Jane Friedman did a great job putting together her experiences and exposure to moderns Paths to Publishing:
I spend a lot of time at writers conferences trying to clarify the pros and cons among the different publishing paths and the growing number of services available to authors. There is no one path or service that’s right for everyone; you must understand and study the changing landscape and make a choice based on long-term career goals, as well as the unique qualities of your work—not to mention your own strengths and weaknesses.
With that in mind, I’ve developed an infographic (click to download as PDF) to describe what I see as the key 5 publishing paths, their value to authors, the potential pitfalls, and examples of each.
The five paths on Jane's chart are:
- Traditional publishing
- Partnership publishing
- Fully-assisted publishing
- Do-it-yourself (DIY) publishing with a distributor
- Do-it-yourself (DIY) direct publishing
For the record, my co-author Mike McRae and I followed path 2, partnership publishing, when we joined up with e-Mergent to publish The Machine Who Was Also A Boy (shameless plug!)
Have a look at Jane's cool chart here: http://janefriedman.com/2013/05/20/infographic-5-key-book-publishing-paths/