What Are Your Options When it Comes to Publishing?

As an aspiring author it can be difficult to wade through all the noise in the publishing industry. There’s people getting requests from agents, people uploading straight to Kindle, etc. But what are your actual options when it comes to publishing? Well, I’m here to inform you on just that. 

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#1 Traditional Publishing


For the most part, traditional publishing is where you’ll need to have a literary agent to represent you in order to navigate through editors and publishers. So getting an agent is the first step to getting traditionally published. Then they take your manuscript and either show it around to editors or publishers on you behalf. In most cases, you book is available to appear in bookstores or libraries.

#1.2 Big Six


Sometimes this can also be called the big five depending on how you view it. This stands for the biggest publishers in the world, so think like HarperCollins, etc. These publishers tend to have several smaller imprints underneath them for more specific books, like HarperTeen

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#1.3 Big or Medium Publishers


These are small then the Big Six but bigger than smaller presses. 

#1.4 Small Press


This can be run by a single person (sometimes known as a boutique press or publisher), or by a small handful, this varies by who you ask and what they think a small press is. 

#1.5 Independent Press


This is the one exception to the agent rule. This can be a publisher like Curiosity Quills where it is not required for you to be represented by an agent for you to submit your work to them. This can be a good option for some, but if you lack legal knowledge it can be easy to you to be used.

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#2 Self Publishing


While self-publishing has been around for decades and used by well known names like Edgar Allen Poe and Beatrix Potter, it has recently sky rocketed into the public eye as being a valid publishing option. You don’t go through a traditional publisher but instead start your own publishing company as a business and buy your own ISBNs and print through print-on-demand services like Lulu or sell directly through Kindle ebooks. See the two different self-publishing routes below.

#2.2 DIY Self-Publishing


This is where you do everything yourself and don’t hire anyone. It’s not recommended you do this unless you are an extremely skilled jack of all trades or just want to publish for friends and family. So you design the cover, edit the book, do all the marketing. 

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#2.3 Assisted Self-Publishing


This is where you hire out help. Get an editor, a cover designer, etc; either individually or through a company that offers multiples services like this. But at the end of the day, you still publish it yourself through the channels and outlets you want. 


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#3 Hybrid Publishing


Can’t decide if you just want to go the trad or self route? Don’t worry, you don’t have to pick, just do both! That’s what hybrid publishing is. Either you do one or the other first. My recommendation is trying out the traditional route first, then going indie; as for some agents and publishers frown upon you trying to sell them your not-so-debut work if your debut did terribly. 

#4 Vanity/Subsidy Publishing


These are the scams. They promise they’ll publish your book at a high cost but it’ll be worth it cause it’ll be a bestseller. Let me just say this. Never ever pay someone to publish your book! Or if someone claims their an agent but it will cost you upfront, run the other way!

#5 Social Publishing


Have you heard of Wattpad? This is social publishing. With the high usage rates of sites like Instagram and Twitter, it can be easy to post snippets straight to your audience. If you’re just starting out, writing fan fiction, poetry, or just like writing micro fiction, then this route is for you!

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