Self-publishing is the act of publishing a book by the author himself without involving any third party publisher to aid in the process or to take over the process. Self-publishing is generally done at the author’s expense.
Self-publishing is preferred by those who want to take the control in their own hands instead of relying on traditional publishing methods. Here are some of the characteristics or features of self-publishing:
– Complete control – When you choose self-publishing, you have complete control over how you want your book to be and you can publish it however you want. It is no longer looked down upon as a ‘cheap’ method of publishing books, in fact it has been gaining deserving popularity all over.
– Saves time and money – Yes, self-publishing does save time and money!
– Retain ‘rights’ to work – You have the complete right to publish your work in the way you want, which isn’t necessarily the same when you choose the traditional publishing method
– Keep the profits – Almost 90% of the price of the book goes to the traditional publisher when you choose that option, so the choice is yours whether or not you want to keep your profits.
– Control – As mentioned earlier, you have the complete control over how you want to sell the book, at what price, etc.