You’ve written a book—congratulations! Now comes the hard part: deciding how to publish it. In the past, your only option was to find a literary agent who would then try to sell your book to a traditional publishing house. But nowadays, you have another option: self-publishing. With self-publishing, you retain complete control of your book from start to finish. But this route also has its drawbacks. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of self-publishing a book so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you and your work.
The Pros of Self-Publishing a Book
1. You’re in complete control.
When you self publishing a book, you get to make all the decisions about your work—from the cover design to the price to when (and where) it goes on sale. This can be both good and bad; more on that later. But if you like having complete control over every aspect of your work, self-publishing is definitely the way to go.
2. You don’t need anyone’s approval.
In traditional publishing, your manuscript has to be approved by a literary agent, who then has to sell it to a publisher, who may or may not want to make changes before it goes to print. With self-publishing, you don’t need anyone’s approval before your book goes on sale—you can publish it exactly as you envision it.
3. You keep all the rights to your work.
When you sign with a traditional publisher, they technically own your work—you just get paid royalties for selling it. But when you self-publish, you retain all the rights to your book. This means that if someone wants to make a movie based on your book or produce an audiobook version, you can say yes or no without having to go through anyone else first.
The Cons of Self-Publishing a Book
1. You have to do everything yourself (or pay someone else to do it).
When you self-publish, there’s no team of people working behind the scenes on marketing and promotions (unless you hire someone, that is). This means that it’s up to you—and only you—to spread the word about your book through social media, events, or other channels. And unless you have some experience in marketing and design, putting together a professional-looking book cover and interior design can be costly (though there are some great DIY resources out there if you’re willing to put in the time).
2. You might not sell many copies…at least at first.
The biggest downside of self-publishing is that it can be very difficult to get noticed among all the other books out there—especially if you don’t have an established platform or another way to generate interest in your work. It takes a lot of hard work (and sometimes money) to market and promote a self-published book effectively; without these things, your sales will likely suffer.
3、You might not make much money per book sold.
If traditional publishers think your book has potential, they’ll be willing to give you an advance against future royalties (royalties are typically around 10% of each book sold). But when you self-publish, there are no advances—you simply earn royalties on each copy sold (usually around 70%). So if your goal is simply to make some money from writing, self-publishing might not be the best option since you won’t see any significant earnings until after you sell several hundred copies (if not more).
Conclusion: Before making the decision to self-publish or traditionally publish your book, weigh the pros and cons carefully so that you can choose what’s best for you and your work. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to publishing—it all depends on what kind of experience and level of control you want over every aspect of your work as well as how much money/time/energy yoou want/are able tp put into marketing and promoting it effectively.”