DIY publishing: pros and cons
CREATIVE CONTROL: Authors have complete creative control, and can do anything they want with it, limited only by their creativity.
COPYRIGHT: Author owns all copyright.
SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS: The author owns all subsidiary rights.
CONTROL COSTS: The author has complete control over costs.
ROYALTY: All proceeds from direct sales belong to the author. That is, 100% royalty!
SELLING PRICE: Author determines the selling price of the book, as well as how and where it is sold.
DIRECT SELLING: Author retains all proceeds, no one else gets a cut (apart from third-party costs).
UPFRONT COSTS: Authors are responsible for all publishing costs. (They can be as frugal as they want.)
THIRD-PARTY COSTS: Author may incur third-party costs for editing, proofreading and design
DISTRIBUTION: Local bookshop placements can be a challenge as stores tend not to deal with individuals, but this may be achieved with some vigorous legwork and persistence. However, direct selling is better.
LISTING: Listing on major sites, like Amazon, might be difficult for a novice, no matter how easy people say it is. But do you really need them?
E-BOOKS: The author may incur third-party costs for e-book production. Selling them is another matter
ISBN AND CIP: The author will have to manage this by herself, but it is not that difficult. Again to a novice ...
SELLING PRICE (RRP): This is determined by the company and can be much too high for the local market.
FACE TIME: The author will have no face-to-face contact with any publishing professional. Only well-meaning friends who can sometimes give terribly bad advice.
MARKETING: Authors will have to promote their own book. Social media and flea markets are good.
AUTHOR COPIES: Hey, the author owns the whole damn thing!
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