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Q & A: Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, Both?

Word Café

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Mountain of Authors, a wonderful annual event in Scale&BalanceColorado Springs. It featured the work of more than 30 Colorado authors and included advice from NYT bestseller Stephen Coonts, Colorado Book Award winner Nick Arvin, and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award winner Kathleen Morgan. I got to sit on a Q&A panel about publishing perspectives with Judith Briles, founder of Author U, and Marilyn Largent, VP of sales at David C. Cook. There were a lot of great questions—the kind I think many authors are asking about the changing world of publishing, so I thought I’d share some of them here.

What can writers learn from the phenomenal success of E. L. James’ originally self published book, Fifty Shades of Grey?

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Children’s Book Publishing: Benefits of Self-Publishing

Benefits of Self-Publishing

Retain Full Rights to Your Book

Your manuscript is your sole possession. By self-publishing your children’s book with us, you retain 100% rights to your work even long after completing publication. You are free to pursue other publishing houses or sell your rights to any entity as these are well within your rights as a self-published author.

Quick Turnaround Times

Traditional publishing revolves around an18-month cycle or even more. Whereas self-publishing your children’s book only takes about two months from the time that you have completely submitted the manuscript and image requirements.

Print As You Please

Print-On-Demand technology relieves the pressure among authors to print large quantities of books that may not work for them yet. You may choose to print as many as 1,500 or as few as one.

Remain In-Print, Forever

Because your book does not need to be physically inside bookstores, and there are no restrictions as to print order volumes, you can ensure your books remains in stock, ready-to-ship and never goes out of print-in perpetuity.

Full Control of the Creative Process

As the main proponent of your own book, you have complete control of your book’s creative direction. Our editors, designers and consultants will only assist you to achieve the results you envision.

Ability to Test Your Market

Self-publishing allows you to test the market and measure how responsive are the niches you intend to tap prior to committing a full-scale investment.

Ability to Zero-In on Specific Niches

Your intended readers may not be as big as those that most publishing houses will comfortably invest on. However, profitability is not entirely about reaching the largest target demographic. Your children’s book may have a latent market waiting for your book and self-publishing can provide you with means to do it.

Leave A Legacy

Some famous children’s books were personal works of fiction intended for sharing with only family and friends, but through their sheer joy and universal affinity, they have been embraced by the rest of the world.

The Publication Process

With so many publishing options out there, it is easy to get lost in the maze of formats, illustration, cover and interior design formats prior in submitting your manuscript. However, not to worry, we have come up with a streamlined publishing process from pre to post publication. Our professional staff will be on hand to assist you with the process every step of the way. The process is outlined as follow:

  • Completing Your Manuscript
  • Choosing Your Package
  • Reviewing Your Electronic Layout
  • Releasing Your Children’s Book to the World!


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Self-publishing vs. Traditional publishing [Infographic]

Self-publishing vs. Traditional publishing infographic Ever thought you as an author are leaving so much money on the table?

Self-publishing vs. Traditional publishing infographic

This infographic was originally posted on America’s Press.


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Self-Publishing By The Numbers

Well done infographic about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.

Research your market, outline your book, section it into bite-size chunks, then work on it until it’s finished. It doesn’t have to be long, especially if it’s cheap. Check out Seth Godin’s books for an example of short and sweet. Just make sure your book delivers value on every page.

Once your feet are wet from your first eBook, you can finally get around to writing the novel you’ve been dreaming about!

Self-Publishing By The Numbers

Infographic by: Website

Though I’m a creative type, I’m also pretty obsessed with numbers and charts, so I found this to be a really interesting breakdown of self publishing vs. traditional.

If you just scan the article, it will probably seem like e-books and self-publishing are no brainers. You receive a larger portion of the profits, there’s no printing costs, and the risk is significantly lower. But there are a few key points here that may be overlooked:

  1. In the self-publishing vs. traditional book deal section, it shows that you’d have to sell almost 3000 books before earning $10k (the average book advance). Most people think, “3000 books? No problem!” but this infographic clearly shows that the average sale of books is around 150. Though we hear plenty of self-publishing success stories, the reality is, on average, self-published books sell less than traditionally published books. If your goal is to reach as many readers as possible, especially as a first-time novelist, you’re better off with a traditional publisher.
  2. I was happy to see that this demonstrated the higher cost for print books. When you’re with a traditional publisher, they have the ability to print and warehouse bulk orders of books. The more books you order, the less each costs, so the overall profit is significantly higher. But as most self-published authors will tell you, it’s all about the e-books.
  3. The e-book case study demonstrates some very appealing numbers. Who wouldn’t want to earn $24k a month? But what the case study neglects to highlight is that J.A. Konrath had a strong online following as a traditionally published author prior to transitioning to self-pubbing. I don’t forsee a newbie author, unless they’re some sort of celebrity, generating these types of numbers.

Feel free to share your thoughts or ask any questions you may have. It’s a lot of data, but I think overall, very informative.


This infographic was originally posted on The Digital Writer.


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The pros and cons of traditional publishing and self-publishing

Ylva Publishing

After another of the lesbian fiction publishers is about to close down, the discussions on some Yahoo groups started anew: What is better for authors—traditional or self-publishing?

Well, we are a (not so) traditional publisher, but we tried to list the pros and cons that each option has for authors.


Advantages of traditional publishing

  • One of the biggest advantages of traditional publishing is that there are no up-front costs to the author. The publisher will pay for editing, layout, cover design, e-book conversion, printing, shipping, and marketing. There’s no financial risk involved for the author. With self-publishing, there’s no guarantee that you’ll even get back the money you invested.
  • If you join a publishing house, you’re not alone. There’s a team of experienced editors, graphic designers, proofreaders, and technical support staff, who help make your book the best it can be. Self-published writers have to do all the work…

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