Technology has made such a major impact on the publishing world. Thanks to the advances of technology, authors do not need to go through the lengthy complicated process of traditional publishing to publish their books. In fact, anyone who aspires to be an author now has the opportunity to write and publish their books themselves.
Authors have the opportunity to reach readers around the world and make a positive impact on their lives, and they can do this through self-publishing. Technology offers new and established authors more options for self-publishing their books online. One of the benefits of self-publishing is that authors have full control writing, editing, publishing and distributing their books.
They can choose either to publish their books in digital format or in print. Self-publishing has become very affordable and there are many online publishing platforms that offer free or low cost self-publishing services like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, CreateSpace, Smashwords and Draft2Digital. Self-publishing is easy to do and it is open to anyone who has the desire to write and publish a book.
Aspiring authors don’t have to worry about going the traditional route of finding a literary agent or sending a book proposal to a publishing house. Additionally, authors don’t have to worry about unsold books collecting dust in their basement or garage.
They can now rely on Print on Demand publishing, which means that their books are only printed when a customer places an order. There are other advantages to self-publishing which you can read more about in the next chapter.
Advantages of Self-Publishing
Self-publishing offers authors more opportunities and a wider range of options than traditional publishing. Authors now have the choice of either publishing their books in digital format or take advantage of Print on Demand services rather than depending on a traditional publisher. Read on to find out the other benefits of self-publishing.
You are in Control.
With a traditional publisher, you give up all rights to your book. The publishing house would make all the decisions as to how your book would be edited, designed and packaged. On the other hand, as a self-published author, you make the final decision on what happens to your book.
You don’t have to worry about someone else making changes to your book that you don’t want.
You Keep All of the Profits.
As a self-publisher, you get to keep 100% of the profits. Although you have to use your own resources to publish your written work, once you start selling you will keep all of the profits from your book sales and make back your initial investment. This is so much better than paying a publishing company to publish your book in which they pocket most of the money.
Publishing a Book Takes Less Time.
Another advantage of self-publishing is that the length of time it takes to publish a book is much faster. The process of publishing involves writing the book, editing it, designing a book cover, and publishing it.
This can be done in less than two months as compared to traditional publishing, which could take a year.
Self-publishing has become extremely popular over the years as more and more authors choose to self-publish their own books instead of relying on a traditional publisher.
Being a self-published author gives you full control of how your book is written, designed and published, you keep 100% of the profits and self-publishing a book is so much faster. As you can see, there are advantages of self-publishing, but new authors who choose this method will face some problems in self-publishing their own books. There are ways to get around these problems and this will be discussed in the next chapter.