How to Publish Your Own Book

On April 12, 2012, in Article, by admin

Deciding how to publish your own book can be just as important as any other aspect of the book creation process.  Once everything is written and any necessary graphics are taking care of, it all comes down to which type of publishing best suit your situation.  In general, there are four different ways to publish your own book and each of them are designed to suit a specific situation.  Here is a closer look at all four and what they have to offer.

1.    Using a Big Publisher
When most people think of publishing a book, their imagination immediately turns to large publishers.  In most cases, a publisher won’t even look your book unless you’ve already signed with a well respected agent.  The reason for this is that agents primary purpose is to filter out all of the books which don’t meet the publisher standards and present publishers with the absolute best options.  This raises a problem for you if you have not already written a book which was a profitable seller because agents typically prefer not to work with people who are publishing their works for the first time.  One thing to keep in mind is that there are several drawbacks to using large, well-known publishers.  For example, getting your book to actually be accepted can be a process that takes months or years, you can end up losing control over the final editing and design of your book, and in many cases you could actually earn more publishing yourself.

2.    Using a Small Publishers
In the United States, there are nearly 3000 smaller publishers.  These publishers are good options if you want someone else to do a bulk of the work related to the publishing process.  At the same time, smaller publishers tend to have the same drawbacks as using large publishers and seeing your book in bookstores across the country is still not necessarily likely.  It is a good option if you want to go the route of traditional publishing, but cannot land a deal with the big publisher.

3.    Vanity Presses
The third option is to use a publishing process known as vanity presses or subsidy publishers.  These are essentially publishers or presses in which an author pays to get the book published.  The one thing to keep in mind is that these businesses profit from authors by printing their books, not by actually promoting those books for the authors.  This means he could end up with a huge stack of books sitting in your home with nowhere to go.

4.    Independent Self-Publishing
The final option is referred to as independent self-publishing and has become one of the most popular options.  Not only will you get your book published, but the services also tend to work hand-in-hand with digital publishing services which gives you an easy way to create a physical book as well as a digital book.  For example, CreateSpace is owned by Amazon which means that your book, both physical and digital, can automatically be added to Amazon’s store.  One of the biggest benefits to using these types of services is that you will be able to keep control over the entire process and also tends to provide the highest royalties.


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