Decoding Self-Publishing – Rising Kashmir


Both writers and readers are divided over this thought whether self-publishing is a good option for publishing a book, in a result, the first-time authors are considerably baffled by this choice whether they should self-publish their debut book or opt for the traditional method of publishing.


While there are some quality self-publishing platforms including Partridge India and Notion Press that charge a hefty amount to publish your book, it often becomes hectic for the first-time writers to muster the amount. Similarly, the traditional publishing option is hectic and requires immense potential and patience on part of the first-time authors. This is the reason why first-time writers often seek literary agents to get their works published in exchange for the nominal fee or a cut from their royalty. Yet even then, first-time writers are often paid lesser royalty on their books compared to established writers. To evade all this conundrum, first-time writers often go for self-publishing which is an easier way to get your works published.


“If done right, self-publishing can get you money and pave way for traditional publishing for you, but you must not be getting bad reviews on your first book because if you do, it can complicate the matter,” Aqib Muslim, an aspiring author said while speaking with Rising Kashmir.



Traditional publishers have immensely uncompromising criteria. Anything outside their rolling criteria is unlikely to be considered, let alone picked up. Publishers literally have meetings where each department votes on whether to back a book launch. Their future revenue is dependent on their decisions, as are some of their jobs.


In a self-publishing house, for a self-published author, the success is entirely in his hands, as do the profits from the sales. But it requires him to market the book on his own. “A traditional publisher can offer a better marketing option to you than you can achieve on your own, but it’s laced with hurdles. So, if you are willing to get through those hurdles and don’t have a ready audience, then a traditional publisher is a better option,” Muslim added.

The reason that most of the writers say that they regret resorting to self-publishing is that their unedited and non-curated scripts were badly beaten by the readers and critics. Pertinently, both gatekeeping and editing are …….


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