The author-publisher relationship is an ongoing connection created and established between the author and the publisher throughout the journey of publishing the author’s book. Its nature is mutual and should be beneficial to the interests of both parties and for the success of publishing a book. To land the book into the hands of the reader, the two cannot do so without each other. Despite the publishing route you take – independent publisher or traditional publisher, this relationship should be fruitful.
Publishing is an exciting journey, one which starts from the idea stage right through distribution and ends with the publication in the hands of the reader. However, oftentimes, there is a mix-up of what book publishing is, mistaking for printing or social media posting which then overshadows the relevance of the publisher.
There’s a famous quote that says ‘we don’t get paid for effort but for results.’ Likewise, a writer is recognised with a published project. This could be a book, memoir, essay, poem, newspaper article, you name it. All we want is for you to finish and publish – that’s what can make you confidently refer to yourself as a writer.
There are different types of publishing processes. As promised, I’m back to discuss Independent Publishing, Independent Authors (Indie Authors) and Pure Self-publishing. I’m tying this in one post because Indie Authors and Self-published Authors are sometimes referred to as the same but I want to demystify that. I’m also attaching Independent Publishing as it serves Indie Authors. I aim to bring out the difference with pure self-publishing.
Publishing is the process of making information and literature available to the public, for sale or for free. To add on to books, this can also include music, software, web content etc. Traditionally, the term refers to the distribution of printed works, such as books, newspapers, and magazines – and this will be our working definition.