The Curious Contrariety: Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing

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Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing

“The creation of a new world or a new experience can be given birth by an imaginative mind and a soul filled with passion. As these innate elements are precariously guided by the unbounded writing process, the genesis of a share-worthy story commences.” You have a lot of options these days if you want to publish your book. From traditional publishing to self-publishing, authors are now given multiple opportunities to print and distribute their books. If you are on the verge of publishing your recently finished book, here are facts about traditional publishing and self-publishing companies.

Traditional Publishing

Traditional Publishing happens when a publisher offers a contract to the author. In turn, the publishing company extending the agreed terms will have the right to print, reproduce, and sell your book to different bookselling channels and other book retailers. For authors to land a contract traditionally, hiring a liaison who will market and endorse your book to traditional publishers has been practiced by most writers. These liaisons, also known as Publicists or book agencies such as Book Art Press Solutions, create a marketing plan for your book depending on its genre. The constant need to improve in book marketing and publishing has led these book agencies to invest in extensive research increasing book distribution, sales, and widening your book’s readability.


There are tons of self-publishing business models, such as: vanity publishing, print-on-demand, and a variety of combinations from all models mentioned. Print-on-demand or POD publishing accepts all book submissions, just as long as you are willing to pay for the publication of your book. The uniqueness of POD is the printing of book one at a time at a rate which is cost effective. This publishing business model cuts some costs and eliminates the possibility of printing too many copies of your book. Vanity Publishing, on the other hand, is also known as a book manufacturer. These book manufacturers print the books using mainly the author’s resources in the distribution of the book. There are tons of book manufacturers who are offering their services. This type of publishing business model may cost the author a lot to both publish and market his or her own book. There are some book manufacturers who are offering a hundred percent royalties but most of these companies would have a percentage from your total book sale.

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He is an editor and content marketer of a publishing company that provides practical platforms and opportunities to indie authors. He is a seasoned feature writer who has written countless essays for the United Nations mostly to educate people about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Paul offers basic guides for novice authors who want to pursue a career in writing by providing tips about publishing; the prerequisites in preparing a well-groomed manuscript and choosing the most suitable marketing techniques in promoting a title.

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