It’s the maiden episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time. We’re kicking off the show by dispelling some of the confusion around the difference between using a traditional, vanity, or digital publisher, or self-publishing.



When it comes to traditional publishing, think of the bigger names like Random House, Harper Collins, Penguin, etc. and the business models they use: accepting pitches from authors and literary agents and paying an advance in exchange for the rights to your book. Vanity publishers are a different kind of publisher, and they are as shallow as they sound. They will usually take on any book in any state and don’t care about the quality of it. Digital publishers have popped up to serve the need of the book publishing industry evolving and turning digital. They charge a fee for editing, marketing, and publishing your book–but the difference is there can be some great companies who actually care about the author. Still, you have to watch the cost! Prices can be inflated.

But times have changed, and the way that advances have been given out has changed, too. Of course, we can’t give everything away! You’ll have to listen to the show!

BTW, there’s a fourth choice…like J. Hill Marketing’s editing house division, Bookmark. In this model, the author is served, and a la carte services are encouraged. You can get everything done that you need to in a professional manner and save money! Bundle, unroll the bundle, whatever you want! The editing house model is unique in that it serves more authors and allows more people to achieve their dream of publishing a book.

Three takeaways from this episode of the Go Book Yourself podcast.

  1. You better be patient if your heart is set on working with a traditional pub.
  2. It can be harder to contract with a literary agent than to be accepted by a publisher.
  3. If a publisher or literary agent wants to work with you, you will usually know right away.

Writing and publishing a book is a big deal. Let Go Book Yourself help you figure out what decisions make the most sense for you.

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