Five Ways to Publish a Book
Today there are five ways to publish a book:
Way #1 -Traditional Publishing (The Big 5 Trade Publishers)
Trade Publisher #1. Hachette Book Group
Trade Publisher #2. HarperCollins
HarperCollins Publishers is a subsidiary of News Corp, the global media company led by Rupert Murdoch.
Trade Publisher #3. Macmillan Publishers
Trade Publisher #4. Penguin Random House
Trade Publisher #5. Simon and Schuster
Way #2 – Independent Publishing
Using Wikipedia as a guide: “The terms “small press”, “indie publisher”, and “independent press” are often used interchangeably, with “independent press” defined as publishers that are not part of large conglomerates or multinational corporations.
Defined this way, these presses make up approximately half of the market share of the book publishing industry.
Many small presses rely on specialization in genre fiction, poetry, or limited-edition books or magazines, but there are also thousands that focus on niche non-fiction markets.”
Way #3 – Custom Publishing
Custom publishing has been the traditional US-based term for what is now known as content marketing.
The definition, as stated by the Custom Content Council (the US Association for custom publishers), custom publishing: “… marries the marketing ambitions of a company with the information needs of its target audience.
Way #4 – Vanity Publishing
Again, using Wikipedia as a guide: A vanity press, vanity publisher, or subsidy publisher is a term describing a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published.
Additionally, vanity publishers have no selection criteria as opposed to other “hybrid” publishing models.
Way #5 – Self-publishing
The focus of this article.
Self-publishing is DIY, that is, do-it-yourself publishing.
Once upon a time self-publishing was viewed with stigma. If you told someone you were self-published their eyes would roll and they would move away from you at a party. It is not held in as much reproach as it once was.
Part of the reason for the lessened contempt is more self-published authors are paying the price and doing a good job. This includes writing a good story. Having the book professionally edited is another element more are including. Cover design once completed poorly in Microsoft Paint is being handled professionally. They realize they have to learn to build an email list and market the book. And on and on I could go.
I will be writing a few articles on Wednesday’s from the lessons I have learned and am still learning on my own journey as a self-published author. Self-publishing isn’t for most people. Few authors that I know are willing to do both the writing and all the technical stuff related to formatting, cover design, book layout, marketing campaigns, etc. For those that want to learn more about the process, I’ll be posting regularly.
The photos are of the covers of two of my eight books. Rebuilder is religious science fiction. Thy Will be Done: 60 Prayer for the Chronically Ill is religious nonfiction. They are available in print and ebook from Amazon, and in ebook from iBooks, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, and all major retailers worldwide. My books are also available in ebook format through most libraries in North America, Canada, and Europe.