There is one day in every author’s life when they desire to be published. That final word in your book has created a new world of it’s own. When I first looked at publishers I instantly became overwhelmed because there are so many things to bring into account.
First off there are two roads to journey forth on; traditional publishing or self publishing. Either way has its pros and cons. I’m here today to provide information to help you decide which path may be best for you.
Now self publishing may not be a physically laboring than it seems in the picture. However, you do have put some effort and work into publishing your own book. This takes someone that is more than committed to getting their book out into the world no matter what it takes. (Not saying that someone going the traditional route doesn’t have work. Each probably takes the equal amount of energy.) By taking on the task of self-publishing you are no longer just the author, you are the publisher. For some this may be the perfect task because you get to control almost everything that happens with your novel. This also may be a downfall for others because they do become the publisher and have to create literally everything for their novel. Though this could also be a shed of light because publishers don’t accept ever single piece of work that comes before them. Self-publishing a sure way to get your novel out there, no matter what idea you have.
Pros of Self Publishing
- Your book cannot be rejected by the publisher.
- You do not have to wait long for publication of your creation.
- You set your own prices and receive more royalties.
- You can create the cover and have more marketing control.
- You are your own boss.
Cons of Self Publishing
- You need to publicize your book.
- You may not have the same amount of sales on your book.
- Quality of self published novels usually are not up to the same standards as traditionally published. The quality of the books may be poor.
- Professional editing, formatting, and design for your cover costs money. Unless of course you can do all these things yourself.
- The odds can seem against you.
If you decide the self publishing route is right for you here are some helpful thinks that can give you some advice. Also below are some self publishing websites where you can get your book on the market.
Create Space Self Publishing: https://www.createspace.com/
Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon): https://kdp.amazon.com/
Lulu Self Publishing: https://www.lulu.com/
Help with Self Publishing: https://www.cnet.com/news/self-publishing-a-book-25-things-you-need-to-know/
Writer’s Digest About Self Publishing: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-pros-and-cons-of-self-publishing-traditional-publishing
Pros and Cons of Self Publishing: http://www.businessknowhow.com/startup/self-publishing.htm
Traditional publishing seems to be one of the trickiest roads ahead for a writer, but pays off in the long run. With hard work and determination, not to mention all those rejection letters, your book could be on the shelves. In this type of publishing they do a good portion of the work. Even though you still need to market it bit, if your book is coming from a big publishing house it gives you a wider spectrum to work with. Plus, just imagine that letter of exception! If you decide to journey down this route just remember there is a lot more heartbreak but in the end, it can be completely worth the drama. Also, when you enter into the world of traditional publishing you will need a guide, or a representative. This is where a literary agent comes in. Their job is to represent your book, and they are driven to do well because they make around 2% of whatever profit you make. If you are counting on your book becoming a success you probably shouldn’t worry about that 2% though.
Pros of Traditional Publishing
- You would have a larger advanced payment.
- The cash flow may more consistent.
- Mass marketing is easier because the exposure created for you is main stream (Even though you will still need to do a big portion yourself in promoting your book.)
- Provided editor, formatting, and cover creation.
Cons of Traditional Publishing
- Takes a very long time before publication.
- They have power over both cover and title.
- Royalties are paid to you twice a year.
- You are not involved with some of the decisions of your book.
- Low royalty rates.
- Very hard to join, very hard to get your book published.
- You need an agent to get the publisher’s attention.
If you think traditional publishing is the right route for you take a look at some links blow. Some have literary agents listed, the other can give you more information about traditional publishing.
Search for a Literary Agent: http://www.pw.org/literary_agents?perpage=*
Writer’s Digest Literary Agents: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/literary-agent
Creative Penn Pros of Traditional & Indie Publishing: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/self-publishing-vs-traditional/
Advantages of Traditional Publishing: http://penultimateword.com/book-marketing/the-advantages-of-traditional-publishing-over-self-publishing/
Hopefully these links have helped. Happy writing everyone.