Advantage #1 Larger Profits- Self-publishing allows for larger profits on each book sold. If you already have networks to sell your books, self-publishing can make the publishing process more profitable compared to traditionally published books. Writers who frequently speak at conferences, for example, might benefit more from self-publishing than from using a publisher.
Advantage #2 Control- Self-publishing gives you complete control over your editorial and design. (You are in control, not the publisher). Many parts that publishers would probably want to edit or delete is combed over by you. You are in control of designing your cover and the content.
Advantage #3 On Your Time- Self-publishing allows you to set the timeline. If your book is related to current events, you can publish your book – – – using your schedule to ensure that you have printed copies on-hand when that event happens. A publishing company has its own schedule that doesn’t necessarily coincide with yours. It will likely take much longer to see your book in print compared to self-publishing.
Advantage #4 Retain Copyrights- When you self-publish, you retain all copyrights. (Let’s restate. When you self-publish, you retain all copyrights). If your printed book doesn’t sell the way you had expected, with a traditional book publisher you are halted. Your book contract likely prohibits you from use of your content in ways without the publisher being involved. As a self-publisher, you can also create ebooks, articles for your website, videos, or brochures from your book’s content without contractual repercussions.