Why shouldn't I just Self-Publish?
1. With AltWit Press, you get the recognition that comes along with a financial backer. We've believed in your work enough to publish it. We believe in your talents, and we believe in you.
2. We provide a team of experienced people who will help you with editing, artwork, promotion, and be there when you have a question. Because of your team, you can concentrate MORE on writing and less on editing, marketing, and all the rest of the work.
3. We financially back you. The average author spends $1000-3000 to get their book published. We front the cash so you aren't struggling to get substandard, discount editing and artwork.
4. We share Creative Control. Although we have the final say in where your book is published and how it will look when finished, we want and respect your feedback! And we even take requests.
5. Now that your book is in print/e-format, we help with marketing by providing a Swag Starter Pack, Book Launch Party, and Book Tour. We also coach you on social media.
6. The more you help, the higher royalty you receive. We offer well above the industry average in royalty. If you have a large social media presence, promote your book, and help the other authors in the AltWit team, you will garner as much as 50% royalties.
7. Your book will become eligible for awards and reviews that can only come with being traditionally published.
1. When you self-pub, your doubts will be at the forefront. Unless you have a very high self-esteem, you will not know when your work is good enough, and the measure of your success will be all in the hands of your reviewers.
2. You are on you on your own. You will have to find reliable editors, cover designers, formatting experts--or learn to do it all yourself. You will have to build a social media presence and tribe without the help of other tribe members that are in your press.
3. You have to pay your own way. It's up to you to pay for the financial obligations of getting your book ready to publish, up to standard, and distributed to all outlets.
4. Creative Control - although you now have 100% control of your artwork, pricing, distribution, you need to study the market to find out what to do with it, taking away from time you could be spending in writing.
5. To get the equivalent of what we offer will cost you another $200-600 in marketing expenses.
6. You get 100% of the royalties, but the industry average is that a self-published book will garner $500 in sales over its life. That means that the average author spends $1500 and makes $500, and doesn't even break even.
7. Many reviewers and awards organizations will not accept self-published works.