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An excellent place to start for all budding authors

  • Apr 20, 2010
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As self-publishing, or Print-on-Demand (POD) publishing is becoming more popular, an important question for authors concerns the contract they are about to sign. Are they getting a good deal from the publisher, or are they (figuratively) signing their life away?

The book explores a number of things that the author must consider before signing a contract. Are the publishing fees fairly priced? Does it have a good reputation in the writing community? Does it offer decent royalties without fuzzy math? Can the author easily terminate the contract? Does the contract include the ability to obtain an ISBN or a UPC Bar Code? Never accept a contract whose terms extend for the length of the copyright (the life of the author plus 70 years). What happens to your book if the publisher declares bankruptcy?

Much of the book is taken up with an analysis of the contracts from 48 different self-publishers. The Outstanding publishers include Booklocker, Bookpros, Cold Tree Press, Infinity Publishing and Outskirts Press. The Pretty Good companies include Booksurge Publishing, Echelon Press and Third Millennium Publishing. The Okay publishers include Indy Publish, Llumina Press, Plane Tree Publishing and Publish to Go. The Bad publishers (to be avoided at all costs) include AuthorHouse, Holy Fire Publishing, PageFree Publishing and PublishAmerica. Any author thinking of signing with a "Bad" publisher needs to seriously reconsider if being a writer is really a good idea.

There is a more recent third edition available (this is the first edition). Regardless of the edition, this book needs to be on every budding author’s bookshelf. It is full of information on what to consider, and what to avoid, before signing a book contract.

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April 20, 2010
Hey Paul, where's the review? :P Did you write something in here? Because I'm not seeing anything. Let me know if you need a hand because this may be a technical glitch. Thanks!
 
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If you re considering paying a company to publish your book, don t do anything until you read The Fine Print and consider the alternatives. It will save you a lot of time, money, and heartache. --Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual<br /><br />It would take years for an author to compile all the research that Mark Levine has and, even then, most authors wouldn't be able to analyze the self-publishing companies and their contracts the way Levine does. The Fine Print of Self-Publishing will save time and money with your next self-publishing project. --Tim Bete, Director, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop<br /><br />The Fine Print is a consumer-friendly guide to choosing your best self -publishing deal. Mark explains the industry's tricky contract language in such clear terms, that any non-lawyer can understand and follow. --Perry Binder, Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Georgia State University

The Fine Print is a consumer-friendly guide to choosing your best self -publishing deal. Mark explains the industry's tricky contract language in such clear terms, that any non-lawyer can understand and follow. --Perry Binder, Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Georgia State University

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ISBN-10: 1933538562
ISBN-13: 978-1933538563
Author: Mark Levine
Publisher: Bridgeway Books
Date Published: 2006
Format: trade paperback
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