Five reasons why self-publishing beats traditional publishing
Guest Blog by Yvonne Capitelli
Someone recently asked me why I self-published. The truth is, when I finally decided the time was right to make my lifelong dream of writing children’s books a reality, it never occurred to me to start searching for a traditional publisher. I literally dove in! When my manuscript was complete, I searched the internet and library reading everything I could find on how to self-publish. I took one small step at a time and before long I was holding my dream in my hands. I think it’s because when I was young my parents instilled in me that I could be and do anything I put my mind to. There is always a way to figure things out if you are determined and persevere. I apply this concept to everything I’ve ever accomplished. Since my first book, I’ve experienced self-publishing and traditional publishing and I strongly encourage you to take the plunge and self-publish.
- You have complete creative freedom. After all, it is your baby. Why not write the story you’ve always imagined, choose the illustrator, the title and cover. A word of advice… pay attention to all the little details. Make sure your book and media has a professional presentation: terrific cover, expert editing, formatting, spine detail, website, blog, publishing logo, advertising material, etc..
- Some writers spend years searching for a publisher without success. Funds permitting, you can self-publish within months. EBook and Print On Demand self-publishing takes less than a week, it is extremely inexpensive and you can have worldwide distribution in a few weeks. (Worldwide exposure for less than what it would cost to print up advertising post cards and mail them. That’s incredible!)
- You will make more money (royalties) and receive a much higher percentage from sales. Instead of 6% from a traditional publisher, if you self-print, you could receive as much as 75% when you want copies of your book. (Ed. note: POD (Print On Demand) also offers authors much higher returns than traditional publishing).
- You don’t have to wait; you can publish your book now. You are the publisher and the author and since you’re wearing both hats, you’re in complete control over when, where and how. You will acquire an understanding of marketing and get feedback directly from your readers. You can always decide in the future to have a traditional publisher take over the printing and sales of your book. Your success of being a published author is up to you. An informative book that will help any indie author is 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.
- Most importantly you hold all the rights to your book and have complete freedom over all aspects of your dream.
About Yvonne Capitelli:
Yvonne Capitelli is an authoritative children’s author and children’s motivational speaker. She has five awards to her credit for her debut, bestselling children’s book Daria Rose and The Day She Chose. They include: 2012 Nominated Best Author of Long Island, 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award and KART Kids Book List, 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist, and 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Bronze Award Mind-BodySpirit/Self Esteem and Preferred Choice Award Creative Child Magazine.
Her books are fun, educational, beautifully illustrated and all center around imparting important life lessons. Children and adults alike will benefit from her fun and engaging stories that make you realize the amazing power we all have within.
The author’s children’s book, I Get It! I Get It! How John Figures it Out, released January 2012, is about one boy’s journey and triumph with Auditory Processing Disorder. It received the Book of The Year award from Creative Child Magazine. Ms. Capitelli’s second book of her Daria Rose Making Good Choices Series is due for release later this year.
About First Edition Design Publishing:
First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.