Q&A: What does a Publisher do for the Author?

May 3rd, 2012 → 8:00 am @

Previously, ZLS Publishing has been answering common questions authors have about their books. Take a look at what they have to say about the benefits of publishers:

What exactly does a publisher do for the author? I’ve heard different things and I am confused. Please clarify.

Traditional publishers operate very differently from self-publishing companies. A traditional publisher handles all of the publishing tasks and can get wide distribution in bookstores and other channels. Publishers do some publicity, but authors are still mostly responsible for promoting their books.  Self-publishing companies offers services such as book printing, editing, typesetting, etc. Some also offer marketing services. The main difference is with traditional publishing, there is no cost to the author, whereas with self-publishing, there is a cost to the author.”

Authors, find more great advice like this in the pages of ZLS’ magazine, Pens and Profits, online!

Carol Topp, CPA


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