Generally, one can choose to publish a book through a traditional publishing or self-publishing. In traditional publishing, publishers organize for editing, distribution, design, proofreading, and marketing. A publisher can approach you and requests that you author a book for them or you can approach the publisher and offer them your writing. Depending on the model and the situation you are in, you can get an advance as you continue working on the book. Self-publishing needs that you pay to get your book published. What differentiates the two is based on the book management. Both publishing methods have benefits to offer and the choice of which to apply solely depends on the writer. Here are the aspects of self-publishing vs traditional editing.
when you pick a publisher in traditional publishing, you access immediate credibility boost. The publishers put their time and expertise into a book and correct errors to be sure your book is worth. Because the audience is concerned about the quality and the content of a book, you attract many readers. There also exist literary prices specially made for traditionally published books and one can be complimented for their book. In self-publishing, everyone writes and publishes their book. Due to the high number of poor authors that are likely to publish bad books, this can negatively affect the reputation of all self-published books. Luckily, self-publishers that are doing well in the market continue to grow in number and the bad reputation of self-published books is getting diluted.
In traditional publishing, there are no initial costs and you are paid in advance after you sign a contract. Expenses of editing, typesetting, printing, distribution and designing costs are catered for by the publishers. Some publishers may also invest some marketing budget for your book. In self-publishing, authors finance the initial cost of their books. Depending on how qualified a publisher is, one may pay high amounts.
Making choice of a traditional publisher entitles you to advance payments that are added after one is done writing. When books are sold, you get certain amount royalties. However, you are only paid when the books sold to finance the amount you received in advance. In self-publishing, one keeps the whole amounts.
In traditional publishing, you can take many months to settle on a find a publisher. After finding a publisher, the process involved before books can be available for sale in traditional publishing is between 2 and 3 years. Self-publishing does not take much time. If you do it yourself, you only need to get your word document ready then you can access Amazon and upload the document within a few hours. Freelancers only need about 3-6 months to complete the process involved from drafting to printing your book.