So after you go through all of these steps, and pay for all of this money for various services, what’s the benefit? You completely own and control the work. All of the authentic reviews from the book will be yours and yours alone. If you build a substantial platform (and audience for your book and future books). (For more on platforms, check out my article on Publisher’s Weekly), you can actually expect to recoup your initial investment of $5,000 to $10,000 and begin making a profit- your own profits for you to keep- on your harrison 20th edition pdf . These days, traditional publishers won’t even look at authors who can’t prove that they can move 100,000 books.
Here’s my question: If you can move 100,000 books, why do you even need a traditional publisher? I guess for the wider distribution. I decided to go the self-publishing route, because I wondered if traditional publisher doesn’t invest much in marketing, and they want you to build your audience before they sign you – what are they doing exactly for you (the author) exactly? Yes, it’s true they do pay for many different aspects that go into creating a print book – editing, formatting, cover-design, etc. But is that worth all of the rights and control and profit that you, as the writer, give up to the traditional publisher? I don’t think so! It just didn’t make sense to me, to give up control of my book if my publisher would require me to invest so much of my own money into it anyway. I figure, just go all out and pay for all of it. History shows that self publishers who have done that, and have made it big on their own terms had the traditional publishers coming after them. At that point, they could negotiate on their own terms. When and if that happens, to you, as an author, you must be very careful. Always remember traditional publishers want to get as much work out of you and money from your book, while paying you the smallest percentage of profits that they possibly can.