Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

There are 4 reasons why self-publishing versus traditional publishing doesn’t matter

Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-PublishingAuthors often wonder if they should bypass finding a traditional publisher and just self-publish their books. It’s a weighty question with a plethora of answers. Each option possesses a list of pros and cons, warranting careful consideration, but today I’ll share four reasons why it doesn’t really matter. read more>>

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Can You Self-Publish Your Book For Free?

If we publish our book with a traditional publisher, there are no out-of-pocket expenses. The publisher even pays us an advance. Although it might not be much, at least we receive some money at the beginning of the publishing process.

This is not the case when we self-publish. When we act as our own publisher, there is no advance and there are expenses, which can add up quickly. We don’t earn any money until we can sell copies of our book. And that can take a while. read more>>

Six Downsides of Self-Publishing

In my post “Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish,” I listed several advantages of self-publishing. Although compelling, there are also downsides. Consider these six items:

1) Quality is Often Lacking: Traditional publishers put their books through several rounds of editing, to produce the best possible product. The temptation of self-publishing is to skip these steps. Even if a professional editor is hired, the chance of her or him catching everything a traditional publisher would in their multiple rounds of review is slim. But too often, authors self-edit or tap a friend who, although well-intended, lacks the needed experience. From a production standpoint, there’s no reason for substandard output anymore. But it’s too easy and too tempting to cut corners.

2) Credibility May be Illusive: Although self-publishing no longer carries the stigma it once did, some people still consider it a second rate option.

3) Self-Promotion is Required: Self-published authors are responsible for their own marketing, promotion, and sales.

4) The Author Must Become an Entrepreneur: Self-publishing is a business, requiring an investment of time, effort, and money – all with no promise of a return. It’s risky.

5) Limited Distribution: Although some distribution options are available, they don’t match the reach of a traditional publisher.

6) No Advances: Self-publishers must shell out money to publish; advances are not part of the equation.

Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish

Last week we looked at “5 Reasons Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher.” Now we’ll consider the opposing view.

Here are five reasons to self-publish.

1) Greater Control: Self-published authors enjoy more say over their work and the finished product. This can be good, or it can work against them, but either way they have more control, usually a lot more. read more>>

Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing

In my post “Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher,” I gave five advantages of traditional publishing. Although these reasons are compelling, there are also some downsides. Consider these five items:

1) It Takes Longer: Unless a book is “fast-tracked” it will typically take eighteen months to two years from contract to bookshelf. Smaller presses may be more nimble, as larger publishers seek to streamline their processes, but the bottom line is, traditional publishing takes a long time. read more>>

Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher

In “Why Self-publishing Versus Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing either one. The next four posts will consider some of these issues.

To start the discussion, here are five reasons why a writer should go with a traditional publisher:

1) Wider Distribution: Traditional publishers have distribution avenues that are effectively not available to self-published books. Sure, there are work-around solutions, but they’re limited and require much time and effort. Traditional publishers handle the distribution; easy peasy.

2) An Advance: Traditional publishers provide an advance. Self-publishers don’t. While the advances are getting smaller, they still exist.

3) More Prestige: An author of a traditionally published book earns greater respect and garners more esteem.

4) Higher Quality: Traditional publishers generally produce a higher quality product. There are more eyes looking at it to catch errors.

5) They Do the Heavy Lifting: What about e-books, hard cover and paperback, press releases, cover designs, ISBN and bar codes, back cover material and author photos? A traditional publisher handles all these items. There’s nothing for the author to master or worry about; traditional publishers make it happen.

Given all this, why would anyone want to self-publish? Next week, we’ll consider why.

What would you add to this list?

The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

Yesterday I attended a webinar that discussed self-publishing versus traditional publishing. I hoped to pick up some new points to ponder, but the hour-long class didn’t offer any fresh ideas. It seems I covered the considerations of the debate quite well in my four posts on the subject:

However, with any good educational experience, the words said often prompt other ideas beyond the speaker’s teaching. Such was the case with this webinar. read more>>

Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing

I’m not sure who said it first, but over the past several months many have averred that “traditional publishing is the new vanity publishing.”

As writers struggle with the quandary over self-publishing or traditional publishing, many cling to traditional publishing as the preferred solution merely because they see it as validating their work. In their mind, finding a traditional publisher is an endorsement from the corporate world, affirming their book’s viability and ensuring it’s quality. read more>>