Self-publishing might come off as a risky alternative to using a traditional publisher, but depending on what your plans are for your book it might as a matter of fact be more beneficial than the latter option. The best way to determine whether or not this is the case for you is to review the pros and cons of self-publishing, weighing the benefits against the potential drawbacks. Read on for an overview of each side to it.
Most beneficial aspects of self-publishing relate to how you are not bound by a publishing contract. This means that you have complete control over the editing and design of the book, the timing of the release thereof and the option to use it for other purposes – such as e-books, website content and etcetera – whenever and however you want to. On top of this you will make more money per each book sold, as anything on top of what the printing of the book cost you in the first place go straight into your proverbial pocket. Finally you get paid more frequently than you would from a publishing company, and while this point might seem minor, it is nice to have more control over when you receive any profit you make on the selling of your books.
The disadvantages are fewer, but have potentially greater impact on how your book is received on the market. First of all you have to cover the financing of the printing and design of the book yourself. This is hardly a problem if you have the funds you need on hand. However if you do not, you might find it difficult to get hold of what you need to create a book that would be fit for commercial use. Either way you will have to invest a significant amount of money into your book, and that without access to the support services that traditional publishing companies provide. While this is exactly why you end up with full control of your works, you will have no professional help whatsoever with preparing the book for being published. Thus if the book does not sell well it is your fault alone, for which the only one who stands to lose money on it is yourself.
In short, you might want to consider self-publishing if you have an idea or a manuscript that you want to see in print. A company such as Bookpal, strike a happy medium between traditional book publishers and total self-publishing. To find out more about how the Bookpal team can help you get your ideas into print, click here now for your obligation f.r.e.e. self-publishing consultation.
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