Friday, June 3, 2016

Questions from Readers (Part 5 of 9)

(Kathy Ide continues with more things to consider when searching for a subsidy publisher.)

4. What sales avenues will be available for your book? I used to recommend CreateSpace (Amazon’s self-publishing division) until I realized that books (both print and electronic) that an author creates there can only be purchased from Amazon. And competitors won’t buy books from them.

5. If you want to pay the subsidy publisher for a marketing package, find out what you’re really getting. Will they do anything that you can’t do as well or better on your own?

6. Does the publisher require that you purchase a minimum number of copies? If so, do you realistically believe you can sell that many at a high enough price to recover your costs?

7. Before you sign with a publisher, check Preditors & Editors ( to see if the company you’re considering has earned a positive or negative reputation.

For more details on self-publishing options, check out my website, under Helping Writers/Getting Published.

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—Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series, is a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor and teacher. She is the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN.

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