Self Publishing V Traditional Publishing

Hello all,

Welcome back.  I have spoken enough about myself now, and it’s now time to focus specifically on publishing and writing, and the transition between the two.

Writers nowadays will be faced with two choices regarding the publishing process:  whether to choose the Self-Publishing route or follow the traditional publishing path.

Traditional publishing involves an author sending his or her manuscript to a publishing house with a proposal letter, usually and preferably via a known agent.  The manuscript is then read by an editor who decides whether the work should be published or rejected.

Although it is great news and extremely satisfying when your work is accepted and approved, it leaves you with very little say when a large established publishing house takes your work on board. It can also take months before your manuscript is actually published as a book.

Self-Publishing on the other hand allows you, the author, to have a large degree of control throughout the entire process. Publishing agents and their teams will provide you with advice and support but you get to see and remain connected to your work till the very end.

You can decide what you wish to be involved in, and what you would like the publishing agent and support team to do.

Today, Self-Publishing provides access to the Print on Demand (POD) technology and services so you choose how many copies you wish to be published, thus you can monitor your costs, expenditure and pre-calculate and determine profits from book sales.

Your book can also be published very quickly so there will be no agonising wait for months on end to see your final product.

With Self-Publishing, as the author, you have the authority. Most importantly, it gives you maximum flexibility. Freedom to write what you want, to shed light upon what you want, to educate or entertain people about what you see fit.  You can be as controversial and creative as you like. And this is a very liberating prospect.

Feel free to post your thoughts and comments below. Thank you.

About Me

Hi everyone,

I hope that from my last post, you understood a little bit about me and how as a Publishing Agent I can help aspiring writers to get their work published.

Today I will tell you more about how I developed an interest in publishing, and about my other interests and hobbies.

So, since a young age I have always loved creative writing.  I think I love the excitement of being able to use my imagination to create something new. Every story follows the same structure (although not necessarily in the same order): the beginning, middle, and end.  But in between you can write and create whatever you like.

Later, I became interested in how other writers incorporated their personal stories in their own work.  I realised how as entertaining books can be, they are also powerful sources of information and a representation of politics, culture and history.

Luckily, thanks to the social media boom, many people can now have their voice heard, but nothing quite beats the official aura that books have.

My other interests are quite diverse. I recently started doing Thai Kickboxing in East London and I go once a week. I admit I was somewhat motivated by the fact that I am a big food lover and wanted to be healthier, but I also wanted to try out martial arts.

I then tried out a beginners Tai Chi course to compare the different paces and approaches between the two.  I have also done a great deal of yoga over past three years so I wanted to also join any dots between the core foundations of Tai Chi and Yoga.  Yoga is a huge part of Asian culture, and because of my origin, I wanted to explore the physical and spiritual aspects of it.

I get a huge buzz from ice skating and have to practically bully people into going with me to the Christmas rinks, because most of my friends don’t enjoy it as much as I do. At the moment, I’m fairly average at it but I am determined to become “a pro”.

My music choices depend on my mood. I can go from listening to jazz or old classics at home, to going to places that play reggae or dancehall when I’m out.

I love watching football and tennis and I go to Wimbledon every year.  I worked there one year and thought that after being able to have access so easily that the novelty had worn off, but no, I still get drawn to it each summer.

My favourite ways of winding down are reading or playing music when I’m alone or having movie or cinema nights when with friends.

Last but no means least, I like the excitement that each day brings and trying out new things.  It’s always fun to see what new opportunities and times will lead to.

My Introduction

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog, The Next Chapter.   My name is Anoushka Rai and my academic background is in Comparative Literature and French. Comparative Literature is like any other literature degree, except for the fact that we studied texts by authors from all over the world. 

I absolutely loved it as it opened doors that helped me understand more about other countries and cultures. In my second and final year in particular I noticed how literature was a representation of the political, cultural and historical contexts in which they were written.  This encouraged me to develop a stronger political and social global understanding so I then studied a Master’s in International Relations.

Books, like music and paintings and other art, can portray so much about one’s experiences, whether they be individual or as society as a whole.

For some of the authors who had lived through various significant times, their books and poetry were therapeutic releases from what they had witnessed. For other writers, their books were a way of informing the rest of the world about their country, culture or social situation.  

I then became interested in inspirations for individual creativity, the process behind writing books and the steps to getting work produced and published.  From here on, the publishing world has become of great interest to me.

Now I am a Publishing Agent for a long standing publishing house that has published work that I believe correlates with my professional and personal interests.

We provide help and support to existing experienced authors, but also to new up and coming writers who aren’t quite sure how to get their work published. 

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to get their written work published.  In a world where new and up and coming talent should be nurtured and nourished, we will help you through all stages of the publishing process.

Whether it be fact or fictional, if you feel that you have something to create and offer to the world, you should always follow up on your desire to communicate, write and produce work that can inform, entertain and/or enlighten others. 

Books (paperback or E Books) will always have special slot in societies worldwide. The power of the written word is endless.  So, I hope this blog will inspire you to learn more about literature, encourage you to read more, and motivate you to write and channel your creativity.

Lots of Love 

Anoushka x