The Downsides of Independent Publishing

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There are many upsides to independent publishing, but some disadvantages you may want to consider are:

  • Prestige: Some writers feel that the best thing about being published by a mainstream publisher is the validation and prestige that comes from being associated with a major publishing house.
  • Bestselling Fame: Writers dream of winning book awards and their books hitting the bestselling charts. It's harder to achieve this through independent publishing due to the costs it takes to get your books promoted. But it's not all doom and gloom, because Prado Press can help you with your book marketing and email marketing.
  • Own Costs: A mainstream publisher pays for everything, whereas independent publishers pay for their own publishing costs.
  • Support Structure: The biggest advantage of mainstream publishing is that they provide a raft of resources for their authors. This is means access to proofreaders, publicists, professional editing services. They can help turn your manuscripts to audiobooks or provide a detailed marketing strategy. There’s a whole team at your disposal, depending on your needs. With self-publishing, this is all work that falls to the author—or the freelancers they hire handling things like book design and copy editing.
  • Print distribution: Traditional publishers make their money by printing books and selling them to bookshops, which negotiate exclusive deals with major publishers, and it can be hard to penetrate major bookshops as an independently-published author. If your definition of publishing success is to see your book in a major bookshop, that will be difficult to achieve through independent publishing. However, these days most book sales are online through online bookshops. Most books sold are eBooks!