Indie Publishing Options

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Partnership Publishing

Main Characteristics:

  • Partner provides marketing and industry expertise.
  • No upfront fee is needed, but advance is unlikely.
  • Author must go through a selection process with specific criteria and may be rejected.
  • Author is a partner with an agent, publisher, and/or other author collective.
  • All revenue and risk is shared.


  • Author can focus more on writing and less on the business end (marketing, obtaining services, etc.).
  • Lower risk than self-publishing.
  • Better royalties than traditional publishing.
  • Benefit of experienced and knowledgeable partner in publishing industry.


  • Contracts may vary widely, and you may need to hire an agent/attorney to read and review contracts.
  • Some partners only offer distribution and administration services.
  • May be hard to determine if partner is doing enough to earn their share of revenue.

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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!