Reader’s Question: “What is the difference between promoting a self-published or traditional press book?”

Alle C. Hall
1 min readFeb 7, 2024

Let’s peel back the first layer of this very big question.

Buy my book? Please?

The only real difference I can see between promoting a self-published book and a traditionally published one is that traditional publishers give at least a year from contract-signing to book-in-hand. (There are a lot of classes and coaches that you can take to walk you through this process. I offer them.)

A traditional publisher may assign you a publicist for the few weeks prior to and following your launch date. That is an industry standard.

I see self-published authors too eager to get their book “out there” as soon as possible. While the eagerness is understandable, the book then debuts to the crashing sound of no sales or media attention because there is no platform there to support those.

I strongly recommend giving yourself a year to lay the necessary groundwork for a successful debut.

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Alle C. Hall

Author: As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back: 1st Place: International FireBird Book Awards: "Literary" & "Coming of Age"