In the last few years, the rapid evolution of technology has changed publishing dramatically. Today, anyone can publish a book. There are individuals and companies galore who will help you with every part of the process. But all these possibilities can be confusing. Before you sign on with any publisher, be sure you know what kind of deal you are making.
The world of publishing is like any other profession – it has its rules, its standards, its jargon, and its gatekeepers. As an author with a book to publish, you need to understand the options available to you.
Every type of publishing has pros and cons. Time, cost, quality, service, and support are all variable factors, and understanding what is available will help you choose the right publisher for your work.
Your basic choices are:
Commercial and Self-Publishing or Independent Publishing are valid choices based on a number of factors. Vanity/Subsidy Publishers should almost always be avoided.
This is just an overview and we encourage you to do research on your own. Make your choice only after you are sure you understand what you are signing up for. Ask questions, insist on answers, and don't let anyone pressure you. It's your book, your dream.
To get started – and to know what to watch for – click on each of the links in the left column or above. You'll find a discussion including the Pros and Cons of each type of publishing to help you decide what's best for you.
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