7 Facts That Nobody Told You About Self- Publishing & Traditional Publishing
Updated: May 6
You may have heard this discussion that self-publishing is much better than traditional publishing, as well as the same discussions on the side of traditional publishing. Frankly speaking both have their respective advantages and disadvantages.
The following are the facts about self-publishing and traditional publishing:
1. Self-publishing offers overall ownership of the royalties and rights. Traditional publishing does not!
If you want to have overall control over your book royalties and rights, self-publishing is the right one for you. If you do not mind having any control over your royalties and rights, you may choose traditional publishing.
2. Traditional publishing offers advance payment, self-publishing the author is responsible for all the expenses.
In traditional publishing, the authors will not spend any money as the publisher will be responsible for everything. They will provide some advance payments on your book. Meanwhile, self-publishing will be required to spend for everything. It includes book editing, book design, and book marketing.
3. Self-publishing can be marketed speedily. Traditional publishing has slow market growth.
Self-publishing can be marketed within approximately six(6) months for traditional publishing; it can take up to two years. So why does traditional publishing take so slow? Well, traditional book publishing mostly operates on seasons. They have sets of schedules (launching of the book, sales conference, and catalogs) when a specific book will be finalized.
They also take time in marketing your book for the launch date to be successful. Those who have heard or read about the marketing will seek the book out. Marketing in self-publishing is an ongoing process. As self-publishers finish publishing the author’s book, they will continuously market it to various mediums.
4. Traditional publishing doesn’t require the author to look for professionals, unlike self-publishing you need to hire professionals.
As traditional publishing will be responsible for the overall publishing of the book, the author will no longer be in need to search for professional editors, designers, and marketers. It is the polar opposite of what authors needed to do if they opt to choose to self-publish their book. The good side of having the authors look for professionals is that they can have a voice on how the book will turn into. They can wish to make changes in the book design, layout, and more.
5. Self-publishing gives overall freedom to authors. In traditional publishing, the authors have no creative control and marketing control.
The authors have overall control over their book if they wish to choose self-publishing. However, traditional publishing doesn’t give this privilege to authors. The authors themselves have no control over the publishing process of their books.
6. Getting accepted in traditional publishing is hard. Self-publishing is easier.
Getting an author approved in traditional publishing is cutthroat competition. It isn’t easy to do so as they need to see if the book you are writing has value (content/message, marketable, etc.). There is so much to be considered by the publishers.
7. Traditional publishing has higher scope in terms of media coverage.
As traditional publishers have a higher scope, getting your book started will not be too hard unlike for self-publishing that consistency in marketing is highly essential. Traditional publishers ensure bookstore placement for the authors.
Whatever you prefer, choose the one that you highly like. Identify which suits you best. Telling you what to choose is not an appropriate thing to do. Regardless of the two, both have their gains and drawbacks.
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