Writers now have two options when it comes to publishing their works – traditional publishing and self-publishing. The latter is quite new and not all people know about it. But it has its advantages nevertheless. This is why we have decided to tell you something about the pros and cons of both these methods, so you can better choose for yourself.
Pros and cons of traditional publishing
When we say traditional publishing, we mean the “old” method for getting your work published, which has until recently been the only way of doing it. It involves submitting your work for review by a number of agencies, which then decide whether they want to publish it or not.
One of the major upsides to traditional publishing is the fact that you get a whole team of experts to work with you on printing your book. Since the publishing is done by the agency and not yourself, it is also a lot easier to get your book in bookstores. Apart from this, you also get some kind of an advance, as well as prestige that comes with the status of the publishing house of your choice.
But there are downsides to this method as well. First of all, you are not as free to do what you want with your content, since everything needs to be approved by a number of different people involved in the process. Also, the process itself is painstakingly slow.
Pros and cons of self-publishing
Unlike the traditional publishing, self-publishing refers to the process of publishing your work without the help of agencies. This usually involves setting up an account on Amazon or one of the many other platforms that have been designed with this purpose in mind.
You can probably guess the upsides to this method. First of all, you are in complete control of the process, which means you really don’t have to sacrifice any of your creativity just for the sake of being published. Also, you can choose your own marketing strategies, which means you can get a lot more money out of your work with self-publishing.
But there are downsides as well. Self-publishing is still a relatively new method for publishing literary works. This means you won’t get as much critical appraise as you would with a traditional publishing house.