There are four primary benefits to self-publishing your book.

Benefit #1

One of the first benefits that comes to mind regarding choosing self-publishing over traditional publishing is the fact that you are in control. If you’ve ever tried to “pitch” a traditional publisher, you know that the ball is definitely not in your court, but theirs. This means that they are in control. They have the final decision and it doesn’t always play to your favor.

On the other hand, with self-publishing you are in control. It is your game and you can truly win in all aspects because you have the final decision on everything that takes place. No worrying if your book will end up like you wanted it to be or if you’ll be highly disappointed with the changes. No one will make changes you do not want. This is a huge and positive benefit to self-publishing.

Benefit #2

Now let’s talk about the money. Not only do you get paid as a self-publisher, but you can virtually obtain 100% of the profits if done correctly.

There are expenses involved in self-publishing, however, once these investments have been made and you begin selling your book, you will pocket all your profits rather than paying a publishing company or having a vanity publisher pocket a percentage of your profits. When you 100% self-publish your own book the money you earn is yours to keep! Just another reason to consider self publishing over traditional or vanity publishing options.

Benefit #3

A third benefit to self-publishing over a traditional publisher is the length of time that it takes to complete your book from start to finish. This is from the point that you have already composed your manuscript of course, to the point of holding the published work in your hands.

With traditional publishing this can take quite a bit of time. Especially if you have to search for a publishing company who wants to take you on to begin with, that process in itself could take months or years. On the other hand with self-publishing your book can be designed, printed and distributed in as little as two months.

As previously mentioned in this post, you are in control and you will profit on the end. The time issue is just an added bonus.

Benefit #4

The truth is self-publishing is becoming more and more popular. 78% of in-print titles come from small press or self-publishers. And as you can see from the previous posts, as an author self-publishing you are given control, it helps you to make the most profit and is not nearly as long of a process as traditional publishing.

In fact, Peter Hupalo said, “The largest risk in self-publishing is often the author’s time.” The fact is self-publishing is a very legitimate option that should definitely be considered. Why not look into self-publishing your next book? Join The Book Ninja Academy and start with our Signature courses to learn how to not only publish, but compete in this marketplace!

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Kristen Joy

Kristen Joy

Kristen Joy Laidig is the founder of The Book Ninja. She has authored over 40 books, started over 50 publishing companies, trained over 10,000 authors worldwide, has her black belt in karate, and eats way too much chocolate. She currently changes lives through her students… one published message at a time, manages her two retail stores Toy Box Gifts & Wonder® and Nerdvana Outpost in the heart of her newfound hometown, Chambersburg, PA, is in the start-up phase of at least three new businesses at any given time, and generally causes anyone reading this bio to be out of breath. On her “off” time (what’s that?) she brainstorms business ideas with her awesome husband, the great Public Domain Expert himself, Tony Laidig, and hangs out with her two ragdoll kitties. She’s even been known to sleep... occasionally.

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