The last decade has seen a lot of changes in book publishing, which has been great news for authors. Self-publishing has empowered writers in new and exciting ways, even then, the door to the more traditional publishing methods are still pretty wide open, if you prefer to go that direction.
Self-publishing has picked up with the advent of the internet and smartphones. This is good news for authors who would not have had an opportunity to have their work published through the traditional publishing model.
In the past, Self-Publishing was considered vain, by both the mainstream publishers and readers. Such works were summarily dismissed as poor or shoddy without a glance at the work. However, Self-Publishing has since evolved with several possibilities for writers.
Benefits of Self-Publishing
1. Speed of publishing
Traditional publishing still takes a long time to get done. It could be a year or two before the book gets out to the market for the readers. This is because of the nature of the process to get publications out; they are rigorous. The time for the Self-Publishing process can be completed in as little as a few weeks. Thanks to the internet that has not only brought down the costs, but also the publishing speed.
The author has the creative control, book content, graphics, and editing. They set their timeline and work within a budget. Traditional publishing is more bureaucratic, and the author has little to no say in the process, from the point their manuscript is accepted.
There is nothing the author can do if for any reason they disagree on any matter. Self-publishing though permits total author control over the entire process. With electronic publications, the self-published author can and does retain full rights to their work.
3. No Unnecessary inventory of books you cannot sell
The beauty self-publishing offers is that your book can be sold online as an e-book. There is no need for inventory as the reader gets their eBook on their device of choice.
The Print on Demand (POD) concept has phased out the need to publish books in advance; cutting out shipping costs. POD means printing the number of books you need, even if it’s a single book.
4. Pricing control
You get to decide how little or how high your book costs. If the sales drop, you can quickly reduce the rate to encourage buyers. If it becomes a bestseller, well, you can equally hike the going rate.
The traditional model price is fixed, not by you the author but the publisher. It considers so many factors and little can be done about the pricing of the books. You as the author have no say in how the pricing was arrived at; an average of 5% to 15% on the high end.
5. Focus on your niche
Traditional publications focus on what they believe they can sell. They are limited contexts that they will take on, notwithstanding how good your work may be. As a self-publishing author, you can write literally about any subject of your choice.
This allows you to pick a niche and stick to it. You can make a series or just one book. It is open to your imagination.
6. Creative control
As a self-publisher, you are in control of the whole works. Any ideas that come in are yours to decide what goes and what doesn’t. You play the piper, so you call the tune -so to speak. All the way from the book content, the graphics to the cover page.
Traditional publishers are at liberty to alter the context of your work. They dictate how much money you will earn from the sale of the books.
Self-publishing is open access to this humongous marketplace.
You have no reason not to self-publish.
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