Top Myths about Self-Publishing and the Truth Behind Them

It’s estimated that 1.7 million book titles are self-published every year, and this number will likely increase in the future. If you’re new to self-publishing, you may have some questions or misconceptions about the self-publishing industry. Below, we discuss some of the most common myths about self-publishing and shed light on the truth.  


Myth #1: Never Pay a Publisher to Publish Your Book  

Some advise against paying publishers to help publish your book due to the prevalence of vanity presses, which are publishers who charge high fees for low-quality production and often prey on new authors. However, there are many reasons you may want to partner with someone to help you with the wide range of tasks it takes to publish a finished book, such as developmental editing, distribution, and marketing. Unlike vanity presses, publishing partners like EABooks Publishing desire to help you publish a successful book. We only charge for the services we provide. Working with a publishing partner can also help you save time and get expert advice through every stage of the publishing process. Learn more about when you should pay a publisher to help self-publish your book.  


Myth #2: Self-Publishing isn’t as Good as Traditional Publishing  

For a significant time, self-publishing was considered inferior to traditional publishing. Authors who chose the self-publishing route were thought to have not been good enough to get a book deal with a traditional publisher. The end-product produced was significantly lower in quality than traditionally published books. However, this isn’t true anymore. Self-published books are written by talented authors who employ various technologies and tools to produce superior-quality books. Many authors turn to self-publishing enjoy the creative control they get over their work, and often use the profits gained through self-publishing to market their traditionally published books. Plus, only a small fraction of authors sign book deals with traditional publishers as the available slots for new authors dwindles, so self-publishing becomes a more accessible way to publish your book.  


Myth # 3: Self-Publishing is Less Profitable Than Traditional Publishing   

Self-publishing is more profitable than traditional publishing in many cases. This is because self-published authors can now use print-on-demand services. This allows self-published authors to decrease overhead costs and increase net profit on each book sale. In most cases, you keep more from book sales by self-publishing your work. Traditional publishers typically pay authors royalty rates that range from 5% to 15% per book sale. However, self-published authors usually keep 70% to 100% of book sales. Some publishing companies, like EABooks Publishing, don’t take any money from book sales and allow authors to keep 100% of their profits.  


Myth #4: You Have to Do Everything On Your Own When You Self-Publish  

Some authors may feel intimidated or overwhelmed with self-publishing, believing they must do everything on their own to get a manuscript ready for publishing. However, instead of the go-it-alone approach, you can hire individual industry experts who provide services like marketing, cover design, layout, distribution, and editing. At EABooks Publishing, we’ve hired an expert team to provide the services you need to get your high-quality book on the market. 



Self-Publish Your Book Published with EA Books Publishing  

EABooks Publishing offers various services to help you get your book out in the world, from editing to marketing and distribution. Learn more about our services. We’re dedicated to being transparent about the publishing process. We partner with you every step of the way, whether you’re a new author or have already published several books. Ready to see if EABooks Publishing may be a good fit to help you publish your book? Contact us today to get started!  


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