Self-publishing is fast becoming one of the quickest growing industries, with self-published eBooks alone taking over the statistics in the publishing industry as a whole.
So why should you choose to self-publish and shirk the traditional publishers that could offer you so many promises, so much fame and to top it all off, so much fortune? We have compiled our top reasons for choosing self-publishing over traditional publishing, and we think you’ll be easily persuaded.
- The most attractive purpose of self-publishing is that you don’t have to persuade anybody but yourself that your book is worth publishing. With your enthusiasm, knowledge of your work and confidence in the book as a bestseller, you won’t have any problems in convincing yourself that your work belongs on a shelf. Losing the third party aspect will not only get your book out there quicker, but it will also allow you more creative freedom in the finished product.
- The less people are involved in the publishing of your book, the more money you will make. You might be surprised that after using a traditional publisher, you might only earn 5-15% of the book’s earnings in royalties, whereas if you sell it yourself with a little help from some others, you might be able to make up to 80% of the price of the book just for yourself.
- Distribution through online retailers is a piece of cake once you’ve published your own book. While traditional publishers might talk about how difficult it is to find shelf space, it’s just as easy for you as it is for them to find shelf space in the ether that is the internet.
- It may cost you a lot to begin with, but after the initial blow then producing your own books will be fairly inexpensive. No matter the quantity that you choose to produce, the setup charges will be the same, and setup costs as a whole have reduced considerable over the last few years. Going back just three or four years, it would have cost upwards of $10,000 to get a standard 256 6x 9 page books typeset, proofread and printed. Now, however, and thanks to laser printing technology small publishers and self-publishers can spend half of this amount. Publishing your own books can now be cost-efficient and produced in small, convenient quantities.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, every book that you finished from this point onwards will add to your portfolio and your persona in the ether of authors. Every book will increase your professionalism, create more avenues down which you can engage with your readership, and create assets that will bolster and support you for many years down the line.