Self-publishing is when an publishes their work without a traditional book publisher, retaining control of all creative decisions, publishing costs, and royalty profits. Self-publishing has been around for centuries. But within the past few years, it’s evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry that empowers all writers to take control of their publishing dreams.
What’s the Difference Between Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing?
Many s find themselves weighing the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. While both offer many benefits, self-publishing lends itself to more creative control, as well as faster publication time and a higher percentage of royalties.
The Benefits of Self-Publishing
Publish Your Book on Your Terms
When you choose to self-publish your book, you have the independence to decide every step in your publishing journey, including:
- What type of editing your book deserves
- Your book type and format
- Your book cover and interior design
- Where your book is distributed
- How your book is promoted
Faster Publication Time
Self-publishing s can have their books published and for ready sale within weeks of completing their manuscript. Traditional publishing can take anywhere from 18-24 months to reach the marketplace.
Higher Royalty Payments
s that publish traditionally generally receive between 12-20% in book royalties, depending on whether your book is a paperback, hardcover, or an eBook. Self-published eBooks can earn between 60-70% in royalties. Printed books can earn up to 50% when sold directly to readers.
Self-publishing a book proves you have what it takes to become an on your own. Many s have used their success as an independent to gain the interest of traditional publishing houses.
What Types of s Use Self-publishing?
Self-publishing is right for anyone that wants to publish a book. This includes photographers and artists, chefs and cooks, entrepreneurs and business professionals, educators and field experts, public speakers, graphic novelists, and writers of all fiction and non-fiction genres.