Perplexity Talks About Self-Publishing

PG spent a little time with Perplexity an AI writing assistant. You can decide how useful it was. He used the free version, which he found to be quite powerful.

Note: Perplexity responses includes links to online sources it found and, presumably, used in formatting its responses. PG has left the live links in place at the end of each of the bullet points at the end of the bullet points. He’s not certain whether extensive use will break the links or not.

PG was disappointed about the limited number of sources Perplexity apparently relied upon. He speculates that the professional version, which requires a subscription fee of $20 per month or $200 per year, will provide information from a wider range of sources.

You will want to check out the links to get a sense of the types of sources Perplexity uses in crafting its response. PG will need to do some more research into the question of how the program assesses the reliability of the information it uses.

Prompt: What are the tradeoffs between self-publishing and traditional publishing?

Response: Based on the search results provided, here is a summary of the key tradeoffs between self-publishing and traditional publishing:

Self-Publishing Pros

  • Full control over the creative process, including content, cover design, pricing, and release timeline123
  • Higher royalty rates, allowing authors to keep a larger share of book sales revenue123
  • Faster time to market, with books potentially published within 6 months12
  • Ability to publish niche or specialized books that may not appeal to traditional publishers12

Self-Publishing Cons

  • Responsibility for all publishing tasks like editing, marketing, and distribution, which can be time-consuming and expensive123
  • Difficulty in getting self-published books into physical bookstores and achieving wide distribution123
  • Potential perception of lower quality or credibility compared to traditionally published books123
  • Challenges in effective book marketing without the support of a publishing house’s marketing team123

Traditional Publishing Pros

  • Access to industry expertise and resources for editing, design, printing, distribution, and marketing123
  • Potential for higher visibility and credibility through established publisher relationships123
  • Possibility of receiving an advance payment prior to publication23
  • Wider distribution through publisher’s channels, including bookstores123

Traditional Publishing Cons

  • Highly competitive selection process, with low acceptance rates for unsolicited manuscripts123
  • Longer timeline to publication, often taking 2+ years123
  • Less creative control, as publishers make key decisions about the book123
  • Lower royalty rates compared to self-publishing123

In summary, self-publishing offers more control and potentially higher royalties, while traditional publishing provides industry expertise, credibility, and wider distribution, but with less creative control and a longer timeline. The best option depends on the author’s goals, resources, and target audience

2 thoughts on “Perplexity Talks About Self-Publishing”

  1. Well, one point – for those who have mastered self-publishing (no, not myself, or at least not yet), the time to publish is far less than six months.

    I am quite doubtful about the “credibility” arguments, too. As well as the value of the “support” from traditional publishers.

    • Or the value of B&M store access to newcomers of either stripe.
      What is thevalue of spine-out shelving in the back of a store for three months? Three sales?

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