Usually, you can opt to publish a book through either traditional publishing or self-publishing. In traditional publishing, a publisher organizes editing, marketing, proofreading, distribution, and design. 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. The distinguishing factor between the two is who manages your book. While the two methods offer advantages, the sole determinant of the model to use is the writer. Here are the aspects of self-publishing vs traditional editing.
In traditional publishing, instant picking of a publishing house gets you instant credibility boost. The publishers focus their time and professionalism towards your book in making amendments leading to standing out of your book. 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. Because of the many poor writers in the market, publication of their books have a negative effect on the image of every self-published book. 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, you do not pay for initials and you also receive an advance payment after you enter into an agreement. Expenditures on designing, typesetting, editing, distribution and designing are financed by the publishers. A number of publishers also finances some marketing costs for your book. In self-publishing, authors finance the initial cost of their books. Choosing a publisher of high quality can even hike the prices further.
Choosing a traditional publisher gets you an advance payment which is topped up after you finish the 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, you keep the entire profits.
In traditional publishing, you can go for many months without finding a publisher. After getting a publisher, the process of traditional publishing takes about 2-3 years to see your books available for sale. Self-publishing is done within minimal periods. 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. If you are working with freelancers, 3-6 months is the period it will take your book since draft to print.