Types of Publishing Comparison


Momosa Custom Publishing Traditional Publishing Self-Publishing
Your Upfront Cost All costs $0 All costs
Advance $0 $0 to $5,000 approximately  $0
Profits (royalties) 100 percent 6 percent (Your agent retains 15% of all you make.) 100 percent
Your Time Cost writing, reviewing writing, reviewing You do all of the work!
Number of Books Published Our team has worked on thousands of books. Thousands to tens of thousands, depending on the publisher.  One!
Approval Process We will review your book and let you know our decision within a week. We publish around 50% of the books submitted to us.  It takes 3-4 months for most
traditional publishers to review a proposal. Often they don’t send rejections. Only 1 percent of authors are offered a traditional publishing deal.
It could take you a year or more to learn enough about the publishing process to self-publish your book. 
Time to Create Your Book We create your book from written manuscript to finished book in 6 to 9 months.  It could take years for a traditional publisher to complete your book. It could take you a year or more to learn enough about the publishing process to self-publish your book.
Time to Receive
Profits
Your profits are paid to you every
30 days by direct deposit from
Amazon.com and IngramSpark.
Traditional publishers pay at
90+ days.
It would depend on where and how you sell your book. 
Creative Control You have complete creative control. The publisher has “bought” your book and now has control. You do all of the work, so you have control.
Editorial team We heave highly experienced,
efficient, effective professional team.
It depends on the publisher.  You have to do it yourself.
Design team We heave highly experienced,
efficient, effective professional team.
It depends on the publisher.  You have to do it yourself.
Marketing team We create Momosa Publishing tools, including bookmarks, flyers, postcards, review request insert, and
calendars and connect you with our vetted Launch Partners.
It depends on the publisher—
likely little to no marketing work will be done on your behalf.
You have to do it yourself.
Cover Our highly experienced cover designers will design a professional book cover.  Traditional publishers would design a professional cover. Most self-published books lack a professionally designed cover.
ISBN, Bar Code, Library of Congress, Copyright We secure these critical publishing tools for your book. Traditional publishers do this. Most self-published authors do not do this. 
Amazon Review
Coordinating
We monitor your book’s Amazon.com page, like and comment to reviews, and send them to you to like, comment to, and share with your network. It’s unlikely the publisher would do this. You have to do it yourself.
HARO (Help a reporter out) We read daily expert interview requests for HARO and send
appropriate media leads to you.
It’s unlikely the publisher would do this. You have to do it yourself. 
Library pitching We pitch your book to our 20+ local libraries and to your own local libraries. It’s unlikely the publisher would do this. You have to do it yourself. 
Amazon.com posting We post for you. The publisher posts it. You have to do it yourself.
Review PDF creation We create two PDFs of your book: one for you to share with stores, libraries, and the media and one for our foreign rights agent to share. Unlikely the publisher would do this. You have to do it yourself.
eBook creation Our eBook partner creates the
files for you and posts them to
amazon.com. We link it to your paperback on amazon.com.
The publisher might create these for you. You have to do it yourself.
Audiobook creation Our audiobook partner produces the audiobook for your review, posts it, and helps to sell it. They split profits 50/50 with you.  We link it to your paperback on amazon.com. The publisher might create these for you. You have to do it yourself.
Foreign rights sales Our foreign rights agent partner works to sell the rights to publish your book to other countries It’s unlikely other publishers do this. You have to do it yourself.
Time spent with you 6-9 months 3 months It could take years for you to complete your book yourself.