There is how to’s for everything.
How to jump from planes. How to scuba-dive.
How to wash your car.
How to sew. How to read, write and prosper…
You can learn almost anything, nowadays. The internet is full of lessons and important tips and insights. No wonder why they called it The Information Age (also called Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age). It’s a historic period of the 21st century characterized from the rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information technology (the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data) – according to Wikipedia.
So how to become a published author in an Informational age, actually it’s opposite of rocket science. We may found that It’s easy. Read on why.
The easiest way to become a published author is by teaming with a Digital Agency to meet your needs. There are a couple of good ones on the internet, which can help you along your way starting from scratch and guiding you through the whole book process – to the bare end or after you publish. You don’t even have to know how to write, nor learn on the internet, and plus you keep all your royalties for yourself. Yes, that’s how we are rolling at The Books Factory.
eBook sales are ramping up since 2010 and almost every book on the planet is out there on the internet in this format. People are reading on their phones, tablets, laptops, and computers. Now, they are carrying a whole library with them, all the time in just one device.
The greatest thing about books being available online is their downward cost – there are no costs for storage, distribution, and physical materials so the sale is only on an informational basis and can be delivered instantly. That’s why thousands of eBooks are available for pennies and for the greater good that allows us as publishers to publish also for smaller audiences, and narrower niches. That’s why we too recommend and choose this route at The Books Factory. It’s win-win for everyone!
Should you self-publish or publish the traditional way?
You can always choose to self-publish too, but keep in mind that there are a lot of bad self-published eBooks that desperately need the helping hand of an editor to sum and clear them up. That’s why we believe you should consider a helping hand when it comes to publishing your book.
Should you choose to self-publish or go the traditional way?
If you are in doubt or wander around this question, you are not alone! Manny writers regardless of their skill level, career path or how established they are, struggle with this too.
Since 2000, times have dramatically changed and now many self-publishing authors accuse traditionally published authors of being short-sighted in their compliance to a “standard” system. But the truth is that there isn’t a single right answer to this question, it depends whether you choose the old traditional way or you want to be up to date with the New Media, and grasp its benefits.
Answering these 3 questions might help you decide:
- Do you expect to see your book in the bookstores across the country?
It’s almost impossible for a self-published author, to achieve wide-scale distribution. You may be the lucky one, and be able to get your book locally if you are well connected in your community but for the most part, self-published authors will sell on Amazon as an eBook format. That’s not bad at all because more than half of all the books sold in the United States are through Amazon. Combined with a Digital agency to cover marketing and promotion, it’s one of the most successful tactics you can choose to.
2) Do you want to hit the bestseller status and get media attention?
Whether you seek for the New York Times bestseller list or Amazon bestseller, you’ll need help from a traditional or digital publishing agency. It’s also very challenging to get any major media to pay attention to you as a self-published author.
3) Can your book easily reach your audience?
It’s senseless to partner with a traditional agency if your book’s audience is one that you can reach easily on your own. However, if you’re looking to increase your readership in some way or help you pivot – then a publisher can be of tremendous help.
Don’t use self-publishing as a way to land a traditional deal. Once you self-publish a book, it will be very difficult to garner interest for your book from a traditional publisher or an agent. Some digital publishes may offer you help, but it’s better to let them help you before you even decide to publish.
The success rate for self-publishing is not that different from the traditional. You may end up making more money in both cases. Self-published authors may find that marketing and promotion for their book are much tougher than the writing of their books. So are you committed to producing more work, and market it month after month, year after year?
You may be on your right path then.
So take action and see it for yourself. Go and try the traditional route first, get rejected, try to self-publish. Because it’s very very hard at first to go the other way around successfully. In the end, few authors end up as bestselling superstars. Some authors do very well. And the majority do not make a living from selling books. If you’re not an expert it’s better to ask for help from a Digital Publishing agency.
- Do you want to hit the bestsellers status on Amazon?
- Do you expect to see your book sell across the country?
- Do you believe your book can easily reach mass audiences?