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Why the Self-Publishing Dislike? (Part 2)

Blog post 12-8-10 As you look into self-publishing, particularly online, it will not take long before you find those who demonize it, in whole or in part. When you boil it down, there are four key reasons they do this. I will deal with the first one in this post, which is:

It is not traditional publishing, where the publisher pays the author to write a book.

Keep in mind, my definition of traditional publishing (in simplest form), is that the publisher pays the author to publish (an advance against royalties). There is certainly no cost to the author. In self-publishing, authors pay to publish and promote their books.

People who demonize self-publishing simply because it isn’t traditional publishing complain because self-publishing companies:

1) Do not review every idea and shape every book before it is published. Right–it is SELF-publishing. Should EVERY book project be written and shaped with professional guidance and/or coaching? Yes. (For Writing Coach and Manuscript Development services, click here.)

2) Do not edit every book before it is published, as a matter of course. Yes–once again; it is self-publishing. Should EVERY book be edited? Yes. (For Manuscript Editing, click here.)

3) Do not assign a publicist to every book and do not invest big $$’s into marketing. Yep–one more time, it is self-publishing. Should EVERY book have a publicity plan and marketing plan in place before it is self-published? Yes.

One can write the perfect book with the most incredible sales potential, but with no plan for marketing and publicity, that perfect book may sell very few copies. It is also possible to spend thousands of dollars marketing a book and sell only a dozen copies. (That is for another post.)

4) Make money on things authors can do themselves. Just as with any business, yes, publishers make money on services authors can do themselves. It is also true that an author MIGHT save money by doing it all themselves, if they learn: how to design covers, how to typeset text, how to purchase ISBN’s, how to establish a relationship with a press and a distributor, how to write a press release, how to market through social media, and all the rest (or cobble together their own “team” of people to do this).  Is it a good idea? No.

It is analogous to the idea of building a house by yourself. If you want to deal with finding the carpenter, plumber, electrician, and getting all the permits and so on, it is possible. And by doing so, you might save some money. But in most cases, you will end up paying more money, plus end up with a mess of a house! Some things are best left to the professionals. This is certainly true of publishing. For example, cover designs. The worst covers I’ve seen on Christian books are those designed by authors. (Sorry, just had to throw that in.)

People casting derision on self-publishers just because they aren’t traditional publishers is analogous to criticizing an apple because it isn’t an orange. Just as the apple and the orange are good in different ways, so are traditional publishing and self-publishing.

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