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SNM167: Traditional Publishers are Trash

Most people who write a book believe that they have to go to a well-known publisher to get the covers done, make edits, and promote the piece. While this is certainly an option, we find that, nowadays, traditional publishers are trash.

Yes, this is an extremely bold statement, but we feel that they take away too much of the original intent of the book. They’ve got all the rights here; these companies can change anything and everything to make it fit a particular genre or mindset. You’ve spent months or years on this piece of writing; it is yours. You put your name to it, and it should stay the way you made it.

Why Choose Independent Publishing

writers looking for independent publishers elf publishing animated illustrationYou have to look at traditional publishing vs. independent publishing to get an idea of them both. With conventional options, you hand over your manuscript and let the firm do whatever it wants. When you choose self-publishing, you are the publisher and can keep the context the same while creating a cover that you like.

Here is the main reason why traditional publishers suck:

  • It’s more profitable to DIY or go digital.
  • There are no upfront costs (for the most part).
  • You’re paying yourself instead of the publishing firm.
  • You have more control over the process.

This is not an exhaustive list, though it does help you understand why it’s better to become an independent publisher rather than letting the big corporations take over.

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Benefits Of Independent Publishing

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There are seemingly endless benefits of being an independent publisher. For example, the production process is much shorter. You’re using a small press, which can sometimes launch a book in just six months. Plus, you’re in control of overseeing all aspects of the book, such as the cover, editing needs, and keeping things the same.

Since you’re doing it all yourself, there’s no fear of rejection, either. You can write about anything and get it published. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s excellent or that anyone is going to read it, but it can get out there.

If it becomes a popular book (or a best-seller), you’re going to get higher royalties because you’re not sharing with a publishing firm. This can also mean you get paid faster and more frequently, though this depends on many factors.

With so many reasons to self-publish or use a small press, you’re going to be on your way to getting published and ensuring it happens on your terms. Listen to our episode on why traditional publishers aren’t ideal.

Show Notes:

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Key Points:

  1. Traditional publishers take control of your book
  2. Traditional publishers are not adapting to the modern market
  3. Start publishing your book independently

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