What You Need to Know about Selfpublishing and Traditional Publishing.
If you are an author, you either can choose to self-publish your book, or hand it over to a traditional publisher. Each has its own pros and cons, as will be compared in this article.
If you choose a traditional publishing, you will have to complete a manuscript and write a proposal or query letter to a publishing house. One could also get an agent to handle such tasks. An editor goes through the manuscript to decide whether he will publish the work or reject it.
In case a publisher decides to publish someone’s work, it purchases it. The author gest royalty payments for the book based on the approximated sales. The publishing house then sets money to design the book package and prints as many books as it thinks it will sell. Marketing the book then commences.
Self publishing differentiates it from traditional publishing. Authors are required to proofread their work as they get the money needed to publish it. Authors are responsible for making book sales.
Sometimes back, an author had to determine the number of copies to print for sale. This could end up stacking so many unsold books. The point on demand technology today helps authors to have books printed when demanded. The author can, therefore, have a few printed copies, and print more quickly when the need arises.
Time is a crucial difference between traditional and self-publishing. In the traditional publishing, a manuscript could end up taking many years to become a book. An author might need to pitch the script to a number of publishing houses before it gets accepted. A big publishing house can end up talking up to half a year when working on piles. Once the book is accepted, the publisher could even take another year for successful publishing.
Self-publishing, on the other hand, does not take that long. A finished book can be published in a matter of days.
Money is the other issue. Traditional publishers pay authors upfront and publish the book later on. On the other hand, self-publishing will require you to pay money to the company you choose. Selfpublishing will also require you to handle all logistics and costs appertaining to design, printing, advertising, as well as distribution.
Control is the other difference between self and traditional publishing. A number of traditional publishing companies could fail to publish your book just because it has some controversies that the house does not stand for. Self-publishing will, on the other hand, give you full control of what you wean ruin your book, design, contents theme, and overall appearance. In addition, you will get a chance to determine the market you want to distribute your book when self-publishing.