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Publishing Pros & Cons

Click here to Find out Traditional Publishing Pros and Cons. If you’re interested in Self Publishing, click here to find out pros and cons of Self Publishing.

Traditional Publishing Pros and Cons
For new authors, the traditional publishing process can take years to land a book publishing deal. Advances across the board are very modest at best for new authors. The pros and cons of going the traditional publishing route are below.

Traditional Publishing Pros

  1. There are no up front cost to the author. Authors get an advance that is split with the book agent who was able to get the author a book deal.
  2. The publisher makes the investment in paying for editing, design, printing, and distribution of the book, thus taking all the risk.
  3. Publishers have professional and experienced staff as well as freelancers to support book services.
  4. Traditional publishers will edit and improve an author’s book before it is published, making sure the best quality book is placed on bookshelves.
  5. Publisher handles administrative work (assigning ISBN #, Library of Congress #, Royalties, etc.)
  6. Initial print run may be in the thousands and authors are almost guaranteed shelf space in bookstores.
  7. Traditionally published authors are more likely to get reviews for their book.
  8. Authors of traditional publishers are more likely to have their books showcased at top events like Book Expo America.
  9. Most traditional publishers have an online bookstore with readership.
  10. Authors are more likely to get media appearances when backed by a traditional publisher.
  11. Traditional publishers are better suited to handle big print runs, and are experts in supply and demand.
  12. PR team for Publisher may help to setup author’s book tour.

Traditional Publishing Cons

  1. Most publishers require writers to have a book agent.
  2. It may take up to several book agents for an author to land a publishing deal.
  3. It may take up to several years for an author to get published after getting a publishing deal.
  4. Advances are modest for new authors who do not have an established following.
  5. Authors have to pay back their advances, usually through book sales.
  6. Since the publisher makes the investment in publishing the authors book, author royalties are usually very low for first time authors.
  7. Most Publishers control the editing, book design, and publishing process.
  8. Authors may be signing away digital, audio, and foreign rights in publishing contracts.
  9. Publishing contracts may last up to 2 years or more.
  10. Marketing is often the authors responsibility, as stated in most contracts, and proven in lack of author and/book advertising done on behalf of publishers.
  11. Readers do not have allegiance to any publisher as publishers do not brand themselves.
  12. If an author’s book doesn’t sell well after the initial launch, there will be no second print run and the author’s books will be removed from bookshelves within months.
  13. Bookstores are able to buy books from publishers and return them at full discount.
  14. Publishers may take books out of print whenever they want to.
  15. An author’s first published book leaves a lasting impression on his/her career. If an author’s book sales are bad, most publishers are less inclined to give an Author another book deal.

Self Publishing Pros and Cons
With self publishing, authors don’t have to worry about their books falling through the cracks, everyone and anyone can pay to get published. Understand that self publishing is an investment, and should be researched thoroughly before rendering the services of any self publisher. Author’s should also consider having a lawyer review their self publishing contract to avoid costly pitfalls. The pros and cons of self publishing are below.

Self Publishing Pros

  1. Authors get published quickly, often within weeks, on their terms.
  2. Authors publish direct to consumer.
  3. Easily test the market by publishing an ebook.
  4. Authors have more control over the publishing process (varies depending on the self publisher).
  5. To self publish, authors do not need to seek out the services of a book agent.
  6. Self Publishers offer Publishing Packages that fit the needs of different types of writers.
  7. Most Self Publishers handle administrative work (assigning ISBN #, Library of Congress #, Royalties, etc.)
  8. Best fit for niche writers who know their market.
  9. Authors are eligible to claim business expenses when they truly self publish. There are only several self publishers that offer this option, Author Agency is one of them.
  10. Self Published authors are eligible to sign book deals from traditional publishers.
  11. Self Publishing is an excellent way for an author to build his/her platform and readership.

Self Publishing Cons

  1. Authors receive no advances when self publishing.
  2. Authors pay up front cost and take all the risk when self publishing.
  3. Books are usually not edited before publishing, providing for a bad experience for readers, and a negative stigma towards self published books.
  4. Book covers look amateurish in design.
  5. Although an author’s self published book is eligible to be stocked in bookstores, it most likely will not be unless the author has a big print run.
  6. Most self publishers are not up front with their business model. Authors may be unknowingly signing away rights to their books for a number of years.
  7. In most cases, the ISBN for the book belongs to the self publishing company, not the author, meaning the author loses some rights to his/her book.
  8. If an author’s book sells well, and a traditional publisher wants to publish it, the traditional publisher will have to buy out the author’s contract from the self publisher. With Author Agency, the author owns the ISBN and contracts specifically state that the author is the publisher of record.
  9. Depending on the self publisher, authors may have to pay to take their book out of print.
  10. Book publishing Packages can be expensive, over $1000 for a quality package. Most packages don’t have any significant marketing services. Most of Author Agency’s self publishing packages have marketing services.
  11. Marketing is often the authors responsibility.
  12. Most self publishers take a good percentage of royalties.
  13. Authors have to pay to get their books printed, whether from individual purchases or print runs.
  14. Self publishers have more than a 20% markup fee for printing books. With Author Agency, authors may buy books directly from the printer, getting deep discounts on volume purchases.
  15. Authors may have to raise the retail price of their book to make a decent profit. This is why a significant amount of self published books cost $15 and up. For a first time author that has no following or established readership, a high priced book from an unknown author will hurt sales and any chances of success.
  16. Some self publishers charge "processing fees" and other fees after the authors book is published. If such fees are not paid by the author, the self publisher will retain the rights to the authors book until all fees are paid in full.
  17. Very difficult to get great media coverage and reviews when not backed by a major publisher.

As you can see, the pros and cons between traditional publishing and self publishing are almost equal. There is no right or wrong way to get published. Our experts can help guide you through your publishing journey. Our methods have helped to streamline and improve both the traditional publishing process and self publishing process so that authors, book agents, publishers, and readers can benefit from our efforts. Simply submit your manuscript and our publishing professionals will assist you in exploring all the options to get your book successfully published .

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