Traditional VS Self-Publishing VS Vanity

Self- Publishing has been around for so long, far before we had these tech gadgets that allowed us to publish this blog post. In Self-publishing the author is in the driving seat for as long as they can. They have full control over the writing, editing, designing and distribution processes. Sounds cool? Well, there are many drawbacks to having such authority. With great power comes great responsibilities!


Traditional Publishing

Firstly, We’ll tackle the traditional publishing. It’s commonly known among the majority of people. It’s the process where an author seeks a publishing house, and they contract to adopt the book. Authors must understand the fact that publishers are business people. The moment publishing-house signs a contract with an author; they accept the risk associated with the book regarding not generating the estimated number of sales, distributing the book and promoting it for long-term success and reputation.



Secondly, SelfPublishing. DIY(Do It Yourself) publishing-also referred to as indie-publishing (Independent Publishing)-is the process where authors go through the publishing activities by themselves.

If it happened that an author is not capable of executing some functions-which happens a lot- They outsource a professional to perform such task. These tasks can include editing and proofreading, designing the interiors of the book, the cover and promoting the book.

Let’s mention some pros of self-publishing.


1-Authors get 100% of the profit

2-Authors fully own the ISBN of their books

3-Authors have the digital files of their work

4-Creative authority

5-The book can stay for as long as it can be on Amazon/Kindle or any other digital platform.

When it comes to the cons, it’s mainly related to the lack of support which can be a significant downside.

1-Lack of editorial support

2-Lack of Promotional backing

3-Not being perceived as a considerable author


Additionally, With the rise of digital platforms that allows the authors to independently self-publish their books, it’s not shocking to see the results of the E-book sales in 2017.

Self-publishing might be the new call of this digitized modern era. Consequently, whoever thinks of self-producing their work, they need to understand the risks and challenges associated with the whole process. Authors are not obliged to be technical and digital marketing professionals, yet they need to have the fundamentals that can help them through their journey. The same goes for editing and designing.

There are many platforms that authors can self-publish their books through. The major ebook platforms are:

Apple iBookstore, Amazon’s Kindle, Kobo Writing Life.

Vanity Publishing


Thirdly, Vanity Press. Also known as Subsidy. It is common among families printing books for memoirs, corporate books, or any other personal customized use. Vanity publishing is about hiring a publisher that probably won’t refuse your work. They edit your work, design a cover and voila’ your book is ready. Your book will be assigned an ISBN that belongs fully to the publisher, and you’ll be charged for every single modification applied to your book. The funny thing is that although the author pays for the editing, designing, and final production; they don’t have access to the digital files that the modifications were applied to. So, if an author thinks about signing with another publisher, they’ll start from scratch.


Unfortunately, in subsidy, the author takes the risk, and additionally, they pay the publisher. However, as mentioned previously, subsidy publishing can be the perfect answer for family genealogies, a corporate magazine or book. On the contrary, it might not be the best option out there if you’re thinking about your books concerning sales.



Finally,  POD. We can’t end this blog post without mentioning Print-On-Demand (or POD), which was officially available in the mid-1990s. With the POD technology, authors can print a high-quality book that can compete with books printed in traditional houses. With that in hand, authors can merely use their digital files and print a specified number of books.




In the traditional model, editors and publishers perform the screening or filtration process. They exclude poorly written or below standard content. On the contrary, self-publishing allows the author to jump this filtration and screening phase, which facilitates the selling of books. If you’re an aspiring author think of DIY as you’re being the manager, you don’t have to do everything. Finally, If you lack the expertise, then don’t hit every single aspect. You can exclude the “self” part for a while and hire a professional editor, designer..etc.



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