Traditional publishing and self-publishing are two distinct methods of getting your book into the hands of readers. While both options have their advantages and disadvantages, understanding the key differences can help you determine the best path for your publishing journey.

  1. Control: In traditional publishing, authors surrender a significant amount of control over the editorial, design, and marketing aspects of their book to the publishing house. On the other hand, self-publishing offers authors complete control over every aspect of their book, from the content to the cover design.
  2. Time to publication: Traditional publishing can be a slow process, with months or even years between the time an author submits their work and the book is finally published. Self-publishing, on the other hand, allows authors to move quickly from writing to publication, often in a matter of weeks.
  3. Royalties and profits: Traditional publishing houses usually offer authors a smaller percentage of the profits from their book sales in exchange for their support in editing, design, and marketing. Self-publishing authors, on the other hand, typically earn a higher percentage of the profits, but they also bear the costs of editing, design, and marketing.

Ultimately, the choice between traditional publishing and self-publishing will depend on the individual author’s goals, resources, and preferences. Some authors may find the support and exposure offered by traditional publishers to be invaluable, while others may prefer the control and higher profits of self-publishing. By considering the key differences, authors can make an informed decision that is right for them.

Intertype Publishing and Printing isn’t a traditional publisher. We provide services to authors so that then can professionally self-publish their books, with global reach and without costing the Earth.