SELF-PUBLISHING OR NOT

The editing, re-writing, and more editing, and re-writing is finally completed. Now, are you searching for an agent/publisher, or considering self-publishing?  Many up-and-coming authors have found success by self-publishing through one of several companies. However, before you decide, I suggest you research first as there are good and bad features with both.

The Good Features: Self-publishing service is usually fast. Distribution covers the United States, as well as many other countries.  Royalties offered may be higher than Traditional publishing.  On Demand printing is offered by some, thereby increasing sales. Some offer a free ISBN number, (required) and some may offer your book for sale on its’ Website. One offers free printing but requires it be the distributor.

The Not So Good Features: You, as author, are responsible for the entire expense of printing. Cover design, editing, formatting, converting to an e-format and changes to your manuscript will cost extra. You may also be responsible for copyright, an ISBN number, marketing and distribution. You may be required to grant exclusive publishing rights for years.

Considering Traditional Publishing?

Begin with researching to find an agent and/or publisher.  Writer’s Market, and Writers Digest, generally publishes agents looking for new authors.  Send a Query letter, indicating the category, a synopsis of your novel, the market audience your book is meant for, and a description of yourself. If accepted, publisher pays all costs for editing, printing, and distribution. It may take months before you see it in print. Agent receives commission out of your proceeds. Your royalties may not be as high. No need to copyright your book prior to publication. Publisher handles that on behalf of the author.

For more information” Check the booklets available online, giving you the pros and cons of Self-Publishing vs. Traditional publishing.

            NOTE: Won’t you share your experience and help other writers make a tough decision?

     Paula

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