Why Free Self-publishing is Not for You?
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As self-publishing continues to gain massive appeal, authors are no longer required to be at the mercy of agents or traditional publishing houses. There are several reputable self-publishing service providers who offer professional and complete publishing services. However, as more and more indie authors consider taking this route, a new business model has surfaced ‘free self-publishing’ to tap into this massive demand. While it sounds great, there are inherent disadvantages that authors tend to overlook and ultimately come to regret their decision. Here’s what you should consider before you try to publish your first or the next book for free.
- You have limited cover and book design options
Free publishing is fully automated, which means you do not get any support from editors or designers who can help you create a beautiful book that matches the content. Instead all you have is limited design templates to choose from that may not even convey/reflect the essence of the book. Poor cover designs can fail to create the first impression and in turn affect sales.
- Your book has restricted exposure
Free self-publishing is only applicable for print books and doesn’t include eBooks which restricts your audience base, as eBooks accounts for 20% of overall book sales. Moreover, the distribution of such print books is limited to a few distribution platforms and doesn’t include channel such as Flipkart which adversely affects your exposure as an author. Plus, according to a Forrester report, Flipkart has 31.9% market share as against Amazon.in (31.2%) in India. What this means is 50% of potential readers may never find out about your book. No matter how great your book is, restricted distribution severely impacts your book sales.
- You earn lower royalties than you expect
There’s no such thing as a free lunch. So, even the free publishing model needs to recover basic cost from somewhere and that is where your royalties take a huge hit. The net royalty you finally receive is approximately between 4% – 10% of the Selling Price of the book after adjusting for distribution, delivery and production cost and taxes. Basically, you earn meager royalties if you choose free self-publishing.
- You are strapped with poor quality book
Turning a manuscript into a professional book that meets industry standards requires imagination, creativity, human touch and expertise. Considering the fact that free publishing is a template-based automated process, it should come as no surprise that you are left with a poor quality book that hardly justifies the content within. Which begs the question, is it worth the trouble?
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