Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Self-publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

The decision to self-publish can be a daunting one, especially if you, like me, started out writing with the intent of finding an agent and landing a publishing deal. 

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, that dream just doesn't happen. 

Many authors see the decision to self-publish as some kind of defeat, when really, making the change to go indie can be so much more. The decision should be made carefully and deliberately. 

How do I decide?

If you're in a similar situation, choosing which avenue would be the best option for your book and your author career, here is a breakdown of the pros and cons I put together when I was trying to choose whether or not to self-publish. 

Hopefully some of the realizations I came to can help you in your decision as well! 

This was just the list that I came up with when trying to make a decision for myself. As you can see, in my case, the option to walk away from traditional publishing in pursuit of self-publishing was a no-brainer! 

On an interesting note--

Initially, I had the lack of audio and foreign rights as a con for self-publishing, but now even foreign and audio is possible if you go indie! Three of my books have been turned into audiobooks. This is an expense I paid for myself, so you'll have to take that into account; but I thought I would mention that here. 

I've decided. What do I do now?

If you decide to continue trying the traditional publishing route, I wish you the best of luck! Many authors have found success in that avenue. 

If you're leaning more and more toward self-publishing but have no clue what to do next, look no further! 

The Ultimate Self-publishing Guide

I've outlined some of the biggest mistakes I made when I decided to self-publish and put those missteps in a comprehensive guide to help new authors just starting out on the journey. 

For more details and information about self-publishing versus traditional, and determining where to go from here, check out my book, Money-Saving Guide to Self-Publishing and get free access to my 12-page business planner! 

Get your copy on Amazon today! 


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