So, you’re traditionally published. And you like being traditionally published. And you don’t want to not be traditionally published. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care about self-publishing, because there are four ways that self-publishing is complementary to–not contradictory with–traditional publishing.
1. You can use self-publishing as a threat in contract negotiations. Up until now, you go into contract negotiations and say, “I want a pony! And a better e-royalty rate!” They have patted you on the head and said, “Or else what?” You now have an “or else.” You won’t use it, but they don’t have to know that.
2. You might have backlist titles, and you can get the rights back to them and self-publish them. Yes, there’s still work involved–you’ll need a new cover and you’ll need to perhaps scan the titles in, proof them, and format them–but you won’t have to deal with editing.
3. You might want to write a novella, to bring in new fans to your series–or potentially, to tide your fans over while they wait for your next.
4. You only sold North American rights to your novels. Did you know that on Amazon, you can put up books and restrict the territories to the other 283 countries that are not in North America? You can get your books in front of an international audience. Next time someone e-mails and says, “I can’t get your books in ____!” then you can let them know they can.