An author always aspires to pen down his/her thoughts and transform it into a book. However, this aspiration has many hurdles in its path to destination. Basically, the publishing industry comprises varied midway affairs, i.e. the publisher, designer, marketing team, distributor, and PR. However, the authors are opting for the latest publishing methods these days, i.e. self publishing.
Basically, Self-publishing is better in comparison to the traditional mode of book publishing. It enables the authors or writers to publish their work without the involvement of the aforementioned middle persons. Unlike the traditional publishing method, the author controls the whole process starting from finalization of the content, designing the book, pricing, distribution and marketing,as well as its promotion. Either the authors perform these entire tasks themselves or they can hire the service providers to perform certain tasks. Compared to the traditional form of publishing, the author has to bear all the publishing costs, however he/she gains more profit through the self-publishing method.
Self-publishing offers some explicit benefits over the traditional publishing methods. Hence, the authors should think wisely before selecting the appropriate mode.
1. Speedy publication: The timeline of the self-publication can vary from few weeks to few months. E-book publishing is also an innovative self-publishing method, which takes few weeks to complete the publication process. However, the traditional publication method takes nearly one-two years to complete the total cycle of the publication process.
2.Author’s regulation:The self-publishing process is performed totally under the observation of the author of the book. He/she has the complete regulation on the in-duration processes comprising, content planning, text editing, publication-related decisions, and promotion as well as the marketing processes. The publishing-related decisions are related to the book formats, cover design, whether the POD (print-on-demand) service is required or not, etc. This POD is however a hassle-free process.
3. Author’s Copyright: The rights of publishing the book should be given to the author, however, the publisher get it transferred before taking up the publication work. In this manner, the author loses its required credibility. The self-publishing process helps in retaining the right of the authors. It is only transferred to the publisher in case of POD publications.
4. No Stacking of excess Books:The modern e-book publication methods and POD service has decreased the count of books that were stacked for years and years in the publisher’s stockroom. The later service allows the authors to print the books only when the readers have demanded for a printed book. In this manner, the unnecessary printing cost is saved.