As a college senior studying writing and publishing, I’ve spent much of the past four years weighing the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and self-publishing. Which is more cost-effective? How long does either process take? Which experience is more fulfilling as a first-time author? Sometimes, it seems like there are too many questions to count, […]Continue reading
Much like book packaging, hybrid publishing falls somewhere between traditional and self-publishing. It’s part of the grey area. Hybrid publishers are sometimes called team publishers, providing structure and support for authors who choose to use a method that blends traditional and self-publishing. Some hybrids charge authors a fee to publish, while others provide the […]Continue reading
If you’re a self-published author, you understand the struggle of trying to get your book out into the world. Not only do indie authors pour countless hours of hard work into their writing, but they also face a boatload of marketing challenges, especially when it comes to finding a place to sell their creations.
Many authors turn to the Internet, using websites like Amazon and Blurb to garner sales. What’s more difficult, however, is getting their book featured in the window, or even on the shelves, of a brick-and-mortar bookstore. Big box stores carry hundreds of titles, many of which come from big name publishers and are written by extremely popular authors. With so much competition, traditional bookstores are a battlefield for self publishers.Continue reading
For years, self-publishing has been somewhat of a dirty word in the book industry. While some authors jumped on the bandwagon early on, many more have clung to tradition, doing everything in their power to distance themselves from the writers gone rogue. To self-publish was to break from the norm, circumventing the traditional publishing system to push one’s book out into the world. Going indie was the equivalent of a subversive, traitorous act against the institutional powers that be.Continue reading