Traditional Publishing FAQ

Blue Handle Publishing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is traditional publishing dying?
    No, they still control the money and the system. But they are being challenged more and more.
  • How much does traditional publishing cost?
    Traditional publishing doesn’t cost you anything. Only self-publishing.
  • Is traditional publishing better?
    If you are lucky enough (1%) to get into the right system, yes. Having the power, money and marketing behind your manuscript makes a difference.
  • What is the difference between traditional and self publishing?
    One you are on your own, the other involves an expert believing in your work and spending their own money.
  • How much money can you make from a self published book?
    Depends on the effort you put in to market it. Avg profit for a book is $2-4, you need to sell alot of books, but there is a cost to marketing those books.
  • Will books disappear in the future?
    Knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is a historical constant.  
  • What is the best publisher for first time authors?
    There is no “best.” It’s about the manuscript, the author and needs of the industry. We have many service to help find your way.
  • Why you shouldn't self publish?
    If you’ve never worked on a car, do you trust yourself to fix the transmission?
  • Who are the big 5 publishers?
    Penguin/Random House | Hatchette Book Group | Harper Collins | Simon and Schuster | Macmillan
  • Is Amazon Self Publishing worth it?
    It can be a very useful tool for building a brand to get literary agents to notice.

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