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Pros & Cons Of Self Publishing

*All information has been taken from a page at The Creative Penn. For more of the article get it here.

First you need to know the difference between a self-publishing author and an indie author. A self-publishing author is someone who writes and sells books as a hobby while an independent author or 'indie' is someone who makes a business out of writing rather than it being a mere hobby.

Pros of being an Indie Author

  • Total creative control. Many authors who previously used traditional publishing explain how they hated the fact that they had to deal with a cover they didn't like, a title they feel didn't fit the story and some of the content in their book being changed.
  • Faster time to market. If using traditional publishing it can take up to 18 months to have your book on the market while if you self-publish and use sites such as Amazon your book can be ready for sale within 4-72 hours.
  • Higher royalties (more money). On Amazon you can get up to a 70% royalty while traditional publishing averages you about 10%. Remember, though, it is not a get rich quick scheme because you can't garantee you'll get as many sales as what you would with a publisher. 

Cons of being an Indie Author

  • You need to do everything yourself. While you of cource have to write market as an idie you also have to do the publishing. You have to find an editor, a cover designer and, if working print, find a decent printer.
  • You need a budget upfront. 
  • It's difficult to get printed books on store shelfs. While it's not impossible it is hard to get your book on the shelfs so if your looking for that you're best to go with traditional publishing as it is, essentially, the publishers job.

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