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From Self-publishing to Traditional publishing: A guide to publishing your manga book

Self-publishing and traditional publishing are two different routes for getting your manga book into the hands of readers. Both have their own set of pros and cons and the best choice for you will depend on your goals and resources.


  • Pros: You have complete control over the creative process and can publish your manga book quickly without having to go through the traditional submission process.

  • Cons: You will have to bear the costs of printing and distribution yourself, and you may have a harder time reaching a wide audience without the help of a publisher.

Traditional publishing:

  • Pros: Publishers can handle the costs of printing and distribution, and they have established networks for reaching a wide audience. They can also provide feedback on your manga book and help you improve it.

  • Cons: The traditional submission process can be long and competitive, and you may have less control over the creative process.

Here are some steps to take if you want to pursue traditional publishing:

  1. Research publishers: Look for publishers that specialize in manga or graphic novels and review their submission guidelines.

  2. Prepare a strong pitch: This includes a clear and compelling summary of your manga's story, characters, and themes, as well as a sample of your artwork.

  3. Submit your pitch: Follow the guidelines provided by the publisher and submit your pitch. Be prepared for the possibility of rejection and don't be discouraged by it.

  4. Revise and resubmit: If the publisher is interested in your manga book, they may ask for revisions. Be open to feedback and willing to make changes to improve your manga book.

  5. Sign a contract: If the publisher accepts your manga book, they will offer you a contract outlining the terms of the publishing agreement. Be sure to review the contract carefully and seek legal advice if necessary.

It's important to remember that the traditional publishing process can take a long time and requires persistence and patience. But with the right approach, it can be a great way to get your manga book in the hands of readers.


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