Traditional Publishing vs. Self Publishing

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There are many ways for independent authors to reach their audience with electronic technology applied to publishing strategies. At Arc Light Books, custom options are applied to each project. You work with a single, dedicated professional who has both traditional- and self-publishing savvy.

Self Publishing is a system of for independent authors to publish books themselves using the World Wide Web. Self-publishing authors fund and manage their own projects, with bigger royalty percentages, but often less access to the press. You can do it yourself, or pay for help from editors, designers, and online publishers. Before print-on-demand (POD) technology, self-published authors often ended up with a garage full of books they couldn’t sell. Digitization changed that, and Internet production and sales has legitimized self publishing as a vibrant addition to the industry. At Arc Light Books there are no standard packages or templates. Your book project is directed by you, managed by us, and gets exactly the custom services it needs to stay in print until you retire it.

♦ Self Publishing goes at the author’s pace
♦ Accommodates quick turn-around from completed manuscript
♦ Bigger royalty percent but slower to build audience, reach the press, and garner reviews
♦ Your book stays in print until you decide to retire it, with a leisurely rise in exposure

Traditional Trade Publishing is a system for publishing houses to produce and sell books to the general public through brick-and-mortar bookstores. Authors who publish traditionally sign a book deal, often with an advance payment, when a proposal for his or her book is successfully submitted and accepted. Book proposals can be sent directly to some publishers and literary agents who submit to publishers. You find the ones that best fit your project. Publishers and literary agents are interested in projects that promise book sales. If a book doesn’t meet expected numbers in its first year, it will often go out of print.

♦ Traditional Publishing is a slow process with publisher driven deadlines
♦ Expect one to two or more years from completed manuscript
♦ Complex contracts and bigger overhead result in smaller royalty percent, but more opportunity for reviews
♦ Publishers can get fast exposure for your book, and can stop printing it if sales are too low