- Publishing Options Chart
Publishing Options Chart
Book publishing is complicated, confusing, and rapidly changing. The chart below gives a broad overview addressing questions authors frequently ask me. Each of the following publishing options has its drawbacks and benefits.
Although the following chart offers accurate information for most projects, there are exceptions to every rule—aspects of your particular book could result in outcomes different from what you see here. For instance, some authors retain intellectual property rights even when they work with a traditional publisher, and traditional book publishers are beginning to offer a la carte service that characterize self and hybrid publishers. For more information go to Publishing Overview
|Publishing Option||Intellectual Property Ownership||Book Distribution||Marketing||Author Profit||Upfront Costs (Print)|
|Self||Author||Author’s responsibility||Author’s responsibility||40% to 70%||Production, distribution, and fulfillment|
|Traditional||Publisher||Publisher’s responsibility||Author and publisher’s responsibility||6% to 15% royalty minus advances||none|
|Hybrid||Author||Publisher’s responsibility||Author’s responsibility/ publishers offer services at a cost||30% to 35%||Production, distribution, and fulfillment|
Overall, self and hybrid publishing provide authors higher per-unit payouts than traditional publishing. Meanwhile, traditional publishers take on book production costs but pay authors less per unit sold.
There is no one-size fits all formula to determine the option best for you. To address the specifics of your project, complete the contact form on the left or call me today.