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Why Choose Self-Publishing?

Getting your book from an idea into print can be one of the most exciting processes of your life (Click to Tweet). Somewhere along your writing process you will begin to consider how you will get your book into print and begin to weigh your two main options, traditional publishing or self-publishing.

Since Balboa Press is a division of Hay House, it would be unfortunate to continue talking about self-publishing without mentioning Louise Hay’s journey with self-publishing and the rise of Hay House from humble roots. Louise Hay founded Hay House in 1984 as a way to self-publish her first two books which eventually went on to sell over 35 million copies worldwide (Click to Tweet). Today, Hay House is a full-scale traditional publishing company, but Louise never forgot her self-publishing roots and therefore decided to create Balboa Press to give more authors the chance to self-publish books without the need for literary agents.

You may be thinking that self-publishing worked for Louise Hay, but why is it a good option for me? That’s a good question and one you need to consider during your publishing journey. Here are a few reasons why you should choose self-publishing for your book (Click to Tweet):

  • Avoid rejection from literary agents and traditional publishers. In order to have a traditional publisher consider your book, you must hire a literary agent. The agent will then try to sell your book to publishers. Unsolicited manuscripts are not accepted by most traditional publishers and often end up in the slush pile. As a supported self-publisher, Balboa Press does not have a slush pile. You simply consult with your publishing consultant and then purchase your publishing package.
  • You have full control over the content and rights to your book. Unlike a traditional publisher, Balboa Press will never buy the rights to your book. The rights remain yours throughout the entire publishing process so you are free to pursue other options with your book. Since you own the rights to your book, you also have ultimate control over what happens to your book throughout all stages of publishing and marketing. Nothing is changed in your book without your say.
  • Speed to market. When you publish with a traditional publisher, months and even years can pass between when your literary agent accepts your manuscript and when you see your book in the marketplace. Additionally, by the time your book makes it to market it may look very different than the manuscript you submitted. Not so with Balboa Press. Books can move very quickly through the publishing process, and thanks to Print-On-Demand technology, books are printed as they are ordered and immediately shipped out.

Self-publishing is an excellent option if you are ready to see your name across the cover of a book (Click to Tweet). Call 877.407.4847 to learn more about the advantages of working with Balboa Press, or if you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of Louise Hay and start your own self-publishing journey, register with Balboa Press and start charting your own publishing destiny.

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