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What are the disadvantages of working with a traditional press?

What are the disadvantages of working with a traditional press?
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We wish it were always awesome…but it’s not.

There are several disadvantages to traditional publishing:

Competition: Traditional publishing can be highly competitive, and it can be difficult for authors to get their work accepted by a traditional publisher. Many traditional publishers receive thousands of submissions per year, and only a small percentage of those are selected for publication.

Loss of control: When an author works with a traditional publisher, they often have to cede a significant amount of control over the publishing process to the publisher. This includes decisions about the book’s cover design, marketing efforts, and distribution.

Long wait times: The traditional publishing process can be slow. It can take several months or even years for a book to go from submission to publication. This can be frustrating for authors who are eager to get their work out into the world.

Limited profits: Traditional publishers typically pay authors a percentage of the profits from book sales, which can be a low amount compared to the author’s initial advance. Additionally, traditional publishers often retain the rights to an author’s work. This can limit the author’s ability to monetize their work in other ways.

Limited audience: Traditional publishing tends to focus on a narrow range of genres and topics, and it can be difficult for authors who write in more niche or unconventional genres to find a traditional publisher. This can limit the potential audience for an author’s work.

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