What’s Right For You? Traditional or Indie Publishing?

Traditional or Indie Publishing?

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The latest episode of the Struggling Indie Author Podcast went live today. I sat down with Mariah Sinclair of Coverdesignerdirectory.com.

Finding a cover designer can be difficult and ovewhelming. Mariah gives us tips to use to vet cover designers as well as advice on how to establish and maintain a great working relationship with them.

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Choosing between traditional and indie publishing for your book can be a daunting task. There seems to be an endless sea of possibilities and options. Here are my top 3 tips for choosing between Indie and Traditional publishing.

  1. If you are on the fence at all, try the traditional route first. Once you’ve published your book, you cannot take it back or undo it. Many traditional publishers will not take a book that has already been published. Has it happened? Of course! Is it rare, and does the book need to be doing really well? Yes.
  2. Vanity publishers are not self-publishing. Reputable publishers do not ask you for money AND your book and sign away the rights to your work.
  3. If you are thinking about publishing traditionally for the sole purpose of not wanting to market your book, think again. Many Trad publishers now ask you what YOUR marketing plan is. Gone are the days of big advances, book signings, and lavish launch parties. Might they still happen on occasion? Yes. There are no hard and fast rules to any of this. I’m merely speaking in terms of likelihoods and probabilities. It’s still worth a shot if that is what your dream is.

For a more in-depth look into traditional vs Indie publishing, download my FREE toolkit today.

I discuss the process of traditional publishing from start to finish, vanity and hybrid publishers, and the process of indie publishing along with a self-publishing comparison chart!

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