Jane Friedman says she is always asked if authors should self-publish or traditionally publish.
She writes, "This is an increasingly complicated question to answer because:
- There are now many varieties of traditional publishing and self-publishing—with evolving models and varying contracts.
- You won’t find a universal, agreed-upon definition of what it means to 'traditionally publish' or 'self-publish'.
- It’s not an either/or proposition. You can do both."
- Traditional Publishing: Advance and Royalties
- Traditional Publishing: No Advance
- Traditional Publishing: Digital-Only or Digital-First
- Hybrid Publishing
- Social/Community Publishing
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Friedman says, "Feel free to download, print, and share this chart wherever you like. Download the PDF version—ideal for photocopying and distributing—or read the full text version of the article here."
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