Self-publishing is a great way to save time and money for the unknown author. We look for inspiration and direction in today's business and personal world. We all have knowledge and expertise that we want to share with others in the form of a book.
Publishing a book used to be a tedious, costly, frustrating, and sometimes disappointing process. Although traditional publishing was once the only option, self publishing online is now a viable alternative. One of the most important advantages of self-publishing is that the author maintains their Intellectual Property rights.
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Many people are unwilling to lose control of their Intellectual Property rights through traditional publishing. You can also self-publish in as little as 3-6 months, compared to traditional publishing which takes up to one year. Self-publishing actually has a higher royalty percentage than traditional publishing.
This is another advantage for self-publishers. Although your Amazon distribution percentage may be low, the profit you make on all sales is 100% if you sell your books directly at your office, online, or at events. Traditional publishing is about 4%-15%. Print on demand is becoming more popular.
You don't need to buy hundreds of books to store in your basement or garage. Print-on-demand services let you order as many books as you want, or as few as ten. Self-publishers who make mistakes on their first printing run might find this useful. It can be difficult to get rid of books that have errors, whether they are a hundred or one thousand.