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How can an author become a high quality publisher?

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The main disadvantage of self-publications: low quality. True or false?

Ever since the possibility of self-publishing has hit the markets, it has been widely stigmatized in the publishing world. One of the main reasons for this initial attitude was that, given the possibility to circumvent traditional publishers, many indie authors would start publishing books that were considered substandard by both the readers' and the critics' community.

Low-quality books have flooded the market, giving self-publishing a bad name ever since the concept was first introduced. Even today, as the number of best-selling self-published authors is on the rise, the majority of books are considered to be of lower quality than those published traditionally.

One of the main reasons that accounts for the low-quality of self-published books is the fact that authors simply don't fully understand how publishing works. Being a good writer doesn't always mean you're also a good publisher.

Understanding Self-publishing

Authors who want to avoid traditional publishers need to understand that through self-publishing they become solely responsible for their work. Editing, proofreading, formatting, and other aspects must be done by the author, either alone or with the help of others. Moreover, the financial aspect of publishing, printing, and distribution also become the responsibility of the author.

More often than not, authors are overwhelmed by the amount of work they need to put in to publish a book. Poorly written books are the direct result of thousands of authors that forgot to hire a professional editor, or even a proofreader. An expert editor can provide valuable information about the text – regarding format, general flow, and in most cases about the story itself.

Once readers come into contact with these poorly written books, the general opinion about self-publishing is affected.

How To Publish High-quality Books

The simplest way to publish a high-quality book is to do your research beforehand. You can be a great writer, but without good publishing, you will never get noticed. Grammar mistakes, typos, and writing errors can put off even the most enthusiastic reader.

Moreover, your book should have an excellent cover. The largest traditional publishers have professional cover designers in their teams. Although the idiom is "don't judge a book by its covers", in the book business, most readers do just that. There are thousands upon thousands of books that are waiting to be read. People will quickly judge a book by either its covers or title. So if you're planning to self-publish a book, make sure you hire a professional cover designer.

Being a self-published author means you have full control over your work. A lot of authors make the mistake of not revisiting their work. Understanding the audience and making adjustments accordingly is something that most authors omit. The liberty provided by self-publishing should be embraced, not ignored.

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