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Traditional Vs Self-publishing – things you need to know

Traditional Vs Self-publishing

So, you have written a book and want to get it published? It is normal for you to feel nervous about making the wrong decision, especially if there are so many publishing options available.

To protect you from making a wrong decision and wasting a lot of time, we have given below information about two of the most popular publishing choices – traditional and self-publishing. Take a look.

A rundown of traditional publishing

You must all be aware of what is traditional publishing. It is where you finish your manuscript, send it to a traditional book publisher and eagerly wait for their response.

This response might take weeks or months to come by. You have to patiently wait.

If you get a response at all, there are chances that the editors of the publishing house will want to make massive changes to your manuscript to keep up with their target audience.

Also, your manuscript will be in competition with so many others!

This is where self-publishing has changed the game…

The publishing scene has changed and for the better.

The industry has embraced self publishing to traditional publishing, thanks to the development of online marketplaces like, eBay, Amazon and Flipkart.

With self publishing companies, you can publish and distribute your book everywhere, regardless of what the traditional companies think. Below given are a few reasons that make self-publishing a better choice than traditional publishing.

1. No need to wait for permissions

You have an idea or a story and want to share it with the world. You do not need anybody’s permission when you take the self-publishing route.

You decide how and when to publish your book, your audience and your success.

And never think that your book has no value because a traditional publisher rejected it. Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers!

2. Book can be published quickly

If you take your book to a traditional publisher, it would take years for your work to be published.

With self-publishing, your work can get published quickly. You can distribute it online or make physical copies and distribute it to bookstores.

It depends on how fast you want your book to be published.

3. The earnings are yours

Traditional publishers give the authors an upfront amount for publishing their books. However, once the sales is rolling in, the authors are only given a small amount.

But, with self-publishing, you can expect to get a much higher royalty for your work.

4. The creative concept is yours

Traditional publishers always try to edit too much and put too much of their own thoughts. This kills the creativity.

If you want to keep your creativity alive, self-publishing is the way to go.

In self-publishing companies, the editors, designers and everyone on the team will be cheering you on and giving your thoughts and ideas the priority. They will only check the grammar, spelling and the format.

Your originality will never be lost.

So, before you publish your book, decide what you want out of it. Keep in mind the above guide to self publishing and make your decision.

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