5 Ways to Avoid Burnout as a Self-Publishing Author

Burnout is the biggest threat to a self-publishing author’s well-being. It makes it challenging to write and lowers writing quality. It can even make an author question whether writing is for them.

Burnout isn’t the same as writer’s block. Burnout isn’t project-specific. Instead, it is an inability to write anything. When writing is forced the quality is poor, and the writer feels that work is difficult labor that must be pushed through. They may feel like they are sinking in quicksand every time they try to write.

The good news is that this condition is temporary. The bad news is that recovery time, depending on the level of burnout can take months or even years. It’s best for a self-publishing author to avoid burnout rather than care for themselves on the long road to burnout recovery.

A burned-out author struggling to write using their computer

Here are five tips to help self-publishing authors avoid burnout.

1. Self-Care

Self-publishing authors need to be sure they are eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, exercising appropriately, and managing any medical conditions they have with the help of their medical practitioner.

All well-being, including avoiding burnout, stems from overall health. The brain is an important organ in the self-publishing author’s body, and it functions best when the rest of the body is as healthy as possible.

2. Creative Input

Authors, especially fiction authors, need to consume stories to fill their creative wells. Self-publishing authors should continue to read books, watch movies, attend theatrical productions, and do anything else that exposes them to stories.

Some authors hide from stories when they are creating for fear that they will accidentally plagiarize what they are consuming.

Most authors can avoid this by being aware that it is a concern and mindful of what they are creating. If an author still feels they may accidentally plagiarize other author’s stories, they should consume stories in a genre that is different from what they create.

3. Set Realistic Goals

For many self-publishing authors, the reality of the trade is that the more books they produce, the more their careers can grow. Many new self-publishing authors try to expedite their success by pushing themselves to create at a rate beyond their sustainable abilities.

Self-publishing authors should assess how much they can comfortably write before feeling like their creative well is dry and then set daily or weekly writing goals slightly under that amount. Not completely emptying their creative well each time they write will allow them long-term sustainability.

4. Learn to Say “No”

Self-publishing authors need to master the word “no.” It is an incredibly difficult word for many because they fear that they will say no to the wrong thing. They will miss a big break.

Self-publishing authors should engage with the reader community but they need to decide what works for them and how to best maximize their time and energy. Self-publishing authors don’t have to be on every social media platform, go to every author event, and run ads everywhere the internet allows.

Self-publishing authors need to clearly understand their strengths and where they can get the most returns. This doesn’t mean not doing marketing or engaging with readers, and it means not spreading oneself thin for fear of missing out.

5. Take Mental Time Away from Writing

Some self-publishing authors become so consumed with writing that their whole life revolves around creating. Their downtime is consumed with books and lectures on writing and self-publishing. Their free time is spent at author events and book signings.

It isn’t bad or wrong for self-publishing authors to love writing and make it a huge part of their life but having a life completely focused on writing can exhaust the creative brain and lead to burn-out.

Every writer should have one hobby that has nothing to do with writing. This could be quilting, woodworking, video gaming, or other hobbies that don’t revolve around creating stories. These hobbies give the mind time to rest and recover so when the author returns to their writing work they feel refreshed and able to give their all to their writing again.

InstantPublisher cares about self-publishing authors’ health and well-being. We offer a wide variety of book publishing services to meet the wide range of needs of self-publishing authors. We make self-publishing easy and affordable. Visit our website today to see how InstantPublisher can support your self-publishing career.

3 Reasons Your Book Cover Isn’t Attracting the Right Readers

Almost everyone has heard the adage about not judging a book by its cover, but that advice ignores exactly what a book cover is intended to do. Book covers draw attention to the book and give readers an idea of what is inside. If the cover of a book is wrong, it may draw the wrong audience.

Writers may think that any book sale is a good sale, and even if the book doesn’t match the reader’s taste, their exemplary writing skills will win the reader over. Rarely are they right. More often, selling books to the wrong readers eliminates series read-through, results in poor reviews on sales pages, and keeps books out of the hands of readers who will truly enjoy the book and recommend it to others.

How does a self-publishing author make sure their cover attracts the right readers? An excellent place to start is by avoiding these three cover mistakes.

1. The Cover Doesn’t Match the Genre and Sub-genre

A reader should be able to tell what genre a book is simply by looking at the cover. All genres and sub-genres offer a sort of shorthand that indicates to readers what sort of book is inside. This shorthand can change with the times, and self-publishing authors should research to keep up to date on the latest trends in their genre. This is especially important in a nuanced genre such as mystery.

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2. The Colors Don’t Match the Tone

Colors are an at-a-glance indicator to the reader of what the tone of the book will be. Lighter cover colors such as pinks and yellows or books with pastel-colored covers often indicate a book that will be lighthearted. The book may have some serious scenes, but most of it will be light in tone, with comedy and/or romance at the center.

Dark colors typically indicate a book that will be suspenseful, mysterious, or dangerous.

If a reader buys a book with a pretty pastel painting of a landscape on the front, they will not be expecting horrors and murders within the book. Therefore, authors need to be sure the colors on their cover give readers the right impression of the themes and tones held within the pages.

3. Gratuitous Images

Book covers should tell readers about the book’s content, but covers with gratuitous images can go too far and turn off potential readers. A horror book with a dark cover and ominous images will gain new readers better than a gory cover where the monster within the book is wreaking violent havoc.

Similarly, images with extremely sensual cover images may turn off potential readers even if those readers don’t mind descriptions of such content on the pages of their book.

In addition to turning off potential readers, covers containing gratuitous violence or sensual images will have limited opportunities for marketing. Many ad sites will refuse to sell ads for books with covers that might be offensive to a large segment of readers.

When it comes to covers, less is more. Suggestions of sensuality or violence are more effective for covers than detailed images. No matter how extreme the book’s content, the cover should be fit to sit on public bookshelves in a bookstore.

Selecting the right cover for a book is one of the most critical decisions that self-publishing authors make. The first impression readers get of a book is the cover. A good cover will cause the potential reader to pick up the book and read the description or skim through the book’s first page. An unappealing cover will cause a book to sit unread on a shelf even if the book’s content is compelling.

InstantPublisher has all the tools writers need to self-publish their books. This includes cover art templates and options to purchase custom cover art. Call us today at 1800  259 2592 to learn more about the wide range of exceptional services InstantPublisher offers.


5 Reasons to Make a Hardcover Edition of Your Book

Softcover books are cheap to produce, portable, and accessible to readers so why should an author invest the resources to produce a hardcover edition of their book?

Here are 5 reasons every author should add a hardcover book to their product catalog.

1. Hardcover Books are Sturdy

Paperback books can withstand a lot of use but they just aren’t as sturdy as hardcover books.

Hardcover books’ durability can make them more appealing to librarians, teachers, and others whose books may circulate through many readers and be used much more extensively than the average consumer copy.

Similarly, hardcover books are more likely than paperbacks to hold up over the years. Authors considering their legacy should opt for at least a short-run hardcover printing of their book to ensure copies are available to future generations.

2. Hardcover Books are Collectable

Authors who are small and just starting out may not think they have much of a fanbase but just because their inbox isn’t being inundated with daily praise doesn’t mean they don’t have a few superfans.

A man reading a self-published hardcover book

These superfans don’t just want to read the author’s book but they want to showcase it on their shelf. The book isn’t just an object containing words to entertain them but it becomes a piece of shelf decor.

Hardcover books are better for bookcase showcasing than softcover books.  They are something extra that authors can offer their most devoted readers.

3. Professionalism

Hardcover books look professional. They signal to readers that the author put in extra time and resources to create the book and therefore suggest to the reader that the book is of higher quality.

This is especially important if the book in question is a professional work such as a how-to guide that will be sold at conferences or speaker tables.

4. Reader Preference

Some readers simply prefer the feel of a hardcover book in their hands as opposed to a paperback.

The more options readers are given, the more likely they will be to say yes to an author’s books.

If a reader prefers hardcover books they might pick up a paperback if they really love the author but offering the hardcover will bring down all the sales barriers and the reader will eagerly pick up the book.

5. Opportunity to Diversify

Having a hardcover book as well as a paperback gives the author the opportunity to use a different cover or to add features like a dust jacket which might appeal more to the aesthetics of a reader.

Readers do, unfortunately, judge books by their covers and having multiple cover options gives a book the opportunity to visually appeal to a wider range of readers.

InstantPublisher can create a durable and attractive hardcover copy of your book with or without a dust jacket.

For more information on turning your manuscript into a sturdy and appealing hardcover book contact us today.

5 Reasons Authors Should Publish with InstantPublisher

Self-publishers have more options than ever before when it comes to getting their book out into the world. With all those options it is easy to get lost or overwhelmed. InstantPublisher is the answer to creating high-quality print and digital copies of your book.

1. Full Service

InstantPublisher helps customers with all of their publishing needs. Whether an author needs a custom cover, illustrations, or interior book formatting services, InstantPublisher can provide them. They even offer ghostwriting services if an author struggles to bring their idea to life on the page.

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2. Experience

InstantPublisher is a division of Fundcraft Print Group. While InstantPublisher launched in 2001, Fundcaft Print Group has been in business for three generations. They are a family-owned company passionate about publishing. InstantPublisher has printed over 11 million books.
With that kind of experience, you can feel confident working with experts in book creation and custom printing.

3. Customer-Focused

As a family-owned company, InstantPublisher cares about its reputation and shows it by offering exceptional customer service. InstantPublisher works to customize its service to a customer’s individual needs. They offer an informative blog to help authors write, publish, and market their books. Their website includes templates, walkthroughs, and video tutorials to give their customers the tools they need for success.

InstantPublisher is easy to contact and eager to help writers bring their publishing dreams to life.

4. Cost

InstantPublisher has an estimate calculator on its site, so you can quickly see how much any printing batch will cost.

By offering bulk printing, InstantPublisher offers low-cost printing options to customers. Also, customers only pay for the services they need, so there are no hidden costs or fees.

5. Options

InstantPublisher offers a wide variety of printing options. Whether an author is looking for paperback, hardback, or wire binding, InstantPublisher has binding options to suit their needs. They offer five standard book sizes as well as custom sizes upon request. They can print in black and white or color. Rush service is also available.

In addition to printing options, InstantPublisher can mail your books directly to your customer list. Don’t have the space to store a large print run? InstantPublisher offers warehousing and fulfillment services.

Bonus: InstantPublisher’s books are 100% printed in the USA. InstantPublisher is located in Tennessee.

While InstantPublisher is glad to work internationally through their website, at their heart, they are a homegrown American company.

Whatever your printing needs are, InstantPublisher is eager to help. Call us today at 1 800 259 2592 or visit our website. We look forward to meeting all your printing needs.

5 Reasons to Hire a Ghostwriter

Ghostwriters are people hired to create a book and then turn the copyright of that book over to the buyer. There are many reasons that you might consider hiring a ghostwriter to help you complete your masterpiece.

A self-publishing author working with a ghostwriter over the computer

1. Writing Skills

Like any skill, learning to use the language masterfully take practice and time to develop. Unfortunately, no one sits down one day and churns out a perfect book.

Ghostwriters are often hired to write non-fiction books by people who have a lot of knowledge about the topic of their book but don’t have a background in writing. Hiring a ghostwriter assures that the information the buyer wants to communicate to the audience in an easily understood way.

Sometimes a person will hire a ghostwriter for a fiction project if they have an excellent idea for a story but don’t have the experience to execute it themselves.

Ghostwriters can take a fiction or non-fiction outline and turn it into a fantastic book.

2. Time

Writing a book takes a long time, even for an experienced author. A first book commonly takes years to write. Some people don’t have that kind of time.

Perhaps their non-fiction book is about something happening in current events or another topic that needs to be finished promptly.

Sometimes there are fiction trends that an author might want to follow. For example, perhaps a particular type of book is trendy at the moment, and the author wants to get their book written while the market for that book is still hot.

Ghostwriters have years of experience, and writing is their job. They are able to produce completed work in a fraction of the amount of time a new author could.

3. Add to Your Product Line

People who own intellectual property may wish to add books to their product line. For example, maybe a video game designer wants books written about their world to sell to players. Perhaps a comic artist wants to turn their stories into novels but lacks the skills. Hiring a ghostwriter is a perfect way to make the most of the intellectual properties one owns and create a variety of new, sellable items to include in your sales funnel.

4. Create a New Business

Many people have marketing skills and are looking for a product to sell but don’t have the means to mass-produce items easily.

Books are sellable items that are relatively cheap to mass-produce. Therefore, once a ghostwriter creates the initial manuscript, an infinite number of books can be printed and sold.

Many entrepreneurial people out there hire a ghostwriter to create a story that their research indicates will sell well. Then, after receiving the manuscript, they use their marketing and business skills to get sales.

5. Simplicity

Writing a book is time-consuming and difficult. Most people who have amazing story ideas don’t have the time to write a book. They might put it off in the category of something they will do one day, but too often, that day doesn’t ever come.

Hiring a ghostwriter simplifies the project into something manageable and allows the buyer to create their manuscript quickly and easily.

Hire the ghostwriter and tell your story. Hire them to bring your novel idea to life.  Use them to create your family history book to pass down to the next generation. A ghostwriter is the quickest and easiest means to a well-written manuscript.

Ghostwriters are professionals who write other people’s books for a living. They can write yours too.

Don’t let your story idea be put on the back burner another day, InstantPublisher offers skilled and experienced ghostwriting services at a reasonable price. Call today for more information at  1 800 259 2592 or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com for more information.

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.

5 Unique Ways to Market Your Self-Published Book

One of the biggest deterrents to self-publishing is that the author must be not only a creator but a marketer too. There is no experienced book publisher behind the author promoting their work to the world. Instead, that responsibility falls onto the creator.

Most self-publishing authors have considered using various ad services for their self-published books, but there are many other creative ways to market. While ads are a valuable tool, they aren’t the only hammer in the proverbial toolbox. Below are five other marketing ideas perfect for self-publishing authors.

1. Sponsor a Video on Social Media

Content creation sites such as YouTube and TikTok offer viewers entertainment and creators the opportunity to earn money in various ways. One of those ways is sponsored content. If an author is writing non-fiction, they should find content creators on their topic and send them a message asking if they would promote their book in a video for a fee. Fiction authors can reach out to those in the reading community and ask if they will sponsor a video. These videos are not book reviews but instead tie into the genre or featured tropes of the fictional book. For instance, a romance writer might sponsor a video about what makes a great love interest. The content creator will talk about what they love in a romance and then introduce the sponsored book to their audience.A self-published author promoting self-publishing a book giving a presentation

2. Create a Meet and Greet

Authors can ask their local libraries, independent bookstores, or coffee shops if they will host an author meet and greet event. This may include a book signing and/or a book reading.

This gives the author a chance to get their name out to the local population of readers and may open doors to get their books onto library and shop shelves. In addition, many independent books stores will agree to sell books on consignment if they believe there are enough interested local readers.

Authors don’t have to limit their meet and greet opportunities to local areas either. When an author plans a vacation, it doesn’t hurt to reach out to venues near their destination.

3. Be a Speaker at a Local Organization

Non-fiction authors can reach out to local organizations related to their topic and ask if they can be a guest speaker. Authors are considered experts on the topics they write about, and organizations often appreciate learning more about the subject they already love. In addition, the author might make a few sales to members, and the members might tell other friends with similar interests about the author’s presentation. This creates wonderful marketing opportunities through word of mouth.

4. Share Book Related Photos on Social Media

There are reader communities on almost every social media platform. Authors can find fun ways to share their custom book covers on social media platforms such as Instagram. This could be a post of the book chilling with a morning cup of coffee or a book visiting Niagara Falls.  Fun and enticing pictures of a book create a cover and name recognition, making readers more likely to try that book when they come across it online or in stores.

If the book has a unique and enticing cover, seeing it might be enough to convince a book lover who comes across the image to buy the book.

Images don’t even have to be of the books themselves. Images can be taken of something representative of the book, and the title and the purchase link to the book can be shared in the image description. People love sharing intriguing images with their friends and family. The image might even go viral, introducing a wide readership to the featured book.

5. Create Your Own Content on Social Media

Authors can start groups online related to the topic of their book. They can talk about their love of books or their writing process while creating content to share. They can live-stream book readings or other content they think their group members will love through various social media platforms.

Readers love having the opportunity to interact with their favorite authors, and they also prefer buying books from people they like. Becoming a content creator won’t only get an author’s name out, but it will also help them establish a relationship with their core-reader community. When authors establish a good relationship with their readers, those readers will line up to pre-order the author’s next book. Relationship building is one of the most useful marketing tools that an author can use to create a long-standing readership. As long as the author delivers quality content, they will create loyalty amongst their social media community.

There are many ways to market a book. A little creativity is all an author needs to share their book with the world and get readers hungry for their content.

But, for that content to be marketable it must be more than a neatly typed manuscript at the bottom of a draw. A marketable book needs to be published.

If you are a self-publishing author, InstantPublisher can help you with your book printing needs. They offer a wide range of books publishing services, including custom book covers, interior book design, and digital printing services. Our expert staff is available to assist you at 1 800 259 2592. So call today, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com. We look forward to helping bring your dream book to life.

4 Things to Think About When Buying Custom Illustration Services

Writers don’t always agree with the sentiment that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, there are times that books need pictures to help the words convey information to their readers. Many people need to buy illustrations before printing a book. Fiction authors may need to purchase custom illustrations to add to the substance of their stories. Non-fiction writers may need custom illustrations to help readers better understand their meanings. Companies may need to buy images for promotional and training purposes.  Before a buyer approaches an illustrator, they should already have made decisions about the following things:

1. What is the Purpose of the Illustration?

Why is an illustration needed for the book? What function does the author want the illustration to fulfill? For example, is the illustration being used as a tool for storytelling, such as in a graphic novel or children’s picture book? Is the illustration offering additional information to the readers, such as a map in a fantasy novel? Is the book helping readers visualize a concept in the book, such as a labeled diagram? Understanding the function of the illustration will better allow the buyer to explain their needs to an illustrator and help the illustrator deliver an image that is the best fit for the job it is doing.

A custom Illustration created for a self-publishing author

2. Color, Grayscale, or Black and White?

Color adds to the costs of publishing a book, but sometimes it is necessary. The author should consider the genre of their book and what kind of illustrations are typical for similar books.

Children’s picture books are typically in color. Pie charts and line graphs are easiest to read in color, but they may sometimes be done acceptably in grayscale. Simple diagrams within a non-fiction book are often acceptable in black and white.

The author should consider the costs that the illustration will add to printing a book and the benefits of that illustration to the readers.

3. Who Owns the Image Rights?

Many buyers approaching an illustrator haven’t considered rights of ownership. Typically, an artist owns the work they produce. They can sell usage to the buyer, or they can sell the rights of ownership. Often, buying ownership is more expensive, and in some cases, it may not be necessary.

A buyer who has written a children’s book should buy ownership rights to the characters the illustrator creates if they want to use it in marketing and merchandising. A non-fiction author who buys a diagram may buy only usage rights to the image if they don’t need to reproduce it outside of their book or use that image in their marketing. Typically, if an image is being used a single time to clarify information in a book, usage rights are adequate. If the buyer does not purchase the ownership rights, the illustrator can use and sell that image to someone else.

If there is an expectation of using the images purchased for marketing, trademarking, or merchandising, the buyer should purchase the creation. Rights of ownership should be clearly stated in any agreement or contract signed between the buyer and seller.

4. What Else Should be Considered?

Most agreements between buyers and illustrators indicate delivery times and ownership rights, but there are other things that buyers should consider in their negotiations. For example, how many revisions is the illustrator willing to do? Is the buyer obligated to purchase the finished illustration even if they determine it is unsuitable for their needs? If the buyer chooses not to buy the finished picture, is there a fee for the artist’s time and work put into the illustration? Can the artist use the image in their sampling if the buyer has purchased ownership of the work?  Is there any reason that a non-disclosure agreement might be needed?

Buying custom illustration services can feel overwhelming, especially the first time one needs to do so.

InstantPublisher offers a wide range of self-publishing services, including custom illustrations to help authors and publishers. Their skilled illustrators are experienced and easy to work with.InstantPublisher understands the unique needs of their customers, and they are equipped to meet the individual needs of anyone who is considering self-publishing a book. Custom illustrations are just a phone call away—dial 1 800 259 2592 for an InstantPublisher representative. Or, if you prefer,  fill out the online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com for more information about all the self-publishing services they offer.

InstantPublisher Adds Warehousing and Fulfillment Services for Self Publishers

InstantPublisher.com is proud to add warehousing and fulfillment services to its line of self-publishing services. Why did InstantPublisher add these services for their customers? Printed books, especially hardcover books, take up a lot of space. Storing books in an author’s garage or basement might not be an option. In addition, some authors, especially for books delivered by businesses, encounter a lack of proper, climate-controlled warehouse space to store their books.

Other Benefits of Warehousing and Fulfillment Services for Self Publishers

Another way that warehousing and fulfillment services may benefit self-publishing customers is that few print-on-demand companies will offer print-on-demand services for hardcover books, wire-bound books, or custom-sized books with embellishments such as foil stamping and special coating. These books also require proper storage.

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Another warehouse and fulfillment service InstantPublisher.com offers is kitting. Kitting is when you bundle multiple pieces in an order, such as multiple book titles or custom-printed advertising pieces, and ship them as packages together.
“Our customers asked for this service, so we found a way to make it happen,” says Chris Bradley, President of InstantPublisher.com. “Our warehouse and fulfillment services address a need for some of our self-publishing and our custom commercial printing services customers.”

Please keep in mind that warehousing and fulfillment is not necessary for all customers. If you or your business only sell a couple of books a month, it makes more sense to store and ship the books yourself until you build your sales up.

InstantPublisher Provides a Full Suite of Self-Publishing Services

InstantPublisher provides a full array of book printing options and publishing support services such as book cover designs, illustration services, and now warehousing and fulfillment services. We are a full-service book printing and binding company that has served self-published authors since 2004. We are an affordable option for self-published authors everywhere. To learn more, contact us at 1-800-259-2592, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com to get more information about our book publishing services.

Is It Better to Self-Publish or Get a Traditional Publisher?

This is the big question. Is it better to self-publish your own book or go through the traditional publishing process? The short answer: it depends. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to find out.

How Soon Do You Want to Have a Copy in Your Hands?

If you are impatient and want to have a copy of your book in your hands shortly after finishing it, then the answer is a no-brainer; you need to self-publish it. You can get copies of your book printed weeks or even days after submitting the final manuscript to the self-publishing company.

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Traditional publishing has many roadblocks which slow the publishing process down. First, you have to convince a publisher that they should publish your book, and they get thousands of new manuscripts a week. Second, some publishers require you to have an agent before you even think of submitting it to them. And even if you smash through these barriers and a publisher agrees to publish your book, the entire process can take anywhere from a year to 18-months or even longer. Traditional publishing is a very slow process with a lot of waiting involved.

Do You Want to See It on the Shelf of Your Local Bookstore?

If you want to see your book in Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or other big retail chain, you are probably out of luck. Most of the national chains do not sell self-published books at their stores. So if you want to see your book in the big stores you need to go the traditional route. But you might be able to convince your local independent bookstore owner to sell your book. Some of these stores feature sections dedicated to books from local authors.

Do You Want to Design or Have Influence Over Your Book Cover Design?

If you have a specific vision in your head about what you want your book cover to look like, you need to use a self-publishing book company. Traditional publishers do not allow authors to have any say in the design process of the book at all. They have their own design departments and don’t care what you want for your book.

Do You Want to Earn Maximum Profit from Each Book Sale?

In traditional publishing you will earn around 10% of the cover price for each book you sell.  Plus you need to pay your agent 10 to 15% of your 10% as commission. In self-publishing you have complete control over pricing the book and anything beyond the cost of printing your book is your profit.

InstantPublisher Provides High-Quality Self-Publishing Services at a Reasonable Price

InstantPublisher provides a full array of book printing options and publishing support services such as book cover designs, illustration services, and much more. We are a full-service book printing and binding company that has served self-published authors since 2004. We are an affordable option for self-published authors everywhere. To learn more, contact us at 1-800-259-2592, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com to get more information about our book publishing services.