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Different kinds of self publishing

  1. 1. Different Kinds of Self-Publishingby imjetred | on March 5, 2013http://www.empowernetwork.com/imjetred/
  2. 2. There are three major kinds of self-publishing thatare adapted by authors, namely, vanity publishing,subsidy publishing, and true self-publishingSelf Publishing, part 3With the emergence of modern copiers and sophisticated printing technology,many authors are now opting to get into self-publishing rather than to stick toconventional third-party printing.The reason could be quite obvious. Authors like the prospect of having to stickto their own creativity and style, without the need to please and fill thestandards of publishers and editors.In terms of revenues, self-publishing is also promising greener pasturescompared to the conventional kind of publishing.Not known to many, self-publishing has been around evenduring the start of the industry’s long and windinghistory. The practice has taken several forms through theyears.These days, there are three major kinds of self-publishing that are adapted by authors, namely,vanitypublishing, subsidy publishing, and true self-publishing.
  3. 3. Vanity publishingIn reality, vanity publishing is pejorative. The practice is that a publisher contracts with an author withoutgiving much regard to the quality as well as marketability of content. The term is called such because in thisarrangement, publishers are basically appealing to an author’s vanity, which mainly is the desire to becomea full-pledged published author. This kind of self-publishing is usually most attractive among new writers.Vanity presses exist under the guise of subsidy or joint venture presses. However, in this arrangement, theauthor agrees to shoulder every cost of publication. He also agrees to take all the existing risks. Publishershave nothing to lose in vanity press deals. They would earn money from the fees they would collect from theauthors (yes, the authors pay publishers fees for publishing their work). Many experts are advising writersto stay away from such presses.In reality, many writers/authors are willingly and knowingly entering such deals because they are inprinciple putting more importance on having their work commercially published rather than on gainingprofit from it.To some, vanity press is a stepping stone, more of a springboard into the tight publishing industry. Expertsbelieve most published materials through vanity presses fail commercially because content is criticized byskeptics, distributors, and even readers. This could be because the quality is not judged by an independentbody prior to massive printing.
  4. 4. Subsidy publishingSubsidy publishing is almost like vanity publishing only that inthis arrangement, the publisher agrees to contribute some tocosts, specifically in adjunct services like editing, warehousing,distribution, and in part, marketing.However, such adjunct services are most of the time minimal. Inthe long run, the commercial publisher possesses and owns thebook, but the author gets royalties for every copy sold in themarket. It is also a standard practice that subsidy publishers keepsome rights in the book.Lastly, authors are given minimal say and control over otherproduction aspects like cover design.
  5. 5. True self-publishingTrue self-publishing is the best option among all three. This is real self-publishing. In this setup, the author takes care of everything, from writingcontent, marketing, storage, distribution, and all other publishing aspects.Every right to the book is owned by the author. The books are registered asthe author’s intellectual property, with the author getting all the right toenjoy the proceeds from sales.In the long run, true self-publishing is deemed most cost effective becausethe author could have control over variable publishing factors. He couldalso enjoy more freedom in terms of style and earning.Click here to read moreof self-publishingarticles.
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