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Find a Publisher, Co-Publish or Self-Publish: Which One to Choose?
Copyright 2000 Mary Embree
Every case is different and we all have to answer that question for ourselves but here are a few pros and cons to think about.
Being published by an established book publisher
- You may get an advance
- The publisher pays for printing, editing, promotion, distribution, etc.
- It may be considered more professional than a self-published book
- You lose control of the project
- You will earn less per book sold
- It will take between 18 months to 2 years to get the book out
- The publisher may promote and distribute the book
- Author and publisher share production costs
- You will get professional advice
- Youll give up some control
- You must share profits with the publisher
- There could be disagreements that are difficult to work out
Self-Publishing a Book the Traditional Way
- You will have total control
- All profits belong to you alone
- Once finished, you can get the book printed within one to two months
- You could realize a greater profit than any other way
- It can cost $3,000 and $10,000 or more to print 500 to 1,000 books
- Editing. Unless you can do it yourself, you must find a qualified editor
- Cover art, interior design, and typesetting must be done or paid for by you
- You must do all the promotion, distribution and sales
Self-Publishing Using Print-on-Demand
- Cost. Small numbers of the book can be printed costing $3 to $10 per book
- The book can be printed within a few days
- Also the same advantages as above
- Quality. Finding companies that do quality work on small print runs
- The cost per unit is higher when ordering small quantities
- The same disadvantages as above
Publishing as E-mail on the Internet
- There are no printing costs
- It can reach a wide market
- Getting paid by the reader
- Finding out how to reach a wide market
Publishing as an E-Book
For a detailed discussion of E-books, see the article by Virginia Lawrence.
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