Publishing and publicizing your book:
Do I want to find a traditional publisher?
- A traditional publisher or publishing house signs an agreement with you to take charge of the publishing and publicizing your book.
- They typically own the rights, determine what the cover looks like, and can request editorial changes.
- Due to budget constraints in the publishing industry, most publishers do some publicity, though it is often limited.
- Publishers have relationships with book distributors who can supply your book to bookstores and other resellers.
- When publishing and publicizing your book, publishing houses typically have arrangements to sell the foreign rights to your book, if that is warranted.
- Authors receive a small portion of the book’s cover price which primarily goes to the publisher for taking a risk, but also goes to the book distributor and resesller.
Do I want to self-publish?
- Self-publishing used to have a stigma attached to it. Now, many of the books on the New York Times bestseller list are self-published.
- Self-published books can be ebooks, audiobooks, printed books, or print-on-demand (explained below).
- Self-published authors usually retain rights to their work and receive most or all of the income from sales.
- When publishing and publicizing your book, self-published authors are primarily responsible for marketing.
- Many very successful authors, who have already have a large readership, have turned to self-publishing because if gives them more control over their work and/or allows them to sell certain books for lower prices than a traditional publisher would charge. Lower prices often result in more sales.
- Online article about self-publishing.
More Information Coming Soon on the Following Questions:
Do I want to find an agent?
How much marketing am I willing to do?
Do I need a “publicity person”?