Self-publishing and traditional publishing are two different methods of getting a book or other written work published and distributed to readers.
Traditional publishing involves submitting a manuscript to a publishing house, where it will be reviewed by an editor or literary agent. If the work is accepted, the publisher will handle the editing, design, production, distribution, and marketing of the book. The author may receive an advance payment and a royalty on each copy sold, but they will also give up some control over the creative and business aspects of their work to the publisher.
Self-publishing, on the other hand, involves the author taking on all the responsibilities of the publishing process, including editing, formatting, design, production, distribution, and marketing. The author will have complete control over their work and will keep a larger portion of the profits, but they will also bear the financial and time-consuming responsibilities of the publishing process.
In traditional publishing, the review and acceptance process can be lengthy and may involve multiple rejections before a book is accepted. In self-publishing, the author has complete control over the publication process and can publish their work immediately.
Traditional publishing provides the support and resources of a publishing house, but also involves giving up some control and creative freedom. Self-publishing allows for complete control and creative freedom, but also requires a significant amount of effort and investment from the author.
Ultimately, the decision between self-publishing and traditional publishing will depend on the individual author’s goals, resources, and the type of book they have written.