Comparing Traditional Versus Self Publishing - video

Deciding between traditional publishing and self-publishing is a personal decision. Novelist Kevin Porter chose to traditionally publish his fourth book to earn the publisher's stamp of approval. He explains that the publishing process took him 10 years, but during that time he chose to study by reading about writing, practicing writing, and reading within his genre. Benefits of self-publishing include retaining full control over an author's work and a greater portion of the profits. Self-published authors are in charge of the entire business process of bringing a book to market. The stigma against self-publishing is falling away, as publishers and readers are trying to reach readers in any way they can.
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  • Very informative! Thank you for sharing your insight and experience!
  • Thanks, then there was stigma on self publishing.
  • Hey Mable... I published my first book with CreateSpace - and plan on publishing my next two through them as well, unless a publisher hits me up to do it for FREE. The key to being able to take your work to another company for publishing after self-publishing is to purchase your own ISBN. If you get a ISBN of your own for your book, you own the publishing rights to that book. If you allow a free publishing site to publish your book with an ISBN 'they own', then your book must remain with them and no where else. That's pretty much the bottom line. Always pay for an ISBN.
  • This was very helpful. Self publishing is a lot of work. Can a publishing company still look at your work and accept your book? If so, how does this really work?