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:
- Higher royalties
- More affordable
- You can publish quickly
- You have more freedom to choose How you want your book to be distributed and marketed
- You don’t have to wait for a publishing company to accept your manuscript
Cons Of Self-Publishing:
- Your book, while it will be sold by bookstores online, it won’t see the inside of a bookstore
- There is very little chance it will ever be in a library
- You will lack the professional help you would get with a publishing house
- 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:
- If you publish through a well-known and respected publisher, your book has more credibility
- You can get professional help on your book (marketing, graphic design, and editing)
- Your book will be sold in stores worldwide and might even find itself in a library or two
- Your book has a better chance of being well-known
Cons of Traditional Publishing:
- Less percentage of royalies
- More costly
- 1% of actually getting your book published by a credible publisher
- The time it takes to get your book published can take from a few months up to years.
- 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!