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What Every Aspiring Author Needs to Know

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: What Every Aspiring Author Needs to Know


Deciding how to publish your book is one of the most important decisions an author can make. Both self-publishing and traditional publishing have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. This guide will help you understand the key differences so you can make an informed choice.


Self-publishing puts the author in control of the entire publishing process. Here’s what you need to know: Pros:
  • Creative Control: You have complete control over the content, design, and marketing of your book.
  • Higher Royalties: Keep a larger percentage of your book sales compared to traditional publishing.
  • Speed to Market: Publish your book as soon as it’s ready without waiting for approval from publishing houses.
  • Upfront Costs: You may need to pay for editing, cover design, and marketing out of pocket.
  • Marketing Responsibility: All marketing efforts fall on your shoulders, which can be time-consuming and challenging.
  • Less Prestige: Traditional publishing is often seen as more prestigious, which can affect credibility and opportunities.

Traditional Publishing

Traditional publishing involves securing a contract with a publishing house. Here’s what to consider: Pros:
  • Professional Support: Gain access to professional editing, design, and marketing services.
  • Wider Distribution: Traditional publishers have established distribution channels that can get your book into bookstores and libraries.
  • Advance Payments: Receive an advance payment against future royalties.
  • Loss of Control: You have less control over the content, design, and marketing of your book.
  • Lower Royalties: Traditional publishers take a larger cut of book sales.
  • Lengthy Process: The process from manuscript submission to publication can take a year or more.

Making Your Decision

Choosing between self-publishing and traditional publishing depends on your goals, resources, and preferences. Here’s a quick comparison:
Criteria Self-Publishing Traditional Publishing
Control Full control Limited control
Royalties Higher percentage Lower percentage
Upfront Costs Author bears costs Publisher bears costs
Marketing Author’s responsibility Publisher’s responsibility
Prestige Generally less prestigious More prestigious
Speed to Market Faster publication process Longer publication process


Both self-publishing and traditional publishing have their own set of pros and cons. If you value creative control and higher royalties, self-publishing might be the best route for you. However, if you prefer professional support and wider distribution, traditional publishing could be the better option. For those considering self-publishing, partnering with a reputable company like TellWell Publishing can provide the support you need to succeed. They offer comprehensive services to guide you through the self-publishing process. Make your publishing journey easier and more successful. TellWell Publishing Referral <CLICK AND SAVE Happy publishing!

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