Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

There are many similarities and differences between self publishing and traditional publishing. Before deciding which option is right for you, you need to understand the two types of publishing. Here is some information to get you started.

What Both Offer

The outcome of both types of publishing is the same: your book is published. Therefore, there are some services offered by both traditional publishing companies and self publishing companies. These services include:

  • wholesale distribution
  • automatic online listings with top online sellers
  • marketing support to help you sell your book
  • book orders are filled for you

What is Different

While the outcome is the same, the process is very different. For starters, authors who decide to publish with a traditional company must find an agent or submit query letters directly to publishers. This process can be daunting and discouraging since authors get more rejection letters than acceptance letters. Self-published authors must research companies prior to publishing, but they don’t have to worry about agents and editors determining the value of their book. They determine the value of their book.

Another main difference is the control. You determine the content, layout and price of your book. With this freedom, comes the responsibility to thoroughly review the galley proofs provided by your self publishing company. You will need to review the text and layout of the proofs.

When choosing a self publishing company, be sure to do your research. Find out what services the company offers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to talk to other authors to find out their experiences. Be sure to find a company, whether traditional or self publishing, that matches your goals and values.

Cheri Breeding ABOUT CHERI BREEDING: Since 2005 Cheri Breeding has been working as the Director of Production for Outskirts Press. In that time, she has been an instrumental component of every aspect of the Production Department, performing the roles of an Author Representative, Book Designer, Customer Service Representative, Title Production Supervisor, Production Manager and, Director of Production. She brings all that experience and knowledge, along with an unparalleled customer-service focus, to help self-publishing authors reach high-quality book publication more efficiently, professionally, and affordably.

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