Previously, we looked at what you get when you opt for traditional publishing, let us take a look at what you get with self-publishing. We may also look at the downside of self-publishing.
Self-publishing allows new and upcoming authors get their book to the general public. Traditional publishing comes with the expense of getting an agent which will require you to part with some cash. This is not the case with self-publishing as you don’t need an agent to act on your behalf in the whole publishing process.
Self-publishing gives an author the freedom of making decisions concerning their book and changes which they would want to see. With the author having an edge in decision making, it is highly possible that the final product will not have deviated from the original idea of the author.
Traditional publishing takes time before the book can get to the shelves of the bookshops. This is not the case with self-publishing as publication is almost instant. Thus an author does not have to wait for a very long time to get their work done. This works well if the author is good and has taken time on their work.
The disadvantage of self-publishing is that there are high chances of having shoddy work in the market if the author has not taken time and consulted extensively before publishing the book. This is something that may work to the disadvantage of the author as the book may not make good sales as it is expected to. In such a case, fewer sales may be made from the book. Accomplished authors who opt for self-publishing may not experience such drawbacks. It is, therefore, important that an author who chooses self-publishing be more serious and careful with the work that they do as it may make them or break their career in writing.