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What is Self-publishing?

Self-publishing is all about the author. The author pays for the publication of his or her book, and they take all the risks involved. All the benefits of success and risks of failure are carried by the author. The author has control in making design decisions and marketing plans. If an author pays any money for the publication of his or her book, he or she is self publishing.

What is Traditional publishing?

"Traditional publishing" is all about the publisher. A publisher (like Harper-Collins or McGraw Hill) pays the author for the rights to a book. The publisher then covers all the costs of publication for the book, and it takes all the risks involved. All the benefits of success and risks of failure are carried by the publisher. The publisher has control in making design decisions and marketing plans. If an author is paid a sum for the publication of his or her book, he or she is probably working with a 'traditional' publisher.

What are 'self-publishing companies'?

Self-publishing companies are called 'book packagers' in the traditional world of publishing. These self-publishing companies provide service to authors (or, as 'book packagers' provide services to publishers) that center around the production and publishing of books. Most self-publishing companies provide a full suite of service for authors, from editing, to design and production, to distribution and marketing.