There is no cheap way to publish a book, not even for writers who choose to self-publish.
No need to despair. The self-publishing companies available offer a range of options. The key is to know what you’re getting into before you buy.
So, with all of the self-publishing companies available, how do you know which one is the best?
You go on a fact-finding mission.
Think of your book as your business and a self-publishing company as the prospective employee you want to work in the best interest of your business.
Before you choose a company and sign a contract, realize there is more than one good self-publishing company. Comparison shop. Make sure the one you like has services that fit your needs and the requirements of your project as much as possible.
And these are just a few of the things you need to pay attention to in your research.
Some indie authors voice surprise at the fine print found in their contracts. They also wince when they receive a copy of their masterpiece and realize the company they chose placed profit over quality.
Don’t get trapped in the business of self-publishing; get what you want—but you must do your homework to avoid a heartbreak that feels like or actually turns out to be a rip-off. While the cost of what you want to publish is important in your decision for which company to hire, try not to make it the primary one. If you’re unclear on the provisions in the contract, seek legal counsel.
A great place to find information about self-publishing companies and the self-publishing industry is on the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) website. They look out for the rights of indie authors.
ALLi also has a book available for purchase titled, “Choosing the Best Self-Publishing Companies and Services 2018: How To Self-Publish Your Book.”
In a post on ALLI’s Self-Publishing Advice Center, “Best and Worst Self-Publishing Services Reviewed & Rated by the Alliance of Independent Authors,” John Doppler, Services Watchdog and ALLi US Ambassador, has alphabetized and rated self-publishing companies for your convenience.
If you get a chance to read the introduction and the list of reviews, and you’ve worked with any of the companies on the list, let us know.
Written reviews are helpful, but first-hand testimonies are even better.