Self Publishing - Summary

This is only a brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages of Self Publishing.

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When an author Self-Publishes - everything changes.
The changes are all good but you do need to go into it with some information. Otherwise you'll be taken advantage of. And you could wind up wasting a lot of time and money and have nothing to show for it.

The Advantages of Self-Publishing

  • The author keeps all (100%) of the gross profit from the sale of his book, rather than just 10-15% (of the wholesale price)
  • Gross profit is the money left over after all the direct costs (printing, distribution and promotion) are paid. This means that the author keeps a great deal more money per book sold.
  • The author gets paid much faster. As opposed to the normal system of delayed "royalties" to authors from conventional publishers.
  • The author retains total control over all aspects of the production of his book, i.e. cover, binding, title, trim size, etc.
  • The author retains total control over all aspects of the promotion of his book.
  • The author's book stays in publication indefinitely.

    Instead of being pulled off the shelves 4 months after it was published.

  • The author retains all rights to his work.

    Publishers are now routinely including all kinds of kinds of rights in their "standard" contracts like; movie, foreign, game DIGITAL i.e. ebook. And all for the same skinny advance. Can anyone say GREEDY.

The Disadvantages of Self Publishing

  • The author receives no advance against potential future royalties.
  • The author must do himself (or hire people to do for him) those things a "publisher" normally does to turn his manuscript into a printed and bound "book" or e-book.
  • The author is responsible for all aspects of his finished book.
  • The author is responsible for the distribution of his book.

Whether self-publishing or conventional publishing is used, the author must promote and "sell" his book.

Self-publishing is not a solution for a poor quality manuscript.

The very first thing that every writer must do before even considering self-publishing is to ensure he has written a good book.

And the very next thing that every writer must do is to work out a good promotional campaign for selling his book.

As Jack Canfield, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul", said, 'Writing the book is only 10% of the work, now you must figure out how to sell it'.

Everything else counts for nothing if you don't sell any books.

All that being said -

Self-Publishing in this quickly evolving digital age presents an unprecedented opportunity for writers.

Self-Publishing is a double-edged sword.

  • Those writers who understand and use this new technology will prosper.
  • Those writers who continue their old ways... will continue to be taken advantage of.

Yes, writers have been short changed for decades by a publishing industry they did not understand.

But all that is changing for writers who educate themselves.

Obviously the above is only a quick summary of a few of the key points.

There is much more to know if you expect to take advantage of this new technology without getting ripped off.

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Richard A. McCullough

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