What You Need to Know about Selfpublishing and Traditional Publishing.
If you are an author, you either can choose to self-publish your book, or hand it over to a traditional publisher. Each has its own pros and cons, as will be compared in this article.
In traditional publishing authors complete their manuscripts and write a proposal or query letter to a publishing house. The author could also have an agent to do this for them. The editor then reads are and determines whether the work is right for that house. He can either publish or reject it.
In case a publisher decides to publish someone’s work, it purchases it. The author is paid future royalties in advance. A publisher then gathers all resources to publish it. Marketing the book then commences.
Self publishing differentiates it from traditional publishing. As an author, you are needed to proofread your work and acquire the money required for publishing. An author, in this case, takes the responsibility of distributing the book, getting orders, and advertising it.
A self-publishing author was in the past needed to know the number of copies to sell. Books, as a result, ended up being excessively printed, and some remained unsold. Fortunately, a publisher can today use the print on demand technology to print books when they are actually needed. The author can, therefore, have a few printed copies, and print more quickly when the need arises.
Time is a big difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing. In the traditional publishing, a manuscript could end up taking many years to become a book. An author might need to pitch the script to a number of publishing houses before it gets accepted. A big publishing house might take a lot of time to publish a book. Once the book is accepted, the publisher could even take another year for successful publishing.
However, self-publishing does not take long. Once a book is finished, you can have it published in weeks or even days.
Money used is another distinguishing factor between self and traditional publishing. Traditional publishers pay authors upfront and publish the book later on. The difference is that when you are self-publishing, you will be required to pay the company you choose. You will handle all costs of design, printing, advertising, and distribution.
The other difference in regards to selfpublishing and traditional publishing is control. A number of traditional publishing companies could fail to publish your book just because it has some controversies that the house does not stand for. Self-Publishing, unlike traditional publishing, will give you the liberty to include everything you want in it, its theme, appearance, and content. You also will determine where you want the book distributed or marketed.