Indie Publishing Options

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Self-publishing + Distribution

Main Characteristics:

  • Author does all the work—responsible for hiring outside services (editing, cover design, formatting) and other assistance.
  • Author provides distributor with final files/book.
  • Distributor may take portion of sales and/or charge upfront fee.
  • Author keeps all rights to book.
  • Distributor pays author.


  • Distributor is mandatory for print or POD books.
  • Some distributors provide e-book file conversion, marketing tools, and other services for free or a fee.
  • Author isn’t responsible for managing several accounts for multiple retailers.


  • Print and POD services won’t place your book in bookstores.
  • Some distributors are also online retailers which may require upfront fees, a portion of sales, and/or exclusivity.

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Which would you recommend? Great to see the options. They are all have their downsides and big benefits x

This is such valuable information! I self published the very year it came out and wish I had waited. It was such a new thing back then but now it is more the norm. I am glad to see this updated information on the options in case I want to publish again!

For me, I’d rather go for the publisher option as I’m not really sure what I would be doing if I did it myself. Al they help with the marketing and distribution and I could do with the extra help there.

I’ve actually considered writing a book and hadn’t thought of all these options for when it is finally finished. Thankyou for sharing this!