So, after researching the traditional publishing industry, I decided, I just didn’t want to go that route. I decided that I wanted to self-publish, simply because I wanted to be in control of the product, by selling it on my own terms, my own way. I’ve done my research and I’ve finally decided on how to go about self-publishing my own book. But, I haven’t actually done it yet. (I’m still in the process.) I purchased a publishing package from Lulu, a print on demand publisher. (POD) I decided on Lulu, because honestly, there are very few reputable “self-publishing” companies who will actually allow you to Harrison principles of internal medicine 19th edition “self-publish.” Out of all of the self-publishing companies out there: Lulu is one of the biggest and arguably cheapest, though, probably not the best. But they have a fairly good relationship with Amazon…and that is key in the world of book publishing.
Oh that Vanity! (Watch Out for Scamming Vanity Presses)
Most of the so called “self-publishing” companies are vanity presses, who do everything that a traditional publisher does, (including con you out of your rights to the your book) and to add insult to injury… they make you pay for everything! (And I do mean everything, editing, book-formatting, cover design, distribution, marketing.) What happens with a lot of vanity presses, is that they make you spend thousands of dollars on these services, which they do not perform all that well. I actually had an author complain about how, after a $4000 edit, her manuscript came back from a vanity press editor with even more errors! Not only did she end up editing her manuscript herself, she even had to fix the errors the vanity press made! What a clever scam! You pay for everything. You clean up the messes! You lose all of your rights! You end up paying thousands of dollars in time and money trying to buy your work back from the horrid vanity press. That’s why vanity publishing is such a dirty word in the publishing industry.
Amazon is King!
In my next article, I’ll go into more details on which vanity presses to avoid, and why. Also, sooner or later we are going to have to discuss the beast that is Amazon. Right now, AMAZON IS KING, not only in the book-selling world, but also, in retail as well. As a result, as most Kings do, Amazon has everyone frightened: traditional publishers, booksellers, (Amazon took Borders out!), writers… Amazon is pretty much feared by all in the publishing world at this point. Why? Because you really can’t publish without Amazon for knowledge Read More…