What is self-publishing?

In traditional publishing, a publishing house picks up a manuscript and pays the author an “advance” on book royalties. They also pay the author royalties once the book’s profits have paid off the advance.

In self-publishing, you choose to invest time and money upfront to publish your own book.


Why self-publish?

More and more authors—including many who previously published with traditional publishers—are learning that not only is self-publishing affordable, but you can end up with a professionally produced book that you can be proud of.


You may be ready for self-publishing if:

  • You’re tired of chasing agents and publishers, and just want to get your book out there for people to read.
  • You’re passionate about your family history, autobiography, or a local story and want to publish it, but the subject might not appeal to a larger audience.
  • You are ready to invest time and money into creating a professional-quality book you’ll be proud to call yours.


How much control will I have over the process?

At the Write Place, the author retains all the rights to the book, and also has as much control over the editorial and design process as he or she wants.


How are book price and royalties determined?

Once the book is published, the author sets the book price and royalties, with recommendations from the Write Place if desired. The author will then receive royalties on each copy sold—and if the author hand-sells the book directly to the customer, he or she keeps 100 percent of the profits. Learn more here.


How do I get an ISBN or Library of Congress Number (LCCN) for my book?

ISBNs are required if you want your books to be available for bookstores and libraries—we can provide one for you. We can also work with an ISBN you provide. If you’d like to apply for a Library of Congress Control Number, we can help you do so as well.