You’ve got a book. It’s ready to be published, but you don’t know the first thing about how to do that. You ask around. No, you don’t want to go through the traditional publishing route because it could be several years after your book is accepted for it to even see the light of day. You want your book published and you want it now, though you don’t want to self-publish either. It sounds like too much work.
Then, someone comes along who tells you they will publish your book for you. Wow! A dream come true. Or is it?
What is a Publisher?
There are different kinds of publishers. Some are legitimate and will be good for you, while others are predators looking to make money off of you. The latter will not help you except to produce an inferior product that won’t last long in the market place.
Let’s look at the difference:
A publisher could be one of three things according to the dictionary. A publisher is a firm in the publishing business; a publisher is a person engaged in publishing periodicals such as magazines, books, or music; or a publisher is the proprietor of a newspaper.
Unfortunately, with this broad definition anyone can claim to be a publisher.
A legit publisher will not ever ask for your money. Ever. I can’t stress this enough.
An assisted publishing company will ask for money. And they are legit. So what is the distinction?
An assisted publishing company offers services to get your manuscript in shape, get artwork and narrative formatted, get the cover and book designed, and Continue reading Buyer Beware: Predatory Publishers