Infographically Explained: Should You Self-Publish or Go Traditional?



The Write Life publishes an infographic to help authors decide whether they should pursue self-publishing or follow the path of traditional publishing.

In a discussion of this infographic, Mutterings of a Fantasy Writer refers to July 2014 Author Earnings Report which reports some statistics about “emerging trends in the world of digital publishing”

One thing that I’ve wanted to point out is that I think there is a general misconception with traditional and self publishers about “getting the book out there.” There is no “out there.” There is only “who is for” and “how is the author cultivating and adding value for readers.” People read and share information based on trust in relationships, and we should bear that in mind when we write/publish a book.

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30 thoughts on “Infographically Explained: Should You Self-Publish or Go Traditional?”

  1. I think this is among the so much vital information for me.

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  2. Authors and writers need to understand that self publishing is also about being business savvy. Not only do they have to write, but they also have to put their marketing heads on. It means more research regarding the retail platforms they use, but if a good strategy is put in place, print on demand can create much more profit via royalties than through traditional publishing.

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  3. I’m lazy. I don’t want to do all my own work, I want someone else to say:
    “hey, this is pretty good, I’ll edit it and publish it for you. I’ll send you a list of the stuff you have to do so you don’t have to figure anything out on your own.”
    I’m for a publisher, I think. Of course, I’ve never published anything.
    Too lazy.

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      1. Well, since I could NEVER make a deadline for a publisher, that’s out too. Honestly, I don’t know how writers do it. I write when I’m moved to write, but if it became a job for me…
        Staring at a blank page without anything to say is daunting.
        Especially for the lazy. Lazy is a medical condition; I’ll have you know. I have a very serious case of DWDS (don’t wanna do stuff) and there is no cure *sniffle*.


  4. Reblogged this on Dogs On My Mind and commented:
    My mom showed me this today. I want to be a writer. I love creative writing, mostly about dogs or at least stories with a dog. My mom is always telling me to start thinking about what kind of writer I want to be for fun and what I want to do as a job. I said I would like to be an editor. It makes this chart less scary.


  5. Wonderfully stated! I am in the throes of deciding whether I am “Just a writer” or ready to pursue publishing either indie or with some backing. Thank you for the clarity!

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  6. Reblogged this on ked and commented:
    Great way to sum up the decision! I know a few of you are going through this debate right now…


  7. There is not one book in the universe that can please everyone. The thing about writing is the full truth that not everyone will like your book. There is however those who want to read it, those are the “who it is for”. If you want to try to become a millionaire, then hope that your book fits EXACTLY what they are looking for, because a lot of the time it doesn’t and a lot of the time it is thrown into file 13, never even seen by human eyes, except yours.
    That is the sad truth about it. To become successful, either way, you have to pound the pavement or the e-queries that most agents have turned to. Marketing is essential whether traditionally or self-published. Even the “Big Publishing Companies” don’t pound the pavement for you. It is obvious by the many books on the bookstore shelves that are part of a “big publisher”, yet no one has ever heard of them.

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