Traditional Publishing

What is traditional Publishing?

Both traditional and self-publishing routes give authors the opportunity to share their stories with the world while building their writing careers.

Traditional book publishing is when a publisher offers the author a contract and, in turn, prints, publishes, and sells your book through booksellers and other retailers. The publisher essentially buys the right to publish your book and pays you royalties from the sales.

Here in, the author completes his or her manuscript, writes a proposal, and submits these documents to a publishing house. An editor reads it, considers whether it is right for the house, and decides either to reject it (leaving the author free to offer it to another publisher) or to publish it.

If selected, the house puts up their own money to design and package the book, prints as many copies of the book as it thinks will sell, markets the book, and finally distributes the finished book to the public.


Pros of BigfootTM Traditional Publishing:

Traditional publishing is often considered the most valid publishing option for aspiring authors.

And while I firmly believe that self-publishing is just as valid an option, there are indeed several advantages to traditional publishing that make it a more enticing option for many writers. Let’s break down those advantages today!


1. A TEAM OF DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS.

When an author inks a book deal with a publishing house, their book is assigned a team of professional editors, proofreaders, formatters, cover designers, marketers, and more that will help bring their book to life.

2. NO UPFRONT COSTS.

In fact, traditionally published authors don’t have to pay any upfront costs to publish their books.

3. GREATER VISIBILITY AND REACH.

While it isn’t impossible for self-published authors to have their novels shelved in major bookstores, to negotiate international book deals and subsidiary rights, or to book author events like tours and readings, these opportunities are all far easier to attain when an author chooses to publish traditionally.

4. MORE TIME TO WRITE.

Traditionally published authors don’t have to worry about organizing their book’s cover design, blurb, formatting, copy-edits, etc. because their publishing house has already assigned their book to a team of experts.

5. GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACCLAIM.

In addition to having a better chance of becoming a well-known author, writers who choose the traditional publishing path also have more opportunities to win book awards, earn starred reviews, and land on bestseller lists.