Should You Pay For Publishing?
Founder, Steam Powered Dreams
Authorpreneur, Editor, and Publisher
Alright, it’s not really that simple, I’m just being dramatic. But the truth is whether you’re paying now or paying later, publishing does cost money, with the exception of the aforementioned DIY Author.
I know it sounds a bit vague, so let’s look at two examples.
Paying Someone To Publish Your Book
Paying For Publication
The worst part of the second example is it happens every day to authors. While there are a few of these vanity publishers who are legit, most are to be avoided at all costs.
What About Traditional Publishing?
Even big name publishers have cut way back on their budget for lesser known authors. Many times the only marketing you’ll get included with the publication is a place on their website, an announcement in their newsletter, and a few social media posts scattered here and there. This leaves you to foot the bill for marketing. And since they’re providing the high-quality edits and design, your royalties are a lot lower, usually less than 10%.
So, Should I Pay For Publishing?
My advice is to avoid vanity publishing, make sure you get all the details of any contract straight before you sign, and put in the hard work to market your book. Following this as your guide will all but ensure the success of your masterpiece.