The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

Published By: Bascom Hill Publishing Group

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Writing/Publishing

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Reviewed by Connie Anderson

Subtitled: The Contracts & Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies–Analyzed, Ranked & Exposed

Reading Mark Levine’s book is like having a relative (that likes you) in book publishing–one who will tell you the secrets and advise you on how to do this to your advantage.

Now that I have read this book, I believe every author who is even considering self-publishing should read, actually they should devour every page. It’s easy to read and answers questions you didn’t even know to ask.

That is the biggest issue with self-publishing for first-time authors. Who to trust with your life’s work? What questions to ask? What are the pitfalls? What is the company’s real reputation (not just what it says on their web site).

Levin divides these publishers/book printers into categories and answers the same questions for each.

— Outstanding self-publishing companies

— Some pretty good self-publishing companies

— Publishers who are use OK

— Publishers to avoid (Sadly, the longest list with 21, many well-known names.)

Info given in each area above is:

— Format

— Publishing fee

— Other services

— Retail price of author’s book

— Price author pays for book

— Royalties paid to author

— Publishing agreement

— Author-friendly rating

Levin believes that if you want your book published–because writing a book is a big accomplishment–do it and make your own breaks. However many first-time authors are clueless about costs, timelines and the effort required by them to get their book printed and then promote it.

After you read Levin’s book you will know what to watch out for, understand the contracts and how to negotiate, and how to get value for your money.

Now who doesn’t need that!

As a book editor who also reviews books, I am most disappointed when many authors who self publish do not spend the time and money to have their books professionally edited. They are not told to do it–and what they submit becomes the book, warts and all. Many a darn good story has been poorly received because it lacked even simple proofreading.

Armchair Interviews says: Save yourself money, time and aggravation by getting the facts from this superb resource.

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