Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Independent Publishing – Pros & Cons

Independent Publishing essentially has two definitions. In the commercial publishing world, independent publishers (also called “indies” or “small presses”) are small publishers that publish a limited number of books per year (usually less than 10). Their status may also be determined by an annual sales figure (i.e. less than $50 million, after returns and discounts).  Small […]

Subsidy Presses – Pros & Cons

A subsidy publisher takes payment from an author to print and bind a book, but also contributes a portion of the cost and/or provides adjunct services. Some subsidy publishers may be selective and/or screen submissions before committing to publish.  Subsidy publishers generally claim at least some rights, though these may be non-exclusive. Completed books and […]

Vanity Presses – Pros & Cons

Last week we touched on the three basic forms of self-publishing: vanity, subsidy and independent publishing. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the first item on that list. A vanity press prints and binds a book at the author’s sole expense.  Sometimes the author maintains all rights, owns the books and retains all […]

Self-Publishing 101

We’re going to be exploring self- and independent publishing this month on the Children’s Book Hub, so I thought I would kick off the discussion with an overview on the various forms of publishing, especially self-publishing. In subsequent posts I’ll get more specific as to the pros and cons of each: Traditional Commercial Publishing: A […]