Publishing versus Self-Publishing

posted Sep 13, 2018, 3:30 PM by David Alan Binder

Publishing versus Self-Publishing

When we think of Publishing versus Self-Publishing, what are we actually thinking?









Name some authors who have books published by the big 5 or however many there are.

You can go to any book store and see thousands of books published in the traditional method.


Self Publish






Name some authors who are self published.

Beatrix Potter, Michael J. Sullivan. E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey), Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, E.E. Cummings, James Redfield, Hugh Howey, Zane Grey

Now for the huge caveat.  It doesn’t mean all the above writers made huge sums of money.  Most became famous after death, some long after death.

Here is an excerpt of an article written by Barbara Rogen:

“…a recent survey, conducted by Dave Cornford and Steven Lewis for Taleist and published under the title NO GOLD RUSH… According to the survey, 75% of all royalties generated by self-published books went to the top 10% of writers; and half of all self-published writers earned less than $500 a year.“

Plus most self-published authors actually are wanting to get the attention of a publisher by self-publishing.


“Your choices are many and we live either good or bad by our choices.” David Alan Binder


It is not the publisher, which makes you.  It is not the self-publishing, which makes you.  It is not your agent, which makes you.  It is only your hard work; your writing that comes first; you’re marketing yourself, your inputs into the whole process that makes you.

“First and foremost, writing makes you!” David Alan Binder

Think writing first.  The rest is a crapshoot.