In “Why Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing either one. Future posts will consider some of these issues.Five reasons why a writer should go with a traditional publisher. Click To Tweet
To start the discussion, here are five reasons why a writer should go with a traditional publisher:
1) Wider Distribution: Traditional publishers have distribution avenues that are effectively not available to self-published books. Sure, there are work-around solutions, but they’re limited and require much time and effort. Traditional publishers handle the distribution, easy peasy.
2) An Advance: Traditional publishers provide an advance. While the advances are getting smaller, they still exist. Self-publishers never receive an advance. In fact, self-publishing costs money, so it’s like a negative advance.
3) More Prestige: An author of a traditionally published book earns greater respect and garners more esteem.
4) Higher Quality: Traditional publishers generally produce a higher quality product. There are more eyes looking at it to catch errors and make it the best they can.
5) They Do the Heavy Lifting: What about e-books, hard cover and paperback, press releases, cover designs, ISBN and bar codes, back cover material, and author photos? A traditional publisher handles all these items. There’s nothing for the author to master or worry about; traditional publishers make it happen.
Given all this, why would anyone want to self-publish? Next week, we’ll consider why.