17 March 2015



Australian eBook Publisher Vs Vanity
Publishing & Traditional Publishing

The difference between a "vanity publisher" and a service business in the "assisted self-publishing industry" like us, is that we are up front about our role, the costs involved, and we deliver what we say we will at fair prices.

Unlike vanity publishers, we don't pretend to be a traditional publisher, raising false hope.

Self-publishing is either a vanity activity (just wanting your name in print), a family legacy (creating a record of memoir or family history) or a business activity (making money off your work). Australian eBook Publisher will work with any of these. We're simply here to make ebook publishing easy (we also offer print design, print procurement and print on demand).

If you want to make your book a business venture, make sure you do your profit and loss forecasts and work out your marketing budget, and the time you have to put into it.

Some traditional publishers offer special pitch days where authors can send in their manuscripts unsolicited (without an agent). There's no harm in trying, just lost time, long delays and waiting, and possibly no outcome.

If you are confident about getting published through a traditional publisher, we recommend looking up publishers who produce works like yours.Have a look at their submission requirements and seek out an agent who deals with your genre.

The benefits of traditional publishing are that you have a lot more support during the publishing process, and you don't need to outlay any funds, in fact, you may even get an advance. However, there are some drawbacks. For example, with traditional publishing there can be very little support after about three months from your published date. If your book hasn't sold much by then, it’s unlikely the publisher will continue any kind of marketing efforts.They also take a much higher royalty, leaving you with less (around 5% of the print book’s RRP).

It is notoriously difficult to attract a traditional publisher. The best way is to land yourself an agent, which can also be extremely difficult. The other way is to hand your manuscript in unsolicited. Unsolicited manuscripts are viewed with trepidation by traditional publishers and often end up in what’s called a 'slush pile'. However, some publishers invite unsolicited manuscripts. You'll just need to have a look at their website and submission requirements.

The other route you can take is self-publishing. With self-publishing there are upfront costs to you, but you may end up with more money at the end. Of course the responsibility for success of this method lies solidly on the author's shoulders. The author must be willing to commit heavily to marketing to the correct niche in the correct way. Self-publishing also has less credibility for readers and booksellers. Many bookshops and sellers will turn their noses up at books simply because they are self-published. The reason for this is because there is no guarantee of quality. Despite these challenges, self-publishing can be very rewarding.

Before you decide to self-publish, it can be a good idea to try traditional publishing to see if you get any traction.

If you do self-publish and your book is successful,you may then be in a better position to attract an agent or publisher. If you can prove you have an existing author platform and are committed to your writing and your marketing, it may make you more appealing to a traditional publisher.

If the ebook falls completely flat and you do nothing with your author platform and marketing, though, you may have shot yourself in the foot.

We recommend doing some reading on the two kinds of publishing, and joining your local writers centre, to see what fits you best.

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