Traditional publishers deal with a variety of issues, and some of those issues (e.g., the desire to maintain the perceived value of books by pricing them appropriately) may work against the broadest distribution of books and giving every author the opportunity to be published.
Success can be measured in a variety of ways. For some authors, success is defined not by monetary gain but by reaching as many readers as possible with their words. A self-published author can offer their ebooks for free or for a very low price to reduce price resistance and build their following. They also are free to charge as much as they choose to obtain higher compensation for their creative work and to make sure the reader is invested enough in the title to feel motivated to read it.
How important is it to you to have the freedom to price your ebook as you see fit?
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The previous post in this series discusses the advantages and disadvantages of traditional versus self-publishing when it comes to launching a book, continuing to nurture it over time, and moving on to the next opportunity–the product life cycle in book publishing. The next post looks at the different levels of book sales and distribution offered by various publishing options.