choice selection. We get to choose two but never three. So anything you want can be made based on the selection and the selection speaks to the thing not chosen. In book production we can publish one that is Good and Fast, but that won’t be Cheap. You’ll need help and help costs money. You can also choose to DIY, so that it may be Good and Cheap, but you won’t get it done Fast. The final choice is to publish Fast and Cheap, but I promise it won’t be Good.

A writer is kidding himself if he believes that a published book can be all three. Honestly, it pisses me off that many Indie authors believe just that— somehow they are above the fray, with skills that allow them to produce a great book, with no costs and a three month production time. Those exceptions are the reason many of us find a constant need to defend our craft by muttering, “Well not all Indie authors produce typo-laden garbage.”

I prefer the Good and Fast method. Fast defined as producing a book in under a year. I am committed to Good and I accept to get it done and get it done fast I have to pay a price. I let the experts be the experts, that is I pay for services like editing, book cover, book format and design, beta-reading and production. “All in” a book costs me about $1400. If I wanted to go Good and Cheap, I would have to invest a lot of time in learning how to edit, how to illustrate and how to format a professional book layout. Then I would have to actually do all of those things myself…to which I say…”Ick, no way.”

Of course, that being said, the A to Z Blogathon does require Fast and Cheap, so one really can’t expect these posts I write to be very Good.

6 replies »

  1. I think your posts fall under the Good category even when they are fast and cheap. And I won’t deny being happy that you choose to hire an editor, because I get a kick out of telling you what to do. 😉

  2. Good advice. It occurs to me that if I’d found yours–and other’s–blogs before I started this journey, I’d have saved myself a whole lot of time, money, and frustration. Too many SPA just don’t know any better.

  3. I wish I could do Good and Fast, but my life doesn’t allow that. So instead I do Good and Cheap. The result I release books once or twice a year, and they usually get good reviews. I hope someday to devote more time to writing, so I can do Good, Cheap and maybe a bit faster. One can only hope.

  4. Cheap doesn’t have to mean low quality if you are willing to be slower (like taking the time to learn to format for example) and are creative about bartering services. I think the good and fast takes years and years to hone. Personally, anything I do fast is such a mess is ends up being far more slow to clean up than taking a more measured approach from the get-go.

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