Most authors prefer their written works to published form, even if they have to use self-publishing. Traditional for-profit publishers are limited in what they accept. Their editors decide whether the written work will be published or not, and they will make money. These publishers employ an author's editor, and when completed, the book is printed, distributed and marketed through the usual channels and media. The author sometimes receives a down payment based on sales forecasts and other criteria such as the author's popularity. The author does not bear any financial risk over the sites like Shopify, but free  platform.

An alternative publishing method is self-publishing. Books, brochures, leaflets and other written work are made by printing and binding them into hard or soft finished products. Commercial publishers buy the rights to written works, print these books, and then sell or otherwise distribute them. These writers have access to vanity newspaper publishers who are willing to pay all production costs as royalties. This is a form of self-publishing that is likely to cost the author money rather than make a profit. One reason is that the publisher is not responsible for determining the quality and marketability of a book, as is the case with a traditional commercial publisher.

The publishers also charge the author a fee, but they also bear some financial risk and all production decisions and purchase rights from the author. They charge the author a fee, and the author will receive royalties after publication and sale. The author will have no role in the design of the book or in other aspects of production. Help publishers help the author publish the book, but publish the work with their own imprint.

For writers who want to publish all their books, there is something called true self-publishing. They can offer every aspect of production in competitive offers at the best price and get paid for everything they do. Self-publishers control the development, distribution and marketing of all works. The author reserves all rights to the written work and receives all benefits. Completed books are his personal property and he can distribute and sell them as he wishes. They can get a high quality end product because they are willing to pay for it. The author fully controls and assumes all risks of the project.

There are also some web printers today that offer short-term printing while publishing on-demand written work. Files are uploaded electronically and authors can choose from a variety of packages, including design and marketing. Some POD (on-demand printing) publishers have connections to online marketplaces such as Amazon.

Self-publishing is an option available to authors who cannot publish to traditional publishers. Many self-published Books & Magazine are sold, but marketing and distribution can be very difficult