Authors Think Publishers Make Better Books

book ebookWhen it comes to putting out a better quality product, authors think that publishers do better than authors can do on their own. That said, self-published authors believe they’ll get more creative control when they do it themselves – and creative control is something they crave.

When it comes to outcomes in general, authors believe they’ll overall get better outcomes when working with publishers. That’s true when it comes to sales expectations, marketing support and nearly everything authors consider important in publishing.

Yet, one of the main messages of the recently published Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest author report is that hybrid authors – those who know both self-publishing and traditional publishing – are comparatively down on publishers and bullish on self-publishing.

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