Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors

May 27, 2010

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Filed under: Publishing — themathlady @ 7:01 pm

Writing the book was the easy part of the journey. It is actually fun to just write and express myself. The publication aspect is a totally different animal. I had to determine the best publishing vehicle for me.

I always thought of myself as a non-conformist who likes to do things my own way. Like most people, I do not like rejection. The thought of shopping my book around to main stream publishers did not appeal to me. Furthermore, I did not have the time for this task.

Although the large publishing houses have the distribution muscle to put your book in front of the masses that the average person does not have, I wanted the freedom to write what I knew my audience needed without pressure to change one word of my book. My target audience is the parents and children that I tutor.

As a self-published author you own the right to produce other materials such as subsequent editions, CDs, and DVDs based on your book’s content.

Here is a video that I produced for the Small Business Camp for Teens earlier this month.

You also have the opportunity to broaden your influence globally by conducting speaking engagements. Now that you have written a book, you are considered as an authority in your area of expertise.

There are tradeoffs to using the self-publishing approach rather than the traditional publishing approach. Traditional publishers assume the responsibility for distributing your book and offer advances. The downside is that traditional publishers have some level of creative control over the content, cover layout, etc. They are focused on a specific targeted demographic that they consider will buy a book with your content.

The author keeps between 7-15% of the profit from each book sold with traditional publishing. With self-publishing, the author keeps anywhere from 40-60% of the profit from each book.

If you decide to use self-publishing, the responsibility is all yours to publish, to promote, and to make your book as appealing as possible.

Are there any self-published or traditionally published authors who would like to weigh in on this conversation? We would love to hear from you.

The Math Lady

1 Comment »

  1. I would just like to say first that I truly enjoyed your Small Business Summer Camp video on YouTube. The information provide, discussed could be understood and applied no matter the age, educational background of the one viewing the video. I truly thought it was put together and brought forth with the thrill, energy, and compassion of one who knows what they are discussing, moreso love the material being discussed.

    Self publishing is the direction I have chosen to take to introduce to the world the creativity, communication of electrifying, spine-tingling contemporary romance novels I enjoyed writing.
    I sent two of my novels off to a publisher and from the time span it took for the rejecting notice to be received, lead me to believe my stories were not even look at. If anything it took them longer to reach the publisher than it did to receive a rejection notice. A rejection notice which was faded, unprofessional for the toner on the printer needed to be changed. And this was supposed to have been a top rated publisher.

    Right then, I decided to seek self publishing due to the lack of respect my work, I was given.
    True, the task I have had to take on is more demanding requiring me to drive many vehicles at one time to make sure everything falls in place. I have times when I’m up and some down for I have to make sure my finances is in order before I move to another stage. But during the down times, truthfully, I have come up with some very creative, electrifying new novels based on my difficulties I was able to turn into a romantic chronicle.

    Self publishing has enabled me to meet people, network with people, and keep full control of my writing. It has also advanced my knowledge of being an entrepreneur, lots of patient and faith, but moreso tones of belief in my ability no matter who says they are not interested in my work.

    Comment by Wilson Carter — May 30, 2010 @ 3:26 am | Reply

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