Disadvantages of Self-Publishing: Is Self-Publishing Overrated?
I’ve never self-published–but this is what I’ve identified as the challenges of self-publishing.
If you are self-publishing to the consumer market–it can be difficult. The six major challenges can be:
1. Distribution (marketing & PR)
3. Cash flow (which can help make the journey a bit easier). Sometimes it takes money to make money–even in the world of the internet.
4. Lack of deadlines
5. Lack of editing (I see this as important to the initial process)
6. Lack of design & layout work
Self-publishing to the B2B market can be difficult too–but at least the consumer is easier to identify and perhaps even may have price flexibility if you can deliver real value to the company and/or their customers.
This summary at Lulu of the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing may be helpful.