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Traditional Publishing vs. Self Publishing

So you're holding a manuscript—maybe complete, maybe not—in your hands, and you're trying to decide between a traditional publishing route and self-publishing your book. You're not alone, and it's not always an easy decision. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of traditional publishing as well as that of self-publishing—both options aren't right for everyone, which means finding more out about each might help you confidently make a decision.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing for Your Book

Here are a few things traditional companies offer with professional editing:

·    Editing help: You'll have assistance from a publisher with the editing part of your overall process. This service can be seen as a negative or a positive, but most people appreciate the help.

·    Completion of most publishing work: If you're lucky enough to have a traditional publisher take you on, they'll want the book to succeed. They'll do the professional publishing work for you, which means you won't have to worry about much besides writing your work, pitching it, and getting it accepted. They'll handle cover design, formatting, layout, printing, distribution, cash collection, royalty payments, and more. If it sounds like a lot of work, you're getting a good idea of all the process involves.

·    Marketing assistance: Many factors—some out of your control—will determine how much of your marketing a traditional company does for you, but you can expect it to at least fall between 10 to 50 percent.

The biggest con of working with a traditional publishing house is the amount of time you'll have to put into the process. Arguably, time is significantly more valuable than money. If you choose this route, you'll spend hours upon hours trying to impress people and get accepted as opposed to working on what you love most—writing.

Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing a Book

When you start looking at the pros of self-publishing, you'll notice two primary pros that steer many authors in this direction:

·      Control: It is, without question, a common issue for authors to have to watch editors at publishing houses tear their book up for being too controversial or not aligned with the company's standards. When you self-publish, you'll get to control book appearance, content, design, marketing, and distribution yourself. You won't have to deal with working in a team or having others interfere with your control of the process or final product.

·      Time: While it's definitely not going to happen overnight, self-publishing takes much less time than traditional publishing, which could take years from start to finish.

On the other hand, when you decide to self-publish, you have to make sure you keep yourself on track. In addition, you lose some of the pros that come with traditional publishing. You'll also put a lot more of your own money into self-publishing, whereas a company will pay you. It's up to you to decide whether time or money is more important.

Partner With Edits Made Easy for Your Professional Editing Services

When it comes right down to it, the decision is yours. There's no right or wrong answer here.

If you've decided to self-publish or just want to clean your manuscript up before sending it out to some publishing houses, partner with Edits Made Easy. We'll set you up with a professional editor from among the best. They'll be familiar with your genre and style, and we'll work with your specific goals to make your dream of publication come to life the right way. For help with editing, formatting, layout, citations, and more, contact us right away.

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