Being a writer takes a great deal of thought and planning. This is especially true if you are thinking of publishing a book of your very own. One of the most important things you should decide on before you begin the writing process, is to find the right publishing option for you whether it be Traditional or Indie publishing. Each option has its own pros and cons and each one should be taken into consideration before you choose an option. What’s truly important is that you will be able to continue the publishing process once you have chosen an option. Here are some great publishing options to choose from.
- Traditional publishing
This form of publishing is by far the oldest and most widely used form of publishing. Having your manuscript published by a traditional publishing house entails that you sign up with a fully established publishing house that has been in the business and has the right connections to help you publish and market your book. But as great as this all sounds, be warned that there has been a slight decline in social relevance for traditional publishing
- Traditional publishing houses usually pays for the entire publishing and marketing process. This is quite advantageous because you won’t have to spend a cent of your own money to have your book published and marketed.
- The traditional publishing house usually does most of the marketing for your book. Your book will have a marketing team devoted to getting your book the publicity it needs.
- The book distribution process will usually be taken care of by the traditional publishing house.
- You will have an editor on hand to give you writing and copyediting advice.
- Traditional publishing houses are usually the most respected of the publishing forms.
- The publishing house gets a majority of rights to your book.
- Smaller royalty payments.
- Very difficult to get a publishing deal with well-known publishing companies.
- You will have to give up a majority of your creative rights to the publisher.
- It usually takes a long time for the company to publish your book.
- e-Book publishing
This is a totally new concept compared to traditional publishing because e-Book publishing is exclusively done in an e-book format and totally negates the need to have your book printed in book form. It is by far the easiest and most economically friendly way to publish your book.
- It is far more affordable and easier compared to its more traditional counterparts
- It can be distributed far easier compared to more traditional forms of publishing.
- You can release your book much faster
- It is a more unpredictable form of publishing.
- It is more difficult to market.
- Some markets will be harder to cater to, elderly people for example are difficult to reach.
- Your target market is somewhat more specific.
- Indie Publishing
Indie publishing is highly versatile and will give you a great deal of freedom compared to traditional publishing. Indie publishing is usually good for more free spirited authors who prefer to do things their own way. Indie publishing authors usually prefer to publish their books themselves because they want the freedom to be as creative as they can be with their work. But indie publishing can be quite difficult, especially if you are just starting out because you will have to find things out for yourself without the help of an editor or advisor.
- You will keep a majority of your rights to your book.
- You have full creative responsibility over your book.
- You will get full royalties for each book sold.
- The indie publishing process will be a whole lot faster.
- You will have to publish the book by yourself, which is far more costly compared to traditional publishing.
- It is a work intensive process
- It will take a lot of your time because you will have to do everything. From the publishing process to the marketing and distribution of your book.
- The start will be very difficult because you will be learning the ropes and have no experience with publishing.
Self-publishing is quite similar to indie publishing because self-published authors prefers to do the work by themselves. The only difference between the two is that indie authors prefer to do