1a. With self publishing, you’ll make more money per book you sell.
1b. With traditional publishing, you’ll probably sell more books as the traditional publisher usually has the ability to reach a wider audience; however, you’ll only receive a much smaller royalty.
2a. When you self publish, you won’t receive an advance.
2b. When you publish through a traditional publisher, you might receive an advance.
3a. When you self publish, you’ll be able to hire someone to make the book cover you want.
3b. With traditional publishing, you have little say over the cover, but you don’t need to pay the cover artist.
4a. With self publishing you choose the title of your book.
4b. With traditional publishing, the publisher or the publisher’s marketing department chooses the title of the book.
5a. With self publishing, if you want your book edited, you’ll have to hire someone to do it.
5b. With traditional publishing, your book will be assigned to an editor.
6a. With self publishing, your book may or may not appear in book stores. Some book stores are slowly warming to self publishers, but many still don’t want to be bothered,
6b. With traditional publishers, your book will probably be distributed to many more book stores than you’ll be able to reach as a self publisher.
7a. In self publishing, you are in charge. You make all the important decisions and have total creative control.
7b. In traditional publishing, you have a say in the production of your book, but the publisher is in charge and has the final say.
8a and b. Marketing is the job of the author in most instances. With traditional publishing you do receive some help, but gone are the days when the publisher sends the author off on an all-expense-paid book tour. Much of the writer’s time must go to marketing these days regardless of the route of publishing.
These are just a few of the differences between self publishing and traditional publishing. What have you found to be the biggest differences?