The Difference Between Traditionally Published and Self-Published Books

If you dream of writing a book for your therapy, coaching or holistic health business, you have two main options to getting it published: traditionally published or self-published.

the worst thing you write quoteWith traditional publishing, you have a contract with a publisher to provide them with a manuscript of your book. They will then take on the job of getting it published and have the distribution network to sell it.  The publisher will also own the rights to the book.

A self-published book is published by the author so they own the rights to it and receive all the royalties. Advancements in technology such as print on demand and eReaders have made this an attractive option for anyone wanting to write a book.  No longer do you have to pay for thousands of copies to be printed and have to fulfil your own orders.

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Difference between traditionally published and self-published books

Traditional publishing – pros

Traditional publishing – cons

Self-publishing – pros

Self-publishing – cons

Why is my book being published traditionally?

mark david gerson quoteI was extremely lucky (and honoured) to be approached by a publisher.  If I’m honest, a book wasn’t on my radar at that point but I know the power of having a book for my business. For me, traditional publishing was the best way to introduce myself to the world of becoming an author.  I had the structure and processes in place to support me and also to keep me accountable.

Best self-publishing resources

If you want to self-publish a book, Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn has great resources.  She makes her living as a professional writer and has published both fiction and non-fiction titles.  Her books, podcast and courses will help you navigate self-publishing and marketing your book.

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