Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

5 Important Questions to Ask Before You Submit Your Manuscript

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1) How Long Does Your Book Have to Be?

Although there is no “official” length for books, established publishers definitely have ideas about how long books should be. These publishing standards vary from genre to genre.

2) How Much Control Do You Want Over Your Book?

Some writers and authors appreciate editorial feedback. They encourage others to give them an outside perspective and provide insight into which characters and scenes they should cut out or focus more attention on. Other writers and authors appreciate the ability to execute their own artistic vision. There really is no wrong choice here.

3) How Much Submitting are You Willing to Do?

Believe it or not, 16 publishers rejected The Diary of Anne Frank, 12 rejected the first Harry Potter book, and 121 publishers rejected Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

4) How Much Promotion (or Marketing) are You Willing to Do?

Now, that brings us to another very important piece to becoming a successful writer and author. You see, when you have a traditional publishing company releasing your book, it’s true they will do some of the marketing and promotion of your book, but they will still expect (better yet, require) you to do about half (if not more) of the marketing work yourself.

5) How Soon Do You Want Your Book to Be Out on The Market?

Lastly, if you are the patient type, the traditional publishing route could be the path for you. You see, it takes an average of two years to see your book in stores when being published by an established publisher.

Now Over to You

I hope after reviewing all the questions, and their explanations, you have a better idea about which publishing route is the best fit for you and your writing career, as well as for your particular book.

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