The Pros And Cons Of Self Publishing
Every writer aspires to see their name in print but conventionally holding a copy of your own book in your hands has been, for the majority, just a dream. With advances in technology and book printing itself, aspiring writers have often decided to self publish a book to get their feet on the novelist’s ladder, but what are the pros and cons of self publishing?
For the most part, getting signed up by a large publishing house comes with a host of benefits. Who’s going to market your novel? The publishing company. Who’s going to ensure that project runs smoothly? They are. Who’s going to make sure the hard copies of your book hit the high street stores? The very same company. When you publish your own book the project management, logistics, and marketing, are all down to you.
Publishing companies often have access to contacts and connections that you may not meaning they will be able to get your book more attention than you may be able to so when self publishing. They also have experience with awards and may be able to get you additional publicity.
Lastly, publishing houses will often advance you money on your book deal meaning you get paid upfront whereas when you self publish a book, you may find you have to wait quite a while before you see the monetary benefits.
The first and very obvious advantage to self publishing as all aspiring writers will know, is that you don’t have to be signed to see your work of art read by others. It is not impossible, but it is incredibly difficult, to find a traditional publisher to accept your manuscript – especially if you are writing about a niche or controversial subject. Self publishing allows writers to stop waiting on the inevitable rejection letters and to put their creation directly into the public domain. Another advantage of this is that creative freedom is not stifled or dictated by the publisher. The writer retains the ability to choose the look and feel of the artwork that accompanies their writing. It is often an advantage to use self publishing book printers that have autonomy from your writing.
Advances in digital technology now mean that it is easier than ever to market your book across the world wide web. Whilst previously many years ago it was impossible to make a dent on an international scale, it is now possible to sell your work through online marketplaces or to send it for review to other countries – a fast and effective way of gaining publicity. Many start up authors offer free digital versions of their novels online to build up a following before publishing subsequent works.
It is much quicker to manage your own publication project than to wait on others to complete the process where organisation wide rules will dictate the speed at which your project is completed and as an extra added bonus – the percentage of the royalties you get to keep will be much higher than the route of traditional publishing.
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