Having your book published is one of the most worthwhile endeavors you can take up as a writer. Sadly though taking up the more common route can also be the most difficult. This is because the traditional way of publishing entails you to send your book to the many well established publishing houses out there, the problem though is the fact that it is quite difficult to break into the traditional publishing game. This is because traditional publishing houses are notoriously known for being picky with their books and you may have to wait months or even years to get your book chosen. Even worse there is also the fact that even when your book is chosen, you will still lose creative power over your own book. What’s more you will get a smaller percentage of your book’s full profits.
This is why having your book self-published is a great option. Self-publishing entails you to take a more unorthodox path and compels you to publish your book yourself. This may seem risky at first but in the long run you will see that it is the right choice. Here are some great reasons why you should have your book self-published.
- You have full control of the creative process
Unlike traditional publishing where you give up control of the creative aspects of your book, self-publishing gives you full control of It. You are given the chance to be your own boss and not have to agree with the suggestions of the editors. You can choose how your book will look like, how the manuscript is published and how the prose will sound. All in all having full control is the best way for you to reach your full potential as a writer. You are also given the chance to promote your book yourself and use any method that you would deem acceptable.
- You have full access to your work
One annoying part of having your book published traditionally is the fact that you don’t have full access to your book specs. At most they will only provide you with quarterly sales reports. But with Self-publishing you have full access to your work and how they are doing in the market.
- You no longer have to wait for your book to be printed
By having your book self-published you have the chance to have it printed as soon as possible. In direct contrast to Traditional publishing which takes a long time to print their books, having your book self-published makes the printing process a very efficient and exciting one. This is because you have the choice on when and how your book is printed. Even better with the emergence of the print on demand industry you have the option of having your book printed only when someone buys it. Thus you no longer need to have a number of your books printed and stockpiled.
- You get compensated more
Although self-publishing may costs you a bit at first, you can rest assured that you will be compensated quite well in the end. This is because unlike in traditional publishing where you get only a percentage of your book’s sales, with self-publishing you are given a larger percentage of your book sales. For example the usual publishing deals nowadays only gives 25% to authors. But you get around 70% if you take a self-publishing route.
- It is easier
Years ago self-publishing may not have seemed like a viable option because of the work it involved. But with the rise of self-publishing companies nowadays, self-publishing is so much easier. Self-publishing companies are literally like traditional publishing companies because they give you the same marketing services that a traditional publishing house can offer you. The only difference is the fact that you have full control of the publishing and promotion process. Although you are expected to pay for these publishing packages rest assured that you are given the best service possible.
Self-Publishing is a truly fast growing industry and a good number of authors are opting to take this route and publish their books themselves. Although it is not a perfect solution to your publishing needs it is still one of your best options to choose from.