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Paying to be self-published

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:47 am
by virgilDebique
Hi all,

I am after your opinion. I have self published several short stories through Amazon's KDP and while they have had a few downloads, nothing spectacular as of yet.

I am finishing my manuscript for a fantasy novel and I am currently running an online campaign through a website called publishizer. So far I have interest from a company called Happy Self Publishing. They are offering me packages to self publish, with the cheapest being $1,299. They do more which include editing.

My question is, is there a benefit to paying a company that much money to help you self publish, when it's relatively easy with Amazon? Is that sort of money justifiable? They are offering 3 rounds of editing, book cover design and publishing (though technically self-publishing), I also still get 100% royalties.

Thanks for your advice and opinions.

Re: Paying to be self-published

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:03 pm
by ostarella
Most companies that are pay to play are to be avoided (research "vanity publishers"). This is different from you hiring an editor, or paying for print copies, or other business costs involved in publishing your own book. Many of these companies take way too much money for very little service (if they provide them at all after they've got your money). And don't be fooled by a few that are 'affiliated' with major publishers.

Re: Paying to be self-published

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:29 pm
by virgilDebique
Thanks, that's basically what I'd thought and I'll keep that in mind.

Re: Paying to be self-published

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:19 pm
by mikeyboy_esq
I agree with Ostarella. Of course, you have to have a good book to start with, but I see very little benefit to paying a company (like Balboa) to publish my books when I can self-publish them (I hire my own editor, book cover designer, graphic designer, etc.) for cheaper and still produce a quality book. At the end of the day, I think book sales for any book (whether traditionally published or self-published) will greatly depend on the author's marketing activities. So if your books aren't getting much traction in the market, it may be because of lack of marketing efforts or perhaps you haven't tried the right marketing efforts yet to reach your target audience (this assumes you have a good quality book that meets the needs or desires of your target audience). Just my 2 cents.