Book publishing options are no longer a black and white decision but an array of grays
In past posts, I discussed the benefits of traditional publishing and the benefits of self-publishing, as well as the downsides of traditional publishing and the downsides of self-publishing.
Book publishing, however, does not exist as two sides of a coin, with traditional publishing (often called royalty publishing) on one side and self-publishing (once disparaged as vanity publishing) on the other. read more>>
A common part in many book proposals is a “competitive works” section. I recently researched this for one of my book proposals. What I saw enlightened me.
First were three books from traditional publishers. They gave me pause. I had to think a bit to determine how my book was different and how it would stand out. This challenged me, but it was a good exercise. Each book was impressive: an attractive cover, nice title, a great concept or theme where the content flowed nicely, and professional editing and formatting. However, I didn’t think about any of these qualities at first. I expected these characteristics. Since they met my expectations, I gave these traits no thought – until I looked at some self-published books. read more>>
In last week’s post, I talked about traditional publishing and vanity publishing (once the only two options), with hybrid publishing now filling the space between. Hybrid publishing is a combination of the two, with varying options.
Although hybrid publishing is a common term for this ever-evolving assortment of book publishing options, it’s also a descriptive name, with some book publishers opting for other labels. read more>>
Once upon a time, authors had two options to publish their books: a traditional publisher or a vanity publisher.
In today’s challenging economic environment, traditional publishers are risk adverse, making it harder for a new author to sign with them. A traditional publisher simply doesn’t want to take a chance on an unknown, unproven, untested author. This isn’t to say it never happens, just that it doesn’t happen as often as it once did. read more>>
A hybrid author is someone who uses both traditional publishing and self-publishing. Though the reasons for pursuing this dual approach are many, there are two base motivations: more sales or more income.
Generally, traditionally published books are better vetted, have higher quality, enjoy wider distribution, and produce more sales. read more>>