Self Publishing – Pros and Cons

Self publishing pros and cons!


  • Greater Control – You can design your own book cover, set your own price, publish your work in whatever format you wish and afford to make your own decisions  every step of the way
  • Less waiting – If you publish through one of the big publishing houses it’ll take a long time for your work to appear on the shelves, when you self-publish, it’ll become sellable in just a few days
  • Royalty rates are higher – Royalty rates in self-publishing are higher than in traditional publishing
  • Easier to make changes – You can easily change the cover into a more attractive one, upload corrections and


  • You won’t be able to put your book in bookstores – Bookstores won’t be able to stock your book if it’s self-published since you won’t be able to accept returns
  • You’ll spend a lot of time – Marketing. You’ll have to find more time and spend more effort getting your book out there, making marketing decisions and monitoring sales
  • Less support – If you go for traditional publishing, you’ll have an editing and proofreading team at your back as well as professional cover designers. If you’re self-publishing, you will have to find a crew yourself, and they may not be as good as the ones a traditional publisher will find. If you are looking to self-publish, be prepared to pay out of your pocket for professional services!
  • Most literary prizes don’t accept self-published books – If you’re aiming to be an award-winning author, you should know that most literary prizes don’t accept self-published books!

Thank you for reading, I hope you learnt a lot from this post! If you have any questions, drop them down below! I’d love to hear your opinions!

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