In one of our previous articles, we had a look at the publication process, to be more specific, we looked at traditional publishing. There is however, another type of publication process— self publishing. Now, remember how the first step to traditional publishing is getting your work to a publisher? Well, in self-publishing, there is no involvement of an established publisher. When an author publishes a draft without going through such a publisher, the author controls the entire process and it is known as self-publishing. Whether it be books, e-books, magazines or articles for blogs, when published in this manner, the author has autonomy over sections like design, marketing, distribution and other areas.
In contrast with the traditional process where the cost is born by the publisher, in self-publishing the costs for tasks such as editing and marketing are taken care of by the authors themselves. This means that instead of the publisher earning most of the profit, the authors themselves will keep a large chunk of it. Now the actual process of this publication involves the tasks that the author has to take care of. Once the author is done with the creative writing part, which is the draft of their narrative, the work needs to undergo processes like editing, formatting as well as marketing and other aspects of publishing. Now, the author could do all these tasks or could outsource them to professionals. One of the first tasks would be editing. Having a professional editor would be one of the greatest strengths of a writer, especially, if it is someone who will have monetary benefit from the success of the book. The technical aspects of formatting and formatting come next. These tasks are usually complex and time-consuming and not many authors have the patient to go through with it themselves. However, depending on the author, these tasks could be outsourced or done by oneself.
In order to sell the book, the author will have to obtain an ISBN; this is assuming that the author is not selling directly to the reader. The International Standard Book Number is required to uniquely identify the title of a book. This is a global standard used for all titles throughout the world. Self-publishing companies provide their own ISBN or give out specific instructions on how to get one.
Self-published books often have stigma attached to them regarding their quality as they are sometimes seen as rejects of traditional publishing. Such stigma along with the risks and extra effort that self-publishing requires keeps away a lot of writers. Despite all these, the biggest advantage of the self-publishing process is the freedom it gives to an author over their own work. Therefore, if you are one of those people who would love to retain their autonomy over their work, then this might be the process for you.
About the Author
Christy is a student, part-time writer, and a full-time Wannabe. She devours books and binges shows.