2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Exploring Publishing Choices: Impact on Author Royalties

Marliere G. Toothaker
Dr. Kathy Otero, Faculty Mentor

This paper delves into the intricate landscape of publishing choices and their profound impact on author royalties. It aims to enlighten aspiring writers on the multifaceted options available in traditional and self-publishing realms while highlighting the monetary and non-monetary benefits and challenges inherent in each. Through a comprehensive analysis, it elucidates how traditional publishing provides a supportive framework, allowing authors to focus solely on writing while offering prestige and widespread distribution. Conversely, self-publishing offers greater autonomy and higher royalties but demands a substantial personal investment in various publishing tasks. The study also evaluates the evolving landscape of ebook and audiobook publishing, shedding light on the emergence of new platforms like Spotify and their potential impact on author earnings. Ultimately, it provides valuable recommendations tailored to authors' career aspirations and creative inclinations, aiming to empower them in navigating the intricate world of publishing.

Keywords: Publishing, Royalty, Author, Books, Writing, Profit, Salary

Topic(s):Creative Writing
Business Administration

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 407-2
Location: MG 1098
Time: 2:15

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