Before I go on though, let me clarify what traditional publishing is as I just had a query from a new author who wasn’t sure about it.
Basically, traditional publishing is when you submit your manuscript to publishing companies that will PAY YOU to publish your book.
If the company thinks your book will be a good investment, they’ll give you a contract. It could take a year to two years for your book to actually get published.
Traditional publishing houses INVEST their money, time, and effort into publishing your book. You don’t pay them for anything!
These companies make their money back, and hopefully a profit, through your book sales.
The reason the term ‘traditional publishing’ is getting confusing is because a lot of services are labeling themselves as such while they’re really not.
So, again, if you have to pay a company even a dime, they’re not a traditional publisher.
Okay, back on track.
Some advantages to traditional publishing:
1. Recognition and validation.
When a publishing company thinks your manuscript has what it takes to sell, when they’re willing to back it up with their financial support, that’s validation.
You can jump around yelling, “It’s really good!” You’ve gotten approval from people in the industry.
This is not to say that some self-published books aren’t really good. But, if you need personal validation, getting it from a traditional publisher or literary agent is the way to go.
2. You have a team of professionals behind you.
Aside from very small publishers, you’ll have the benefit of professional editors, book designers, illustrators, and so on polishing your manuscript till is shines.
Companies that ‘help’ you publish your book (self-publishing services) don’t usually hire a professional staff. I’ve seen terrible editing and illustrations from some of these companies.
Tip: If you’re self-publishing, make sure you check out the portfolios of any service or individual you’re hiring to help you publish your book. And if you’re thinking of using a service, review their books before jumping on board. Check the books carefully.
3. You’ll get marketing help.
A publishing house wants to sell your book, that’s how they make their money.
While smaller publishing companies don’t really do too much in regard to marketing, you’re listed on their site which will have its own readership. This will broaden your marketing reach.
And, if they attend book fairs and such, you’ll have the opportunity to have your books displayed.
Any little bit of ‘extra’ marketing is helpful.
As the companies get bigger, they offer more marketing help. But, keep in mind that whether you’re working with a small, middle, or large publishing house, you’ll still need to promote your own books.
4. Opportunity comes with traditional publishing.
If you’re inclined to take advantage of your traditional publishing credit(s), you can use it to:
a. Write more books and seek traditional publishing.
b. Submit articles to magazines.
c. Offer your own writing services.
d. Give workshops.
e. Teach a class (online or off).
Getting a contract from a publishing house or signing on with a literary agent does give you some clout. It’s kind of like a stamp of approval.
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Or, if you’d rather give it a shot and do-it-yourself, check out my book, HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S FICTION BOOK.