How to Publish a Book: Key Differences Between Publishing and Self Publishing

For many authors just starting out, it can be a confusing and overwhelming decision whether to self publish a book or to seek out a traditional publishing house. It is important to know that the decision you make can have a huge impact on the success, or the failure, of your book. There are many factors to consider, and the right decision is going to be different for every author and for every book.

Here are just a few key factors and publishing tips excerpted from Idea to Book to Success to help you make the decision of exactly how to publish a book:

Time:

When seeking a traditional publishing house to publish your book, you will soon discover that the book will be published according to the publisher's timeline. Publishing houses have a set production mandate and books are scheduled for publication far in advance. Often, books are signed on for publication one to three years before they are actually published.

When you self publish, the only timeline restricting the publication of your book is your own. You can take years to publish a book if you so choose. Or, if you work incredibly hard, you can have your book out on the market within months. You can take as much or as little time as you want or need to publish your book.

Control:

If you sign your book on with a publishing house, you must understand that it is now the publisher's book. As a new author you will likely be conceding to the wishes of the publisher when it comes to book title, design and cover. Also be aware that the responsibility of promoting and marketing the book will fall on your shoulders as well once the publisher has finished an initial, brief promotional push.

When you self publish a book, YOU are the publisher. This means you are solely responsible for coordinating the entire production of the book. You must find an editor, a designer, a distributor, a publicist, etc. When you self publish, you are forming your own publishing house and you are now in the business of publishing. You maintain all control and you publish the book the way you want to publish it.

Profit:

A publishing house signs books under the agreement of payment by advance and royalties. You will be paid a small sum of money up front as an advance on sales, and subsequently you will receive royalties once sales grow over and above your advance. Royalties are usually very small for new authors and are often as low as 5% of selling price.

Profit is definitely the biggest argument in favor of self publishing. If you self publish, the profits from your book sales are 100% yours. If you are willing to work hard to market and promote your book, you will reap the benefits of the sales. If you research carefully, plan properly and execute the right marketing strategy, there is no limit to the profit you can earn from your book sales.

As with any other business, you must properly research and plan to fully understand how to publish a book in order to be successful. If you publish the right way, the potential for success and profit is infinite.

© Copyright 2004 Ink Tree Ltd.

Ink Tree Ltd. helps authors publish, market and sell books. We have all the tools you need to succeed in book publishing. Let us help you make your book a success. http://www.inktreemarketing.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

The Journal News | LoHud.com

Fordham writing workshop helps vets communicate
The Journal News | LoHud.com
Mendez, a 28-year-old Wappingers Falls resident, is a relative newcomer to the Veterans Writing Workshop, a way for veterans to process and communicate their experiences through the written word. During her time in the Marine Corps, Mendez said, she ...


Ancient writing and new technology combine to give students a 21st-century experience
DePauw University
Ancient writing characters that date to the first century AD are being taught in a decidedly 21st-century technological programs developed by two DePauw students. Kanji characters were developed in China and then, since the fifth century AD, used in ...


Inside Higher Ed (blog)

In Writing, Prescriptions Are No Cure
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
In contrast, the instruction I received on writing, particularly in grade school and junior high was largely not prescriptive.[2] We spent much more time exploring a wide variety of genres, less worried about demonstrating specific proficiencies than ...


Air Force Link

National Museum USAF announces Ninth Annual Student Writing Competition
Air Force Link
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force holds an annual Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition, providing students the opportunity to develop positive academic and character qualities and to showcase their writing talents while vying for ...


The Atlantic

The Closest of All Possible Encounters
The Atlantic
But in a conversation for this series, Wray explained how it came to redefine his approach to writing, helping him to complete a book that posed profound creative challenges. We discussed what writers can learn from the strategies used to ward off ...


The Conversation UK

Bibliotherapy: how reading and writing have been healing trauma since World War I
The Conversation UK
Bibliotherapy – the idea that reading can have a beneficial effect on mental health – has undergone a resurgence. There is mounting clinical evidence that reading can, for example, help people overcome loneliness and social exclusion. One scheme in ...


TLV1 Podcasts

On Writing the Fantastic: Part 1
TLV1 Podcasts
Shimon Adaf and Lavie Tidhar's new book, Art & War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction, is a dialogue about their approach to writing the fantastic, writing about Israel and Palestine, about Judaism, about the Holocaust, about childhoods and ...


Bustle

Sharing Your Writing For The First Time Can Be Tough — Here's 11 Tips For Getting Through It
Bustle
There comes a time in every writer's life when they must do the unthinkable: allow someone else to read their writing. It happens to the best of us. Unless you are writing in a private diary, which you then plan to burn in a cleansing bonfire before ...


Forbes

The Amazing Ways Google And Grammarly Use Artificial Intelligence To Improve Your Writing
Forbes
While online editing tools such as Grammarly and grammar suggestions from Google Docs aren't foolproof, the artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that power them are successfully improving the way many of us write. In the process, it ...


Quartz

Karl Ove Knausgaard's surprising secret for curing writer's block
Quartz
Novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard doesn't struggle with writer's block. Obviously. The Norwegian author of the six-book autobiographical series My Struggle has become Norway's most translated novelist worldwide, inspiring shock and awe in strangers and ...

Google News

Get Published: The Nuts and Bolts of Good English, and How to Impress a Publisher (3)

A well-punctuated approach letter may make the difference between acceptance... Read More

Writers Turn to the Internet for Support, Friendship and Advice

Riding on the fumes of potential, you take pen to... Read More

Tell the World About You

You have a new website, or a new business, or... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

So you've decided to crown yourself with a title that... Read More

Have You Tested Your Plot?

Creative Writing Tips ?Our plotting stage is our testing area.Everything... Read More

How Can You Find Freelance Work As A Writer?

For those looking at the jobs listings for writers, they... Read More

Secrets Of Successful Authors

When the writing bug hits you, get out your pencil,... Read More

Writing for the Internet -- How To Give the Readers What They Want

In this article you will find tips on: How to... Read More

How To Self-Publish Your Own Books, Manuals, Reports Or Newsletters

You can make a lot of money by writing and... Read More

Ten Tips To Get Started Writing Your Book

You are far more likely to successfully write and publish... Read More

Have You Completed A Character Questionnaire?

Creative Writing Tips ?Complete a character questionnaire for each of... Read More

How To Become a Freelance Grant Writer

What is a freelance grant writer? These individuals have a... Read More

Writing as a Gift

What am I supposed to give Anthony as a wedding... Read More

To Outline Or Not To Outline

Ah, the age-old writer's debate--to outline or not to outline?Outlines... Read More

Idea Mining for Writers 101

Want to write an article or book, but are stuck... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #2: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Portsea, England, in1812. His father... Read More

The Myths Of Writing: Have You Bought Into These?

There is an image most people carry of the artist... Read More

Through the Eyes of an Artist

As writers, we initially tend to be either more cerebral... Read More

Idea-Mining for Writers, 102

As many authors are fond of stating, "Ideas are all... Read More

Top Ten Great Headline Ideas

What Makes a Great Headline?Headlines are far more important than... Read More

A Writers Personal Cheer Squad

We all need a cheer squad.We all need people to... Read More

How To Co-Publish For Profits!

The Benefits of Co-Publishing There are a number of publishers,... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Write Like a Pro Checklist

Sure you can write, but can you write crisp, compelling... Read More

Writing the Chapters of Your Life: Surprising Insights Using This Special Journaling Technique

List-making is a favorite journaling technique and is often used... Read More

Finding The Book Writing Resources, Tips, And Help You Need!

Writing can be more difficult that just compiling your thoughts... Read More