If you're a writer looking to get your book out, you have two ways to go about it. You can either take the traditional publishing route or try self-publishing. Both routes come with their own advantages and disadvantages, so here's a simple guide to help you decide which option might work best for your project.
If you sign with a traditional publisher, you'll get:
Embracing independence with your book is an incredibly empowering experience! You'll be in full control of all of the rights and profits generated from the sales. You get to make the editorial decisions and don't have to wait around to get someone else's approval. On top of that, you'll have the liberty to write whatever kind of book you'd like, even if doesn't fit into any predetermined market categories. Spice it up a bit and make it a bit daring. Who's standing in your way? This is your story and you can publish it however you'd like!
Indie publishing rocks! You get to be the boss of your own little business... or maybe even empire. But of course, you can't do it all on your own; you need a fab team to help you out. Whether it's writing a beautifully edited copy or crafting the perfect cover design, everyone has their strengths. That's why it's so important to have an amazing group of people behind you to help take your vision to the next level. Wouldn't it be awesome to take your publishing dreams and make 'em happen? Let's do it!
These are the pros and cons of each approach to publishing.
The final decision is yours! Both options have their advantages, so take some time to think through what you want to achieve and find the path that's right for you. Need your book out quickly? Indie publishing can provide that, with your book ready to share with readers in a few months, as opposed to the potential years you'd wait with traditional publishing. Ultimately, it's about what's best for you!