On our page, What is Publishing, we identified
Self-publishing as one of the main publishing models of our time. Self
Publishing is the publication of any book by its author, without the assistance
or involvement of an established publisher. Here, the author handles everything
needed to get their work to print, i.e from manuscript to completion.
Here, the author controls the entire process in the self publishing efforts. These efforts include editing, formatting, cover design, price, marketing, promotion and distribution etc. The authors can do all these by themselves or they may outsource these tasks. The author bears all the costs of production but earns a higher share of the profits.
The self publishing landscape has changed considerably in the past decades with new technologies such as the internet and the huge market continues to change very fast. Self Publishing has become a great alternative to traditional publishing – a first choice for writers across the world. And because it has become very easy to publish your own work, compared to the old days, thousands of titles have flooded the markets, some very low quality and makes it difficult to differentiate which is good. No doubt, Self-publishers are not generally considered published authors. It’s arguable though that the fact that everyone publishes does not mean some self published authors fail to produce masterpieces.
Some self published books have become bestsellers, and thus challenges the criticism against self-published material.
It is often compared to the traditional publishing method and sometimes, Vanity Press. Although it has it's criticisms, self-publishing is becoming more and more popular because it gives authors the ability to have that creative control over their work. Books are easily published through this method and hence authors receive faster exposure. Authors also get better royalties and their books get a longer shelf life.
However, self published works have poor quality and value, as most are not well edited, or properly designed and have little or no marketing support. As such, these works are less acclaimed compared to those published using the traditional publishing method. Below are the advantages and disadvantages of self publishing.
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