In a recent blog post by Michael Hyatt, he writes of a growing trend among some major Christian publishers to offer a self-publishing option. This means that these major houses are adding publishing arms through which authors may self-publish their books. Three such houses are Thomas Nelson who has started Westbow Press, Harvest House’s Partner Publishers, and Broadman & Holman’s Crossbooks.
Self-publishing means that the author pays for all expenses while the publisher serves as the printer of the book and little more. In the cases of the above publishers, however, they do offer different packages with varying degrees of additional help.
Apparently, this trend is causing a huge uproar in the industry. For a long time, self-publishing has borne a stigma of inferiority that, to be honest, is usually warranted. The belief has been that writers who self-publish do not write well enough to acquire a traditional publisher. But this belief is being challenged. Because of trends toward big-name writers with national and international platforms, some outstanding writers without big names and platforms are finding it increasingly difficult to get published. As a result, many of them have turned to self-publishing.
While there are some very important things to keep in mind when self-publishing, I’ll save that discussion for another post. Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about today’s post, check out Michael Hyatt’s blog and Cathy Bryant’s on this emerging topic.