Rosemary Hansen wrote:
Please please do your research before paying any company or "publisher" or even giving them your work. There are a lot of shadow/dirty "publishers" out there that are scammers and will take large amounts of $$ from you ($10,000+) to publish your book when in fact they take your money and you never hear from them again. I would not trust any company that you haven't heard about from other successful authors. There are dozens of stories of small authors who don't know how this works and will give away their work and promptly see it published under someone else's name and...actually the contract they signed with the "publisher" said that they can use your book for anything they want, change it, slap someone else's name on it, etc.
Rosemary Hansen wrote:
Last bit of advice: Start writing your book first.
Rosemary Hansen wrote: Once you get the meat of the book done then you can get all those complicated q's answered. And have fun!
Rosemary Hansen wrote: If you want to get a lot of q's answered, sign up for an Amazon account and hang out in the customer forums where they talk about self-publishing. There are tons of posts about all this stuff and lots more.
Just five companies account for over 85% of the books self-published each year:
CreateSpace: This company is owned by Amazon.com and its strengths include low printing costs. Tellwell includes Createspace as an option for distribution and printing. However, we are a competitor of theirs when it comes to services such as design and editing.
Lightning Source & IngramSpark: These two platforms offer competitive print-on-demand services; however, their ebook distribution offers only 40% royalties. Tellwell often uses IngramSpark for print-on-demand, but not for ebooks. These companies do not offer help with editing, design, or publicity.
Smashwords: Smashwords offers an ebook “aggregation” service, making your book available for sale in some of the major ebook channels in exchange for a percentage of sales. You need to be technically savvy enough to get your book in the proper format for them. Their service does not include Kindle ebooks – the most popular ebook option. They do not offer help with editing, design or publicity services. Tellwell generally does not deal with Smashwords because we can get a better deal for authors by dealing directly with each ebook platform (e.g. Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks, and Google Books).
Lulu: This company has a broad range of formats and some good tools for do-it-yourselfers, but their printing is expensive and they take a significant chunk of the author’s revenues.
Author Solutions: They operate many different self-publishing brands including Xlibris, Authorhouse, Trafford, iUniverse, Belboa, Abbott Press, and Archway. Some of these brands are partnerships with traditional publishers, where Author Solutions does the actual work and compensates the traditional publisher for the referrals. Author Solutions’ two main strengths are their persistent sales force and their aggressive Google advertising. Their downside is that they significantly mark-up the printing costs and take a large portion of sales revenues. As of 2013, about 75% of their staff were located in the Philippines.
raven ranson wrote:
What I want to do is to publish a series of small books. I thought they were called booklets but after talking to a few publishers, my word count makes them books, not booklets (whatever the difference is). Then I will later combine and expand the small books into one larger book.
Because my subject isn't a common one, there aren't many books in print that come near it. So I don't know in advance what kind of sales it will get - which makes it difficult to sell the idea to a publisher. My theory is that by producing the smaller books I can test the market and build interest in the subject. I can also get a taste of self-publishing and see if I want to go this path for my big book or try and sell it to a publisher.