Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Which is Better?

These days, book authors have a lot of choices if they want to publish their book. Besides traditional publishing, self-publishing is being widely embraced and is getting more popular.  There were reports that many publishing companies have reduced the number of books they published. Book Publishing Australia can assist you to self publish your new book with ease.

In a post at back in April 2010, 76% of all the books released in 2009 were said to have been self-published. But before you jump to any conclusion, you should understand first the difference between the two and know their advantages and disadvantages.

Traditional publishing

In traditional publishing, authors submit a proposal (manuscript for fiction writers) and query letter to a publishing house (through an agent) requesting their book to be published.  The editor either accepts or denies the request. If it is approved, the publishing house then does everything, from book designing, printing, storing, marketing, and distributing the book. You will receive a payment for the rights and advances on future royalties.


On the other hand, a book author who enters into self-publishing automatically becomes the publisher. He or she is solely responsible for all the tasks, including proofreading, marketing and distribution of the book. In short, you need to shoulder all these expenses. Nonetheless, some Print-on-demand (POD) publishers can help self-publishing authors reduce the cost because books are only printed depending on the orders.

Pros of Traditional Publishing

  • More exposure and wider distribution
  • Easier to get reviews
  • You are most likely to receive an advance pay
  • More powerful in terms of marketing (especially huge publishers)
  • Higher potential of an international release
  • You have more free time

Cons of Traditional Publishing

  • A lengthier time before your book will be published
  • You might not earn royalties if your book is
  • Advance payment usually takes two years
  • You don’t have full control of your book
  • Lower royalties rates (generally up to 25% only)

Pros of Self-Publishing

  • Faster time table
  • You have complete control of your book
  • Higher royalty rates
  • You can receive monthly payments

Cons of Self-Publishing

  • Less exposure
  • Higher fees for proofreaders and editors
  • The lower potential of getting sales
  • Prone to release with a lot of errors
  • You need to be good at marketing

Deciding which one is better for you will depend on your goal and budget.  Some known writers choose to use them both for different books.  But if your target market is not huge, self-publishing is better for you.  You should not also underestimate the power of the Internet.  If you can manage your time well, you can quickly learn how to market your book online without the help of traditional publishers.

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