The Different Ways to Self-Publish a Book

Almost all authors started out their jobs by self-publishing their own book. And you can do the same. Almost all you need is gain access to a PC and an internet connection. The condition with reading anything about self-publishing is that there are disagreeing statements on almost any website and it’s really all written in a whole lot jargon that the more you read the most confused you feel.

There are 4 different methods to publish a book:

Traditional Posting

With traditional publishing, there is not any cost to the author. You may pitch your book to an agent or directly to a publisher to try and encourage them to submit your book for you.

According to Mindstir Media, Currently, only about one particular from every 50, 500 books submitted are successful. But if your reserve is accepted for distribution it will probably be 18 months to 4 years before your publication is in print and you may still be expected to market and promote your book yourself for a royalty payment of around 10% for each and every book sold. It can be 10% of the net amount, which is actually the writer actually sells the e-book for, or 10% of the price on the cover of the publication.

Vanity Publishing

This really is sometimes called Subsidy Self-Publishing but whatever you choose to call it up, it means that you, the writer, pay a vanity writer to do all the work that a traditional publisher would have done. You are doing get paid higher royalties, usually from 25% to 40%, but it can still take quite a while before you make your money back again, depending on how much you paid to have your book published in the first place.

POD Posting

Print on Demand posting lets you self-publish your book with the minimum price. POD books are separately printed when an order is put which means no warehousing costs and this drastically reduces creation costs. But Print on Demand companies is usually only printers, not marketers, even though will offer some submitting services. And so really still to the source to market and sell their own work.

Therefore before you approach a company, your manuscript must be what they call “copy ready”. This means that your manuscript must be formatted correctly, all the necessary pages are included (e. g. copyright laws page, disclaimer page, etc) and you have a book cover ready for printing. For more information, you can visit here.


As you submit a book yourself you take on all the work that a traditional publisher would have done for you. This includes having your book imprinted, shipped, distributed and yourself have to manage your entire own paperwork.