Probably one of the most heated debates in the literary world. Which one is better? If you ask the writing community across social media, you will find many strong opinions about both. In this article, I will try and give an objective list of the pros and cons to help you decide for yourself.
The backing of a company
Cover design, formatting, finding an editor all taken care of
Initial marketing push
Implied Prestige and legitimacy
More/easier access to brick and mortar stores
Advances and multiple book contracts
Less control over your work
Low royalty rates
Complete creative control
Produce and publish on your own schedule
The possibility of higher royalty rates
Flexibility in content (niche markets)
Covering production and marketing costs
Harder to get into brick and mortar stores
Not all authors choose between the two. A lot of traditionally published authors self publish works for niche markets not represented well by traditional publishing. On the other side of it, many self-published authors still send out queries and pursue agents to traditionally publish their work at some point. The writing world doesn’t have to be one or the other. It all comes down to what makes sense for you and your work.