Self-Publishing VS Traditional: Advantages and Disadvantages

Comparing the differences and similarities between to find out how they work and which is more accessible.

With the help of technology and the rise of social media, self-publishing has been made easier and more accessible to many people, and aspiring writers want to publish their stories and reach readers through the internet.

With that being said, most people would believe that the traditional way of publishing is slowly going downhill. However, the conventional method of publishing is still alive and well. 

First of all, there is one way to spot if a book is self-published or traditionally published: 

  • A book is self-published if the author owns the rights and royalties.
  • Books are usually issued when the publisher owns the rights and royalties.

Both self-publishing and traditional publishing have many benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of those goods’ advantages and disadvantages to help you choose which publishing method you like most.

Advantages of Self-Publishing

Unquestionably, the benefits of self-publishing a book motivate many authors to choose this route for their readers. Some passages may lead you to believe that publishing the book alone would be preferable due to the significant difference it creates.

Better Book Control

One of the best reasons for self-publishing is that you have complete freedom and control over your book’s appearance and content. It means that you not only have the full authority to write what you want and design your book however you want, but you can also choose the format you want to report it in.

Much Better Royalties

Traditionally, publishers pay authors royalties on the books they sell. For example, you get 10-15% of the list price for each book sold, with the rest of the profit going to the publisher. On the other hand, you can get up to 70% off the list price by self-publishing on Amazon. Additionally, self-publishing through Amazon and other sites allows you to retain the rights to adaptations of movies, TV shows, and even comics.

Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

Lack of Editorial Support

From editing to proofreading and correcting some flaws in your manuscript, self-publishing your book requires you to do everything yourself.It will require you to put more effort and time into improving your book rather than composing it. Having no editing team to back you up would be hard on you.Additionally, you would have to hire people to help you with those tasks.

Lack of Marketing Support

Like with your editing, you will have to market your books yourself and plan how to reach readers to read them,  meaning you will need to allocate time to creating a marketing plan for your books or, if you prefer,  hire people to help you with the marketing.It would be difficult to spread your story to the globe without a marketing team to support you because you would have to take your time to consider how to do it.

Advantages of Traditional Publishing


Traditionally published authors often gain influence when attached to a publisher. Authors would benefit from having experts by their side to help them achieve their goals. Usually, bookstore managers generally favor authors  who are traditionally published more than those who are self-published  because traditionally published books have more credibility than those who are self-published.

A Team To Help

Publishing your book through a publisher means that they will ensure that your book will be error-free and marketed to the right audience, or maybe even pitch the interest of those who saw it. Having a team helps you focus more on writing and successfully generating your ideas into words.

Disadvantages of Traditional Publishing


It is unavoidable to have disagreements with the publisher because there are things or factors that both you and the publisher do not understand. This is due to the differences in opinion  that both parties might have.

Slow to Publish

That said, publishing your book with a publisher will be relatively slow because of the processes and procedures your story will go through to ensure that the publisher can deliver a quality book that the publisher, writer, and readers will like.

As a writer, publishing your book or your story can make you feel happy and give you that sense of satisfaction after hours and days of writing. For all those sleepless nights and those stressful days, understand that either way of publishing is good, and it is your decision on which way you want your book to be published.

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