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What is Self-Publishing - and is it Right for You?

Everything you need to know about self-publishing your book

Self-publishing is when an author publishes their work without a traditional book publisher. This allows the author to retain control of all creative decisions, publishing costs, and royalty profits. This method has been around for centuries, recently evolving into a multi-billion dollar industry. It empowers writers to take control of their book publishing dreams and sell their books just as they envisioned.

What’s the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing?

Many authors find themselves weighing the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Both options offer many benefits. However, self-publishing lends itself to more creative control, as well as faster publication time and a higher percentage of royalties.

The benefits of self-publishing

Publish your book on your terms

When you choose to self-publish your book, you have the independence to decide every step in your publishing journey, including:

  • What type of editing your book deserves
  • Your book type and format
  • Your book cover and interior design
  • Where your book is distributed
  • How your book is promoted

Faster publication time

Self-publishing authors can have their books published and for ready sale within weeks of completing their manuscript. Traditional publishing can take anywhere from 18-24 months to reach the marketplace.

Higher royalty payments

Authors that publish traditionally generally receive between 12-20% in book royalties, depending on whether your book is a paperback, hardcover, or an eBook. Self-published eBooks can earn between 60-70% in royalties. Printed books can earn up to 50% when sold directly to readers.

Build credibility

Self-publishing a book proves you have what it takes to become an author on your own. Many authors have used their success as an independent author to gain the interest of traditional publishing houses.

What types of authors use self-publishing?

Anyone who wants to publish a book! This includes new and published authors. We've published books by photographers and artists, chefs and cooks, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Educators and field experts, well as public speakers and graphic novelists have published with us, too!

With you every step of the way

What is a self-publishing company?

A self-publishing company guides the author through each step of the process. The writer still maintains creative control, but the self-publishing company offers extra support. It's like a roadmap for your book publishing success. Essentially, it offers you less legwork, as well as more options and open doors.

Work with BookBaby

BookBaby is your one-stop shop for custom book printing, professional cover design, and effective book marketing services. Our team of publishing experts will support you throughout your publishing journey. You will be provided with the answers and resources needed to make the book of your dreams.

Want to know more about how our Publishing Specialists help transform your finished manuscript into a professionally published book? Start here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does book printing work?

First select your trim size. If you would like to use a trim size that is not included in our standard options please select the size that closest fits your needs... Read more.

How much does it cost to self-publish a book?

Depending on the types of services you want, costs to self-publish your book will vary. Please see our pricing page for details.

What services does BookBaby Print offer?

BookBaby offers self-publishing services such as book cover design, formatting, editing, Print On Demand, and more. See BookBaby’s list of self-publishing services.

Who is BookBaby?

BookBaby has grown to become the nation’s leading self-publishing company. We believe in People Powered Publishing, which means our crew of authors, poets, bloggers, and artists are dedicated to helping all writers self-publish successfully.

From first-timers to veterans, novelists to photographers, we’ve helped thousands prove that it doesn’t take a traditional publishing deal to bring a dream to life. You can do it yourself—and BookBaby has friendly customer service, knowledgeable publishing specialists, and quality book printing you need to get the job done. Read more here.

What is the BookBaby guarantee?

You can buy with the highest confidence knowing that your eBook or printed books will be produced to your complete satisfaction. If there are any issues with the quality and craftsmanship of your book project, we will work with you to make it right or we will refund your money. It’s as simple as that. Our team of publishing experts is just a phone call or email away with answers, advice and more for your publishing projects. See complete details.

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