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Self Publishing versus Traditional Publishing -- How to Choose the Best Option for Your Book

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      Self Publishing versus Traditional Publishing -- How to
      Choose the Best Option for Your Book

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      Every aspiring author thinks about publishing his or her
      book. And with so many options available in this day and
      age (self-publishing, electronic publishing, traditional
      publishing, print-on-demand, etc.), if you�re writing a book,
      then you have a lot to think about!

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      Self Publishing versus Traditional Publishing -- How to
      Choose the Best Option for Your Book
      � Copyright 2009 Melinda Copp

      Every aspiring author thinks about publishing his or her
      book. And with so many options available in this day and
      age (self-publishing, electronic publishing, traditional
      publishing, print-on-demand, etc.), if you're writing a book,
      then you have a lot to think about!

      Many writers think one of the most important decisions they
      can make is whether to seek a traditional publisher or self-
      publish. What's the best choice? It depends. I always tell
      my clients that what's best for one book isn't best for all. All
      books are different and the best way to make it available to
      readers depends on the author's situation and goals.

      Benefits of Self-Publishing
      Self-publishing is a great way to get your book in the hands
      of readers. In other words, it's not just for people writing a
      family history that won't have much commercial appeal.
      Finding an agent, getting a publishing contract, and having
      your book published by a traditional company take time-
      often months or even years before the book actually goes
      to print. One of the main benefits of self-publishing is speed
      and control of the publication timeline. So if your book
      needs to be published as soon as possible, self-publishing
      is definitely the way to go. When you self-publish, you also
      control the -content and book design. These benefits make
      self-publishing ideal for those who want to use the book to
      grow their business, start a business, or establish expertise
      quickly.

      Benefits of Traditional Publishing
      Getting a publishing contract can be difficult, but it's not
      impossible. So if that's what you want, go for it. Just be
      prepared to work hard to get what you want. Many people
      attach stigma to self-published books, as if they aren't as
      valid as a commercially published book. If you're one of
      those people, or you don't have the money to self-publish
      successfully (hiring editors, proofreaders, cover designers,
      etc. is not cheap), then traditional publishing is the best
      option for you. Your publishing company will set you up with
      an editor to help you write the best book possible, and a
      team of proofreaders will go through your book before it
      goes to press. And if you're an experienced writer with a
      platform and readership, then you're in a great position to
      get a publishing contract.

      Does it Really Matter?
      Publication means making your book available to readers.
      And in recent years, "available" has expanded beyond the
      books you can find on the bookstore shelf. I got a Kindle for
      my birthday last month, and now that e-books have
      become part of my every day reading experience, I've paid
      more attention to how they're making an impact on the
      book publishing industry. Although it has been around for a
      few years, many predict this will be a big year for e-readers.
      As far as publishing goes, electronic devices connected
      directly to bookstores create a shift that seems to further
      blur the dividing lines.

      How the book is published matters less than the fact that a
      high quality book is available. For example, I recently read
      about Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer
      Hamann. The author self-published her novel, found her
      readership, and then got it traditionally published by a
      Random House imprint. Was she just lucky? No. She wrote
      a good book. That's how you get readers.

      What does it take to write a great book? That depends. It's
      a combination of a solid idea, good writing, and demand in
      the marketplace. Getting a publishing contract with a
      commercial publishing house means you'll have a team of
      people working with you to ensure your book is the best it
      can be. If you decide to self-publish, you are solely
      responsible for doing whatever it takes to make your book
      a success, whether that means hiring a ghostwriter, taking
      a book writing class, working with an editor, or rewriting it
      twenty times.

      No matter how your book is ultimately published, keep in
      mind that great books add to the conversation and make a
      contribution to the world of ideas. Great books have a way
      of finding their readers and being successful. So know what
      your publishing options are, make a decision based on the
      pros and cons, and get your best book out there.

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      Melinda Copp helps aspiring nonfiction, business, and self-
      help authors get clear on their story and book idea, and
      figure out how to put it all together so their ideal readers
      love it. Visit
      http://www.writerssherpaprograms.com/writeabook.html
      for a free copy of her "Jump Start Your Book E-course!" and
      get your book started now.

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