Self-publishing Advantages – Fill in the Blank…

I sat down today to a quick brainstorm outlining the advantages of partnering with a top notch custom self-publisher, but came up just shy of double digits. Help!

Self-publishing Advantages top 10 list:

1 – Authors are required one-time only upfront investment…

2 – Authors only have to purchase books they know will sell…

3 – Authors have the control to set their own book profit or royalty percentages…

4 – Authors set their custom wholesale book pricing…

5 – Authors set their book’s retail price…

6 – Authors can work with a design team on their unique custom book cover…

7 – Authors are in control of the editing and proof process, publishing nothing they don’t expressly approve…

8 – Books don’t see print caps and never go out of print…

9 – Authors keep exclusive rights to their work

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– Karl



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3 thoughts on “Self-publishing Advantages – Fill in the Blank…

  1. How about this one..

    10 – Authors feel more accomplished once the process is completed

    That is to say that they are motivated enough to begin and end the process. To me, this is a big difference between having a manuscript accepted and ‘published’ than going through the self-publishing process and getting their hands dirty every step of the way. Some may think of this as a disadvantage (too much work, not enough time or experience) but for others, this allows authors to feel extremely proud and accomplished for all the work they’ve done to get their own work in print, which is an invaluable aspect to self-publishing.

    This was a great post, and we will post it to our site for others to see. Thanks Karl!

    -Rachael Gootnick
    Project Lead, Open Publishing Guide (http://opg.cias.rit.edu)

    1. Thank you Ruth and Rachel. This point is significant and one many of us are familiar with. I spent a year and a half in a traditional book contract only to have pulled the plug last May due to creative differences and editorial limitations. The parting was amicable on all accounts, but unfortunately, the publisher retained rights the concept, title, and a large part of the material I worked hard to produce.

      I could have stuck it out and published the book with them. But in the end the idea of seeing my name on the cover of that book was fairly disquieting. The stuff in between did not feel like it was mine. Lesson learned – Do as I say; don’t do as I do 😉

      – Karl

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