Hello everyone! I am currently working on my first novel and originally pretty dead set on self-publishing. I was terrified by the thought of an advance because I'm pretty certain (although I could easily be wrong) that if said book doesn't sell I'd wind up having to pay back said advance. It seemed at the time to be very similar in a sense to the music industry and thusforth initially I pretty much viewed traditional publishing as something to avoid unless I had no other choice. Fast forward a bit, and my opinion of traditional publishers has been softened by much of what I've read (a lot of it was on this forum actually!) So I am now wondering which is more viable for me at this point as a 17 year old kid (my parents have no problem with me writing and publishing a book BTW, I did think to talk about it with them) with little to no money. My novel itself may also cause issues. So the basis of my story is thus: two countries, a pugnacious country lead by a mad king that despises non-humans for the most part, and a very wealthy country that is helping to bankroll said other country in an attempt to cross through a small kingdom to the south in order to reach the lands past them. The main characters are the 20 year old king of the people in the way of said army and Anubis, the god of death (and war in this story). That whole war forms the first half of the book or so (it is not done yet). The next half is said king and Anubis take in a young child (of another species), hoping to raise him to become king of his kind and form a kingdom for his own kind in order to keep the more vicious countries at bay. I believe this novel falls into the fantasy genre, but I am uncertain where exactly it is in the genre because the whole second half changes the focus a lot. I'm wondering about that, but my main concern is how much input I will have with a traditional publisher. Will I be able to possibly look over the book or something akin to that so that I don't have to worry about them majorly changing something on me? I might be overly worried about the risk of a publishing house really changing something around on me. But that is why I'm asking here. Should I attempt to go traditional or is it better to just go self-published (and yes I have educated myself on what that entails)? The book will be part of a series of novels and hopefully a series of albums based off the books or vice versa. I thank you men and women who take the time to help me out here in advance. It's challenging enough for me to write novels after switching over from short stories, having a plan in advance will help me out a lot in keeping myself less stressed and productive. Thank you guys and girls for any help again, I greatly appreciate it!