Here's my story. I completed a Windows PC game about a year ago, but before I completed it, for a couple of reasons, I decided not to sell it. Now, I have changed my mind, and I wish to sell the game to see if I can make some profit from it. I have been considering two options; sell the game from my own website and promote it on sites such as GameDev.net, or submit it to a game portal such as Steam, BigFish, etc.
Although I would like to make some money from the game, I'm not attemping to get rich quick, or get rich at all. So bringing the game to a mass audience isn't a priority for me. Would it be better for me to simply start by selling my game on my own website? From what I understand, game publishers such as Steam, BigFish, GameHouse, etc. aren't very easy to please. Personally, I don't feel like going through the red tape to gain their approval of my game to have it published on their portals.
So once again, what is a suggested way to get started selling games? What have some other prominent indie game developers done?
I appreciate any replies.
Don't chose. Go with both. Self promotion ... you can start it now, this until you might be approved by others.