Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Publishing a Book: A Quick Examination of Self-Publishing and Publishing

Publishing a book is a must for any aspiring author, having an idea for a fiction or non-fiction book but aren't sure how to put that idea into print can be really difficult if you don't know where to start.

The possibilities and opportunities for writer's to share their thoughts in an Ebook or in paperback form are vast.  Whether you're looking for an agent or editor or just want to self-publish your book, it's all at your fingertips.  You need to decide what works best for you.

What is Traditional Publishing?

Authors are offered a contract by a traditional publishing house, they then take your book and sell it through various booksellers and retailers.  Essentially they buy the rights to publish your book and in turn pay you the royalties from the sales of your book.

Normally most writer's need to find an agent, to find an agent you must pinpoint the right category for your writing.  If you're a non-fiction writer you first need to submit a book proposal along with three sample chapters and a synopsis of each chapter.  A fiction writer must send in a completed manuscript.

After those things have been accomplished you're now required to write a query letter.  You send this letter to potential agents, you must mention in your letter the synopsis of your book, the chapter summary, the market your book is aimed at and a description about yourself.

What is Self-Publishing?

There are various ways to self-publish your book these include: print-on-demand, vanity, subsidy, and self-publishing.

(POD) Print-on-demand - Anyone willing to pay is published.  POD uses up-to-date printing technology to produce books at a cost effective price.  Books are published as individual orders come in.  This means the printer can adjust the book's supply to meet the reader's demand.  You make money from the royalties sold.

Extra costs such as editing, proofreading and marketing are payed for at an additional cost to the writer.  This way of publishing cuts back on space and any unsold copies.

Vanity publisher - Again this kind of publishing is available for anyone willing to pay for their book to be published.  Your books is bound and printed and you receive all the royalties from books sold.

Subsidy publisher - Not unlike the vanity the subsidy publisher contributes towards the editing, distribution, marketing and warehousing.  The publisher owns the book until they are sold and the author starts making royalties.

Self-publishing - The author must produce, market, store, and distribute.

So What's the Difference?

There is no expense to the author with traditional publishing that is all handed by the chosen company.

With self-publishing depending upon the publishing platform you choose you pay for all of the expenses.  The biggest advantage with self-publishing is that you're in the driving seat and you have full control over your book.

What to do next

If your dream is to have your book published, choose vanity publishing.

If you have a book of poetry, memoir or family history you want printing then POD is probably the best fit for your book.

If time isn't a problem then self-publishing is a good route to take, as this can often take up to 18 months to get your books into final production.

In the end its your decision!

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