August 31, 2009 2 Comments
Here is the what, when, where, how much of everything right now.
I bought the Bookstore Premier Pro Express (on sale form $2,499 to $1,599) when going with iUniverse. I would have gone with the Bookstore Premier Pro NOT express, but the express was on sale and the other was not.
I read reviews and ratings for the top self-publishers out there. I studied Lulu, AuthorHouse, and a couple others and found that there were a few I liked. In the end it came down to 3 things plus their overall rating.
Three important things to me in order of importance…
1. Editing ~ I want my book worth the money spent on it.
2. Cost for the buyer ~ I want my readers to not have to spend a fortune on my book
3. Book return-ability ~ I want stores to want to carry my book and that means they might need to return it.
I found that iUniverse had the strongest reviews with the editing, prices were a little high but nothing I could change, and the books could be returned if I bought the package. I do wish I could change the price of the book. I will only be taking 10% instead of 20% making it so bookstores will be able to sale my book for cheaper. That was the best I could do for anyone. I wished iUniverse had the same deal that AuthorHouse offers, so I could take a 5% and make my book very cheap, but editing was top on my list. Without a good edit my book would not even be worth a buck. If I could have found a review on Wright Book Publishing I might have gone with them. I did like what they had to offer in their packages. Please, if anyone goes with Wright Books let me know how it went/goes, I am very curious.
Now I understand (from working at B&N) that books need to be modeled in the store in order for them to be stocked in the store. I also know from working in a book store that people do not always pick-up what they order and that people do order a lot of books. So that return-ability is important. I really don’t know if going with the 10% or 20 % will be help any, but I am trying.
This was a great table to go off of…
I think it was from early 2009… not sure though. Lulu was not on it, which surprised me, but I’m sure it’s because Lulu in not technically a “publisher.” But they still publish books…
This info did surprise me, but I still considered them. I did not find a disclaimer like that on the other sites but I could have missed it. If anyone finds something like that please let me know and I will update this.
I was shocked that iUniverse, Authorhouse, and Xlibirs did not have more matching items since they were all bought by Authorhouse. I discovered that in some of my research. iUniverse still topped out as the best edit wise.
I had the editorial evaluation done and it was recommended that I had a content edit. That cost me $3,475 and some odd change. Which my book is in the process of finding the editor to do the right type of job I need. It sounds very hand picked, which makes me happy.