Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing
It is often a relatively hard task to make a choice between traditional and sel-pulishing approaches. You will note that they both present lots of benefits to you. It is however necessary that you fully understand what is basically behind the distinction between these two. This is what will make sure that you reach a conclusion that is quite informed in the long run.
You will note that traditional publishing often involves submission of a proposal to a publishing house once you are done with your manuscript. It will then be upon the editor to read it and determine how good it will be to the publishing house. If it is found to be good, the publisher will buy the rights from you. They will then pay you in advance the royalties that are expected from the sale of this book. This house will take it upon itself to advertise, design, package and print the book in question. The process will take a different path especially if you choose to take the self-publishing approach. The author will in most cases be the publisher. You will need to proofread and part with the money necessary for the publication. You will the one to be held responsible for the marketing of the book apart from its distribution. It is also possible for you to only print as per the demand available. This will guarantee that you will not waste a lot of resources at the end of the day. There will be no stacks of unsold books at any given time.
Let us now look at the time taken. It will often take a long period of time for the manuscript to eventually be a book. You will first be needed to hype your manuscript to a couple of publishing houses. This might take time before finally being accepted. Some of the publishing houses usually take up to even half a year before giving you a response. It will then take an extra year for the book to be produced. On the other hand, self-publishing might not cost you that much time. It will only take around half a year before the book is finally out. This will however be determined by the kind of publishing house that you will choose. You will also learn that with self-publishing you will be assured of more control over your book.
On money matters, you will be required to foot the charges of publication in self-punblishing. This may run to thousands of dollars. This is basically for the resources that will be used on the book. You will however need not bear this cost anymore if your manuscript is accepted for traditional publishing. However, you need to note that you are not tied down to a particular approach.