Seven Publishing Myths

November 14, 2018


Many people who love to read and write come up with new stories every day, during class, during homework, or in a dream, but most are not aware of the different methods of publishing to share their stories. Publishing is not an easy process, here are seven myths to give you a jump start into understanding the world of book publishing.

1. To publish a book you must have an agent. 

If you choose to self-publish a book, an agent may not be necessary, but if you choose to publish traditionally, having a literary agent can be advantageous. When a publishing house offers you a contract to publish and sell your book, your agents can help you negotiate and guide you through the competitive world of publishing, Writer’s Digest explains.

2. Publishing a book through a publisher is your only option. 
When choosing what method to use to publish your manuscript there are two options, traditional publishing, and self-publishing. According to Writer’s Digest, traditional publishing occurs when an author is offered a contract from a publisher that gives them the authority to publish and market the book. Self-publishing occurs when an author publishes his or her work without the help of a publisher. Authors who choose self-publishing invest their own money into the manufacturing and marketing of their manuscript.

3. The more money spent will result in an increased chance that your book will succeed. 

Writer’s Digest explains that the success of your novel does not solely depend on the amount of money spent as much as the content, but a large budget can help authors market their books at more retailers and give them the opportunity to go on more book tours.

4. Self-published books are of lower quality.

Not all traditional publishers are good just like not all self-published novels are bad. When self-publishing the most important thing to consider is that you should get multiple opinions of the text and pay attention details.

5. You can only use one type of publishing method.

Today, technology is a big part of our lives and many authors use this as a method of publishing. Along with an e-book, authors publish physical copies and record an audiobook of the novel.

6. If a publisher does not like your book no one will.

Something to remember when publishing a novel or any form of work that is entirely your own is that not everyone will like it, but there may be people who will possibly consider your story the best one ever written.

7. If you publish traditionally the publisher will do all the work for you.

Publishers work with you when deciding what designs to use and involve you in the different processes of publication, such as formatting and choosing the cover, Belinda Pollard explains. Your input is crucial to the entire process. After all, this is your work.



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Pollard, Belinda, et al. “5 Publishing Myths Debunked.” Write, Edit & Publish Like a Pro, 11 Feb. 2017,

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One Response to “Seven Publishing Myths”

  1. Mr. Maerzke on December 3rd, 2018 10:41 am

    Good advice for aspiring writers. I haven’t done much research into the topic myself. For any aspiring fiction writers out there, I definitely recommend participating in Flash Fiction competitions over the summer. It is a great way to practice meeting writing deadlines and chat with other writers. There is a great community of writers at

    That is the competition I usually participate in, but any organized competition is great practice if you are looking to write professionally.

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