Self-published books outnumber traditionally published books by about 500,000 in 2009.
It lost the stigma of "Vanity" press a long time ago.
There are three BIG differences in the two options.
- Self-published books go out in about six months. The writer pays all the costs but the writer also gets to KEEP all the profits. The writer has complete control over everything that goes in the book and on the cover.
- Traditional publishers get books out in about a year, sometimes longer. The writer spends nothing but the writer receives only a small portion of the profit. The writer rarely has any control over the edits or the cover.