As I discussed on a past blog post, there are several ways to publish a book. Today I want to make a quick comparison of two that are probably very similar, yet not the same.
Unlike self-publishing, the subsidy publishing house distributes books under its own imprint. Both types of publishing have advantages and disadvantages. It all truly depends of the type of publishing that suits your personality and needs. Here are a few points of comparison that could come in handy when choosing:
With self-publishing you have complete control over every aspect of the production of your book, including interior design, graphics, typeface, cover, trim size, etc.
On the other hand, most subsidy publishers offer standard templates for interior design, typeface, size, cover, etc. If you wish to modify any of these elements, you will generally have to pay extra, but these are usually templates that could work with your book perfectly.
With self-publishing you receive all revenues from the sales of your books. You are also able to set your own pricing and discount terms. Make sure to check on prices of books similar to yours, so your prices are fairly matched with your competition, and you are not leaving potential profits on the table.
With subsidy publishing you are paid a percentage of revenues on book sales in the form of royalties. Your royalty may also be affected by where the book is sold and/or discounts offered.
When you self-publish you retain all rights to your book, and can do as you please with it. While digital subsidy publishers could make few demands on the book’s rights, print subsidy publishers often demand the same rights as commercial publishers, only with fewer services.
Self-published book are owned by the author, no catch there. With subsidy publishing regardless of what you paid to produce your books, you do not own them. If you want additional copies over you must pay extra for them, although generally at an author’s discount of around 40%.
Self-publishers are free to make their own decisions about marketing, including the price of their book, discounts, giveaways, special offers, group discounts, etc. As the profit margin potentiallyis higher, you can afford to invest in a variety of marketing efforts.
Subsidy publishing houses, usually allow you to plan your own marketing campaign, but not always the prices you can charge.
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