Should I Self-Publish or Hold Out for a Traditional Contract?

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This week, I received the following email:


I’m currently working with a nonprofit on some assignments. One of the ideas they have is to create a series of children’s book that tell some of the stories of their charity.

I was wondering if I want to submit manuscripts to publishers, or go a self-publishing route and P.O.D.

Thanks!
-N.


Here is my response:

It can take months or years to land a literary agent and/or a traditional contract. If you do, it can take many more months or even years for the book to actually be published. I would never try to convince someone to self-publish if they have their heart set on a traditional contract. However, many authors do not want to wait years to get their book on the market.

Some authors choose to self-publish because, if done correctly, they keep all rights, and can make more money selling the book themselves.
See: Authors Who Avoid Traditional Publishers

and

SideStepping Traditional Publishers: Why So Many Authors Choose to Self-Publish

Some P.O.D. and vanity publishers masquerade as traditional publishers now so that’s something to be aware of.
See: “I Just Landed a Traditional Contract…Or Did I?”

Some traditional publishers are turning into self-publishing services.
See: When Traditional Publishers Become Vanity Publishers

Some traditional publishers are getting paid by P.O.D. publishers for referrals (meaning they reject your book but “recommend” a fee-based publisher for you instead).
See: Are Traditional Publishers Getting Kick-Backs, Err… Commissions, from Some P.O.D. Publishers?

In addition, many self-published authors who have proven their books sell have gone on to land traditional contracts for their previously self-published titles.
See: Can Self-Published Authors Land Traditional Contracts? Heck, Yeah!

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