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Just wanted to say thank you for your efforts on my manuscript...You did an awesome job and your attention to detail helped so much! (Tim McKitrick, Timothy Publishing Services, author of "The Hope of Glory")
"Thank you again for all of the time and effort you put into making sure this book is all that God has created it to be. I'm filled with so much joy and excitement." (Asia Carter, author of "Woman in Motion")
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Thanks for everything you did! John Anderegg

Why the Self-Publishing Dislike? (Part 4)

Blog pic (Part 4 of 5)  As you look into self-publishing, particularly online, it will not take long before you find those who demonize it, in whole or in part. The accusations can range widely, but when you boil it down, they demonize it because:

1) It is not traditional publishing where the publisher pays the author to write a book. (We dealt with this in Part 2: http://cspablog.typepad.com/my-blog/2010/12/why-some-people-have-such-a-problem-with-self-publishing-part-2-.html )

2) They self-published a book, thinking it would be a bestseller and it was not–by a long shot. (We dealt with this in Part 3: http://cspablog.typepad.com/my-blog/2011/01/reason-2.html )

3) They self-published a book and believe they were taken advantage of by a company–what was promised was not delivered.

Here we go…

1) They are right. (Some of them.) 

There are many publishing services providers out there competing to serve Christian authors who self-publish: Xulon Press, Winepress, Tate, Westbow Press, CrossBooks, and many small publishers (seems like a new one every day). And yes, it is sad to say, there are some who do not serve authors with integrity. Good Christian people have lost money to such services.

(Compare Christian self-publishing services providers here: Publisher Comparison Chart. )

(Already self-published? Rate your publisher here (20-second survey): Rate Your Publisher )  

2)  Quite a few are wrong.

Though you read people online raging against their “scam” Christian publisher, in speaking with a number of these people, we find that it is often not quite as it appears. Many times an assumption, a misunderstanding, or an unreasonable expectation are truly to blame.

Assumptions and Expectations. When I was signed by a traditional publisher in 1989, I assumed my publisher would cover expenses for me: a hotel stay so I could hole up and write my book, research fees, permissions fees, help securing copyrighted material I would include in the work, and so on. They covered none of it. I thought my editor would just take what I gave him and make it perfect. I did not expect extensive notes and marks in my manuscript that would cause me to rework large portions of my manuscript. 

I assumed my book, as special as it was to me, would be the focus of my publisher in marketing dollars–it was not. I expected mentoring and extensive time with (and personal attention from) my publisher. That did not happen. I expected my book to sell tens of thousands (it sold just over 10,000). I was continually surprised as assumptions and expectations were proven wrong.   

What assumptions do you have about self-publishing? Do you expect extensive time with the staff of your self-publisher? Do you expect them to cover expenses? Do you expect them to focus on your book above all the others they publish? Be careful what you assume. In addition, make sure you base your publishing decisions on facts, not assumptions.  Manage your expectations. 

Avoid Misunderstandings.

  • Make sure you thoroughly understand ALL services your publisher is offering you.  Ask questions. (Remember, it is just as important to know what they are NOT offering as it is to know what they are offering you in their services.)
  • Make sure you actually read and understand the contract/agreement you are signing BEFORE you sign it. (We would be glad to take a look at your contract and give you the pros and cons: Contract Review Service. )

Has your publishing dream become a nightmare? We can serve as your advocate with your publisher: Publisher Problem Mediation Services.

Blessings!

Jim Kochenburger

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