Self-publishing has not been very popular with writers in the past, but contrary to the implications of this fact there are plenty of benefits to it. Indeed, for many professional writers out there it is in all likelihood a much better option than regular publishing. This is mainly for the following reasons:
- You keep all the copyrights to your work. This essentially translates to the freedom to do what you want with your books, whereas with a traditional publisher you would have to sign a contract that stipulates that any commercial use of the book would have to go through them.
- The editing and design of the book is entirely up to you. With complete control over these aspects of your work, you do not have to worry about changes you would not approve of being made to the appearance or content thereof.
- You have complete control of the timeline of the project. This means first of all that you decide when the book is to be printed, thus effectively letting you fit the release of the book in with your own schedule instead of having to modify yours to a traditional publisher’s agenda. On top of that it is up to you to decide when or if your book is to be taken off print, whether permanently or temporarily so; as well as when or if you are to publish second or third editions of the works.
- You not only get paid more often, but you will also get a higher percentage of the profits that are made on the book. The first point regards how self-publishing usually pays off every quarter, whereas traditional publishers may forward your shares half yearly. The second part speaks for itself. True, chances are that you would sell more copies of your book with a traditional publisher, but on the other hand you will make a lot more money on each book that you sell with self-publishing. Thus self-publishing is actually more profitable if you manage to sell a great deal.
Taking the above into account, it is a good idea to self-publish your book if you are supported by a team of professionals who know and understand the pitfalls and challenges of self-publishing. 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 for your obligation free self-publishing consultation.
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