Authors today have more options for releasing their books, whether they choose to distribute hard copy print books, or digital e-books, or both. The digital media industry has made self-publishing more popular, and accessible to anyone who’s interested.
- A commercial publisher distributes books under its own imprint. It purchases manuscripts from authors, and handles the cost of producing those manuscripts: cover and interior design, typesetting, printing, marketing, distribution, etc. The author is not expected to pay any of these costs. The books are owned by the publisher and remain in the publisher’s possession until sold; the author receives a portion of sales in the form of royalties.
- A subsidy publisher also distributes books under its own imprint. However, it does not purchase manuscripts; instead, it asks authors to pay for the cost of publication. Any publisher that requests a fee from the author is a subsidy publisher. As with commercial publishers, the books are owned by the publisher and remain in the publisher’s possession; authors receive royalties.
- A self-publisher is an author who pays for the cost of designing, printing, and distributing his or her book. Frequently, the author invents and registers a publishing “imprint.” Self-published books are the property of the author and usually remain in the author’s possession; all sales proceeds belong to the author.
Self-publishing requires more work form the author, but it allows you to remaing owner of your own book. Self-publishing also, allows you to write more freely and keep more of the profit your book generates.
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