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This week I’d like to discuss traditional vs. self publishing. In the not so distance past, if an author wanted their work published they had very few options. An author could try to get work published the traditional route or they could spend tremendous amounts of money to publish their own work. Financially, self publishing was pretty cost prohibative which left traditional publishing as the only viable option. Today with the introduction of e-readers and print on demand the self publishing world has become relatively inexpensive.

So you’ve written your story and now it’s time to decide which publishing route you’d like to take. In order to help you make this decision, I’ve created this handy dandy flow chart:


As with anything worthwhile there are always pros and cons. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your decision:

Traditional Publishing


  1. You have the backing of a large publishing firm for editing, promotion, and sales.
  2. There is no output of cash and most publishers will arrange a cash advance for your work.


  1. Time- It can take years to find a publisher interested in printing your manuscript and several years after that for an actual publishing date.
  2. Control- You will not have control over major decisions; cover art, release date, sales locations and even titles.

Self Publishing


  1. Time- You don’t have to wait years to publish your books. A reputable e-publishing firm can help you prepare your manuscript in a matter of weeks.
  2. Control- You have control over major decisions; cover art, release date, sales locations and even titles.
  3. Money- All profits go to you.


  1. You are responsible for editing, promotion, and sales.
  2. All this freedom comes with a price and you will be responsible to pay.

One final thing to remember: Whether you choose to go the traditional or self published route it is important to make sure that your manuscript has been edited.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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