The different types of publishing

Being published now comes in many forms. With the rise of ebooks it has never been easier to become an author. But it is also difficult too.

And what about if you don’t know which side you’re on? Then you probably need to know them. They are: traditional publishing, self-publishing and hybrid publishing.

The main difference would lie between the first two and the last mostly being a mix of the two.

#1 Traditional Publishing

One which has existed for quite a long while, and the way books have been published for a while. Even till now, they have a larger reach and getting inside is difficult and mostly a matter of chance and also comes with a stamp of quality.

To get in, is an often arduous journey, years and years of time and waiting go into it. Either way, it is something that would assure the writer will have been writing for years on end and have poured their heart and soul into their work.

And I can say it is a good thing, since time has taught me a great deal more than anything else. Traditional publishing is a path where as long your work is great, and has the right time of timing will get you somewhere without trying.

#2 Self Publishing

The route where you do everything from scratch, but you can do what you want. There is no gatekeepers and everything is in your control. And that is a double edges sword. And of course, you would need to do the marketing yourself.

There is a lot of positives to this. But it can go wrong as well, and also knowing how to balance the quality and quantity section. Self publishing is a path that leaves everything in your control, which can be a good thing if you have a vision. Or if you know that your story isn’t easily publishable through the traditional route, especially if it is in a niche.

#3 Hybrid Publishing

A mix between the two. Where the author and publisher might have an agreement. The author would retain more control, and perhaps also foot a little.

There is a lot more that is up and coming with indie publishing can be considered under this as well. Where the author and publisher work together for a work as compared to just one or the other.

#4 Vanity Publishers

This is a warning choice. For most part, avoid this sort of publishers. The authors pay these publishers.

And in most cases, they tend to charge high prices and in some awful cases are scammers. This is mostly a warning as there are really better options.

Overall, publishing is also something that is more than just sending our your manuscript to publishers.

And what are your preferences, leave them down in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “The different types of publishing

  1. I would add “indie publishing” as another type that falls somewhere between traditional and self-publishing. Indie publishers do not have the resources to market, distribute, or otherwise ensure the success of the book. They might have some resources, but the author’s success is much more dependent on their own marketing efforts than with traditional publishing. Personally, I think hybrid is the way to go. Self-publishing without any sort of official association is almost impossible.

    1. I kind of agree. At this point I think I would be willing to trust hybrid and indie more simply because I would really want my book to have the best possible quality before it is sent out.