Just a Little Dilemma

As a new writer who is trying to get her feet wet in the publishing world, there is still a lot I don’t know in regards to publishing a book. Therefore, I am going to make a list of the pros and cons of self-publishing ‘s. The pros and cons of publishing through a traditional publishing house. If anyone reads these and would like to correct them, or add anything, I’d love to hear your commets! 
Pros Of Self-Publishing:

  1. Higher royalties
  2. More affordable
  3. You can publish quickly
  4. You have more freedom to choose How you want your book to be distributed and marketed
  5. You don’t have to wait for a publishing company to accept your manuscript

Cons Of Self-Publishing:

  1. Your book, while it will be sold by bookstores online, it won’t see the inside of a bookstore
  2. There is very little chance it will ever be in a library
  3. You will lack the professional help you would get with a publishing house
  4. While you might make good money (if your book sells well), you also have a higher chance of flopping since you’re the one publishing your book and advertising for it, rather than a publishing company that’s invested in the book as much as you are.

Pros Of Traditional Publishing:

  1. If you publish through a well-known and respected publisher, your book has more credibility
  2. You can get professional help on your book  (marketing, graphic design, and editing) 
  3. Your book will be sold in stores worldwide and might even find itself in a library or two
  4. Your book has a better chance of being well-known

Cons of Traditional Publishing:

  1. Less percentage of royalies
  2. More costly
  3. 1% of actually getting your book published by a credible publisher
  4. The time it takes to get your book published can take from a few months up to years.
  5. It’s nearly impossible to get published by a reputable publishing company without a literary agent. 

    So, these are just some of the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Like I said before, feel free to comment. I’d love to learn more on the subject!


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