Self-publishing has become an increasingly popular option for authors who want to share their work without the cost and time that traditional publishing often requires.
But there are also other options, such as print on demand (POD) publishing, which can be just as viable for authors who want to get their work out there.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of self-publishing versus POD publishing so you can decide which is best for you.
Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing
Self-publishing is when an author publishes their own work without needing a publisher or any outside help. The main pro to self-publishing is that it gives authors complete control over their work from start to finish—from writing the book, to choosing a cover design, to pricing and distributing it. This gives authors a lot of freedom in terms of how they want to present their work.
But it also means they have a great deal of responsibility in getting everything right. It also means that authors have to take care of marketing and promotion themselves, which can be a challenge if they don’t have experience with online marketing or social media promotion.
Pros and Cons of Print on Demand Publishing
Print on demand (POD) publishing is when an author works with a company that will help them produce hard copies of their book—usually through digital printing technology—which can then be sold directly from the publisher’s website or via third party retailers like Amazon.
The main benefit to POD publishing is that it takes care of much of the legwork involved in self-publishing—such as formatting and cover design—and allows authors to focus more on writing and promoting their book.
However, working with a POD publisher like Author Solutions does come with some drawbacks. For one thing, these companies often charge higher fees than self-publishers do, so authors may not make as much money from each sale. Additionally, POD publishers tend to have more restrictive guidelines in place regarding what kinds of books they are willing to accept for publication.
Whether you choose self-publishing or print on demand (POD) publishing depends largely on your personal preferences as an author and what kind of resources you have available.
Self-publishing offers complete creative control but requires more effort upfront while POD publishers provide helpful services such as formatting, cover design, marketing advice, but generally charge higher fees than self-publishers do. Ultimately, researching both options thoroughly before making your decision will ensure that you choose the right path for your book project.