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Traditional vs. Independent Author Publishing

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

Have you ever wanted to write and publish your own book? I know there is a story in each of us that would make a great book. Our experiences in life shape how we look at the world around us and every view is unique.

I have published a few books and I would like to encourage you to take the steps to get your bestselling story out there for the masses to enjoy.

There are so many pros and cons to traditional and Independent Author Publishing. Do your research is the best advice that I could give anyone starting out in the literary industry.

Still not sure which road to take, ASK QUESTIONS!!

Every author will have a story to tell and reasons why they chose the path they took on. My take on this subject is “I don’t like rules” traditional publishing just seemed too restrictive but don’t get me wrong I’m very curious about how the process will go for my book one day.

On the flipside being an independent author is HARD work. You become your own publishing company. Yes, I realize that I can make more in Royalties but there is so much to consider with that as well. Traditional publishing will give you cash advances, but everyone gets a percentage off the top before you. In hindsight they take full control once the deal is made, making the production process easier.

Being independent means having complete control, and it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be, sometimes the to do list gets so long, you just want to pass the baton. I didn't realize then but now I know all I want to do is write.

So, I had to build a team just like the traditional publishing company but on a much smaller scale. You will need an editor, proofreaders, formatter, a skilled cover designer, social media navigator, promoter, printer and distribution team.

It can be done you may have to ask, invest financially, or dig your heels in and do it yourself. Everyone’s journey will be different.

Learn fast from your mistakes but don’t sweat the small stuff.

Theresa Elizabeth has brought 2 well selling books to the open market.

Hermajesty published in 2020 and

published in 2021.

She is currently finishing her 3rd novel Broken Bricks set to launch in May 2022.

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