Differences between Selfpublishing and Traditional Publishing.
If you are an author, you either can choose to self-publish your book, or hand it over to a traditional publisher. This article will compare the two methods of publishing.
In traditional publishing authors complete their manuscripts and write a proposal or query letter to a publishing house. You also can get an agent to carry out such tasks for you. An editor goes through the manuscript to decide whether he will publish the work or reject it.
Should a publishing house decide to publish the book, it buys it from the writer. The author gest royalty payments for the book based on the approximated sales. A publisher gets everything required to publish the book in place. Marketing the book then commences.
Self publishing differentiates it from traditional publishing. The author needs to proofread the final text and get the money required to publish the book. Authors are responsible for making book sales.
Sometimes back, an author had to determine the number of copies to print for sale. As a result, books ware printed in excess, having some remaining unsold. The point on demand technology today helps authors to have books printed when demanded. As a result, you could have a few copies printed and print more with time.
Time is a crucial difference between traditional and self-publishing. In the traditional publishing, a manuscript could end up taking many years to become a book. Someone can also end up pitching a book to a number of authors for any of them to agree to publish the book. Big publishing houses can take up to 6 months working on their piles. If a book is accepted, it then takes at least one more year producing the book more so if it is fiction related.
Self-publishing, on the other hand, does not take that long. A finished book can be published in a matter of days.
Money is the other issue. Traditional publishing pays the author money in advance and promotes the book later to sell. On the other hand, self-publishing will require you to pay money to the company you choose. Selfpublishing will, on the other hand, require you to cater for all costs including those of design printing, and advertising.
Control is the other difference between self and traditional publishing. Some traditional publishers could decline to publish a book based on its controversies. Self-publishing will, on the other hand, give you full control of what you wean ruin your book, design, contents theme, and overall appearance. You also will determine where you want the book distributed or marketed.