You’ve spent absolutely ages writing your book, and now it’s as perfect as it gets! Why choose a sub-par publisher who’s just going to mess it up—or worse, betray your trust—by providing a sub-par final product?
Here’s the thing: no one in their right minds does make that choice—at least, not knowingly. And there’s the rub! Sub-par publishers sometimes give off a very real impression that they’re anything but. Sometimes, they’re more convincing than the bonafide deal, the companies which are legitimate and will treat you right, but struggle to stand out in a marketplace crowded by phones, vanity presses, and other publishers who’re like as not prepared to milk you for every dollar you have, and satisfy their obligations by producing the bare minimum in terms of quality product.
In a sense, you’re in a double-bind as a self-publishing company! The onus should be on the publisher to provide the best possible product they can with the funds available … but because it’s difficult for regulators to enforce this—and because publishing, especially self-publishing remains ahead of the curve in regards to legislative oversight*—the reality is that you, the author, are ultimately the one person you can trust to make sure you get the best deal possible.
* One day legislation may in fact catch up to the ever-evolving products and services which have risen along with the Internet, but that day is not today.
You want a quality publisher who will give your book the attention that it deserves. How to ensure this happens?
- Spend time researching your publishing options.
- Learn what your publisher will do for you before your book is published, while your book is published and after your book is published.
- Think through what’s important to you and what you need (as opposed to those nice things you really, really want but can get by without).
- If you need someone available to help you, be sure you choose a publisher that offers help and support.
- If you know you need an amazing cover design, choose a publisher that offers a custom-designed cover. Same goes for marketing services, formatting, and everything else. Do you have the necessary skills? No? Make sure your publisher does—and for a reasonable price.
- Don’t turn your book over to just anyone. Your book is your book, not something you can afford to let anyone else ruin.
You’ve spent the time getting it just right … and now it’s time to find that company which will treat your book with the dignity and respect it deserves. Not to mention, which will treat you the same way.
You are not alone. ♣︎