What are your publishing options? Here’s a short list!

3As a writer your end goal will always be to publish your very own book. True you may dabble in writing articles and blogging for a bit, but the ultimate attainment for many writers has always been to have a book of their very own. This is not only for financial reasons but also a form of legacy for most writers. This is why a great number of writers take the publishing process very seriously. And if you are a writer, and whether you are writing a poetry book, Christian book, Children’s book or any type of book. There are few things that are as important as to find the book publishing option that will work for you. Here are some great publishing options to choose from.

  • Traditional publishing

This form of book publishing is the oldest and most common form. And it is by far the most traditional, hence the name. It entails the author to sign up with an established publishing house in order to the work published. In the process the author will have his or her book printed, and marketed by the company.in exchange the company will have joint ownership of rights to the book, depending on negotiations of course.

Pros: Traditional publishing is by far the most common and well known of all forms of publishing. This is the type of publishing most authors go for because traditional publishers are some of the most well established publishing companies in the world. Many traditional publishers are known throughout the world and they boast great connections and the financial backing that will make the publishing process a breeze. The book will usually get top of the line services that will help it reach its full potential and the marketing that will assuredly help its sales.

Cons: As great as traditional publishing may sound it still has certain disadvantages that may not go well with other writers. One example is that traditional publishing houses typically have high standards and the cut off rate for their books is much higher. Which makes it so much more difficult to sign up with a traditional publishing house. There is also the fact that authors will have to give up a percentage of their rights and royalties to the company, because the company is the one paying for most of the publishing and book promotion expenses.  Because of this you will not receive full royalties for your book, and you will lose a good amount of your creative rights to your own book.

  • Self-publishing

Self-publishing is a comparatively new way of publishing compared to traditional publishing. With traditional publishing writers are given all the help that they need. But self-published authors do not really have this luxury. Self-published authors are expected to do most of the work themselves and pay for the book’s printing and promotion.

Pros: Self-publishing is a virtually new concept compared to traditional publishing. Which means that self-publishing has many more ways to grow. It is a by far more multifaceted than traditional publishing. Self-published authors have more options on how they print and sell their books. Self-publishing also gives writers the chance to have full rights to their books.

Cons: As it was stated earlier, self-publishing means that the author will have to do everything for themselves. This includes editing, creating the book cover and printing the book. Not to mention promoting and marketing the book. All this will take a great deal of work and funding. So as great and effective self-publishing can be it is not for the faint of heart.

Hybrid publishing

This form of publishing has characteristics from both self-publishing and traditional. Its main characteristic though is that it generally offers authors some level of in-house editorial expertise and distribution support. It also takes a share from the profits.

Pros: It is at a middle ground between traditional and self-publishing. That means it has some of the strengths that each form of publishing has. This makes this type of publishing a very versatile way to publish a book.

Cons: Hybrid publishing’s greatest strength is its versatility. But it can also be its biggest weakness.  It lacks some of the key traits of both self-publishing and traditional publishing. This makes hybrid a limited form of publishing and may come up short in the long run.

Vanity Publishing

This form of publishing is somewhat similar to self-publishing. Some would even say that it is another form of self-publishing. Vanity publishing is similar to self-publishing because the publishing process is done without the help of a traditional publishing house. Instead the publishing is done by an self-publishing company that publishes the book for a fee.

Pros: This form of publishing is usually used by authors who have difficulty getting a publishing deal with a traditional publishing house. Thus they would rather work with a self-publishing company that will publish their books for a fee.

Cons: This type of publishing is good for authors who want to make a polished book to share with family and friends. But if you want to make money off your book then it is better to steer clear of this type of publishing because there is no guarantee that your work will sell and the fees can be quite high.

All in all though the main factor in your book’s success is the quality of your own writing. You may have the finest publishing house working on your book, but if the writing is subpar then there is very little chance of success. Which is why your main focus should always be the quality of your writing.


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