5 Reasons to Self-Publish

When most writers think of getting their book published they imagine sending queries to publishers and having their books accepted by a book publisher.

While that is the right choice for some people, for others, self-publishing is a far better option.

Here are five great reasons to choose self-publishing instead.

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1. Niche Market

Books in niche markets are difficult to find traditional publishers for which makes self-publishing a great choice.

Some books appeal to lots of people but that doesn’t mean that books intended for a small select group of individuals shouldn’t be created. There may be a limited number of people in the world who want to read about collecting stamps from the Victorian era but that doesn’t mean those books shouldn’t be written. Such niche books are ideal for self-publishing. The author can print books and then take those books to conventions and other places where their target market congregates.

2. Content Control

When a person self-publishes they can control everything in their book. No one tells them what to include or what to cut.

In traditional book publishing, there is almost always an editor who requests the author edit their book to be more appealing for a wider market even if those edits will change the meaning of the author’s book.

3. Packaging Control

Similar to content control, package control allows the author to tailor the appearance of their book. They choose the cover, binding, and interior book design. They can also choose to include whatever photos or customs illustrations they feel are best for their book. In traditional publishing authors typically have little or no say over how their work is packaged. The packaging, including the cover, will likely be created by someone who has never read the book and has only a vague description to go off of.  When an author self-publishes they control all of the elements of the finished book.

4. Money

Publishing companies are businesses. They have investors who expect profits and employees who can only be retained if offered competitive wages and benefits packages. This often means that authors, the creators of intellectual property, receive a small cut of the book earnings. That isn’t the case for self-publishing.

5. Retaining Rights

Self-publishers retain all the rights to their intellectual property. They can choose to use those rights and sell those rights as they see fit. Those rights include digital book publishing, merchandise, foreign translation, audiobooks, and more.

Book publishers may expect an author to sign away some or all of the rights to their intellectual property. Signing over those rights can be a huge detriment to the author. If an author signs over those rights to a publisher the author won’t have a say in how those rights are used. It is possible that the book publishing company might choose to use those rights in a way that is profitable but that the creator feels misrepresents the original work.

Whatever reason you choose to self-publish InstantPublisher has all the author services you need to turn your manuscript into a finished masterpiece.

Call 1 800 259 2592 to speak to a representative. You can also fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com for more information.

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