Self Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

 Self Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

Should I publish my book myself or take it to a publisher? The debate as to which one is better, rages on. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Whether you are a beginner or not, there is little doubt that at least tipping a toe into the waters of self publishing holds many benefits.

Advantages of self publishing:

To start with, the financial benefit that you will receive is much greater than those generated by publishing through a publishing house. You sell and you take the money. There is nobody to take most of it away from you. Publishers are simply not interested in your work especially if you are an unknown writer. J.K. Rowling for instance received a “we are sorry but” -letter from twelve publishers before one finally accepted a manuscript.

If you do achieve the impossible and your work does get accepted by a publisher, you lose the rights to the book. In fact, all you will get from something that you created out of nothing are the royalties and they are far from great. Publishers also have a way of telling you what to do and how to do it. They dictate to you what should be in the book and what not as well as how this or that should be formulated. When you do it yourself you have full control of the content and layout. You are the boss. Your message reaches the world the way that you want it to. You do not have to negotiate with anyone about the risks of publishing your book. Nobody is taking risks except you and if you know what you are doing self-publishing can be inexpensive and risk-free.

Publishing your own book is a quick process. You can write about a hot topic. By the time your book is finished, interest in that topic will still be high. Publishers can easily sit on your manuscript for a year. You are navigating your way through the writing process yourself without any help or guidance. That is a learning curve that will prove to be very valuable the next time you decide to put a book on the market.

The world is moving forward and as it does self-publishing is gaining steam. More and more once great authors start by putting their own stunning works on the shelves. Once they do, big publishing houses start taking notice. There is a lot to say for self-publishing. It is the way of the future.

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