The world of publishing is continually changing and advancing and while there was a time when self-publishing was frowned upon, that has all changed. If you’re wondering whether self-publishing could be for you, today’s links should help. It’s not something you should rush into though and you should be aware that there is a lot of hard work involved. When you self-publish your work, you essential become your own publishing company and you are responsible for everything. That includes writing the book, editing, proofing, cover design, and of course marketing. I hope the links I’ve selected below will help move you in the right direction.
- https://thewritelife.com/should-you-self-publish/ – Should Your Self-Publish Your Book? 5 Essential Questions to Help You Decide: This article lists five questions that you should ask yourself if you are considering self-publishing and offers a comparison between traditional and self-publishing to answer the questions. Questions include, how soon you want to release your book, how many people you’d like to reach, how much control you want, what you’d like to earn, and what your primary goal is. This is a really great article if you are considering self-publishing but aren’t sure.
- https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/740/self-publishing/considering-self-publishing/ – Traditional or Self-Publishing: Choosing the Right Route for You: This article is from the Writers & Artists website and it focuses on a number of elements. It’s an article written by Talli Roland traditionally published author turned self-published. She talks about what it takes to be a success and everything that you will be expected to do if you self-publish. She also talks about the difficulties associated with self-publishing such as not being able to get your books stocked in large bookshops.
- https://stevelaube.com/how-to-know-if-self-publishing-is-for-you/ – How to Know if Self-Publishing is for You: This article is an excellent choice if you are considering self-publishing. It lists three reasons not to self-publish and gives a little explanation about them before looking at good reason to self-publish. It is worth taking the time to read if you are still on the fence.
- https://self-publishingschool.com/publishing-book-traditional-vs-self-publishing/ – Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: 2020 Deep Dive: This article was published in April of this year so it is very relevant and up to date. There is an analysis you can do by clicking on a link in the article to see which publishing option is the best for you. Be warned, this is a really long article so you might want to set aside some time to really digest it. It is broken down into 9 different sections which include self-publishing vs traditional publishing, is it better to self-publish or get a publisher, how much can you earn from self-publishing, will self-publishing hurt your chances of getting a traditional publisher, is it worth it to self-publish, and much more.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/self-publishing-vs-traditional-publishing/ – Is it Better to Self-Publish or Get a Publisher? An Author’s Guide: This is another 2020 but pre-covid so something things might have changed slightly. It is a longish read and looks at a number of different areas. The article starts by looking at what self-publishing is and what traditional publishing is. It then has a list of the pros for both of these options. This is followed by some facts. The facts look at money, creative control, publishing timeline, reader exposure, and literary prestige. There’s a lot to read but some very valuable information to be had.
- https://insights.bookbub.com/indie-vs-traditional-publishing-which-path-right-you/ – Indie vs Traditional Publishing: Which Path is Right for You? This article begins with a look and a breakdown of what traditional publishing is and why you should consider it. It talks about being paid before your book is released, being willing to wait years for your book to be published, and having access to media and awards. The next section looks at independent publishing and again lists reasons why you might want to pursue this option. The reasons include having control over all aspects of your writing career, being completely in charge, you want to maximise your royalties, you want to own all your book rights, and more.
- https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/353953 – Consider This Before Self-Publishing Your Book: This article is focuses on the non-fiction market and looks at all the things you need to consider before you opt for the self-publishing route. It covers things like professional cover design, copy editing, publication and distribution, and more.
- https://selfpublishing.com/self-publishing-vs-traditional-publishing/ – Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: The Pros & Cons [Full Analysis]: I’m finishing up this week with this excellent guide that covers everything you need to know about self-publishing vs traditional publishing. If you prefer not to read, you can click on the video and watch instead. This article is broken down into 7 different sections. There’s a history of publishing, defining self-publishing vs traditional publishing, pros and cons for both, the difference in cost between the two, researching self-publishing companies, the actual publishing process for both, and a frequently asked questions section. It is well worth taking a look at this article and all the graphics. There’s even a book royalty calculator that you can use.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all these links on deciding between self-publishing and traditional publishing and you now have a clear vision of how to proceed. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
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