BOOK WRITING AND PUBLISHING has changed considerably since I began writing back in the 1960’s and 70’s. Back then, there were only vanity presses (now called self-publishing) and traditional publishers. Today, we’ve added independent publishers to the mix.
So, how do you know which way is the right way for you? Well, maybe this series of articles can help you decide.
3 Types of Publishers
There are currently three main types of book publishers:
- Traditional Publishing Companies
These are the types of publishers we are all familiar with. The publishers find a book with promise and offers the author money for the privilege of publishing that book. The publisher handles the editing, book cover design, and (if the author is lucky) some of the marketing for the book.
- Self-Publishing Companies
These used to be called vanity presses, but whatever name they go by, they still operate the same way. The writer pays them for the privilege of having their book published, and then it’s up to the writer to sell the books. If the writer is willing to spend more money, they can have the book edited, and for another small fee, the publishers will help devise a marketing plan.
- Independent Publishers
These are authors who do everything themselves. They write, format, and publish their own materials. They may or may not pay to have their material edited; and they either use generic covers or pay someone to help them design their book covers. They then go straight to the vendors (like Amazon, Google+, and Barnes & Noble) to sell their books.
So, what type of author are you? And what type of publishing service suits you? Are you willing to wait around and take a chance that you might be ‘discovered’? Do you want someone else to do all the work and are willing to pay that someone to do it for you? Or are you a risk-taker, an entrepreneur, willing to put in all the work so that you can share your story with the world?
Whichever type of author you are, there’s a publishing platform just for you.
[Next Post in this Series: The Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishers]