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Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts and Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies Analyzed, Ranked and Exposed

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The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, now in its 3rd edition, has been lauded by industry professionals as a "must-read" for any author considering self-publishing.

The Fine Print has helped thousands of authors choose a good self-publishing company and avoid predatory ones. Plus, the book explains how to read and negotiate any self-publishing company's contract.

The book analyzes and ranks the contracts and services of 45 self-publishing ...

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Overview

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, now in its 3rd edition, has been lauded by industry professionals as a "must-read" for any author considering self-publishing.

The Fine Print has helped thousands of authors choose a good self-publishing company and avoid predatory ones. Plus, the book explains how to read and negotiate any self-publishing company's contract.

The book analyzes and ranks the contracts and services of 45 self-publishing companies, discussing in detail the following about each company: * How much each company marks up printing costs, * What each company actually makes in royalties, * Explains the legalese of each company's publishing agreement.

About the Author:
Mark Levine is the president of Click Industries, Ltd. an e-commerce company with over 30 websites that provide products and services to small business owners, writers, artists and musicians. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgetown University Law Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980245578
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
Don't Wait Any Longer To Publish Your Book-Make Your Own Big Break     5
Why You Need To Read This Book     8
The Nine Qualities of a Good Self-Publishing Company     10
The Fine Print of Publishing Contracts     31
Analyzing the Fine Print of Each Publisher's Contract and Service     46
Outstanding Self-Publishing Companies     50
Aventine Press     51
Booklocker     54
Bookpros     60
Cold Tree Press     70
Dog Ear Publishing     76
Infinity Publishing     82
RJ Communications     89
Xulon Press     92
Some Pretty Good Self-Publishing Companies     99
Blitzprint     99
Foremost Press     105
Lulu     110
Magic Valley Publishing     117
Outskirts Press     121
Universal Publishers     129
Third Millennium Publishing     133
Wahmpreneur Books     137
Wasteland Press     142
Publishers Who Are Just OK     149
Blooming Twig Books     149
Booksurge Publishing     155
Bookstand Publishing     163
Createspace     169
Llumina Press     176
Virtualbookworm.com     181
Wheatmark Publishing     188
Publishers to Avoid     197
Arbor Books Inc     198
Authorhouse     203
The Beckham Publications Group     211
Dorrance Publishing     219
E-Booktime     225
Holy Fire Publishing     229
Indypublish     234
Inkwater Press     239
Ithaca Press     244
iUniverse     246
Literary Architects     256
Pagefree Publishing, Inc.     259
Pleasant Word     265
Publishamerica     273
Publish to go     281
Sirius Publications     285
Tate Publishing     290
Trafford Publishing     294
Wings Press     298
Wordclay     302
Xlibris     308
Conclusion: You Found a Publisher, Now What?     319
Acknowledgments     323
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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Don¿t wait any longer to publish your book - Make your own big break¿

    "Whether your idea of a big break is to have your book published so your story can be read by family and friends or to become the next writer on the best-seller lists, you have some decisions to make. You can publish your query-letter-writing skills and spend the time it takes to get your manuscript into the hands of an agent or traditional publisher... Or, you can take control of your writing career and spend a little money to publish your book...Forget the agents and the publishers - you don't need them..." "Don't wait any longer to publish your book - Make your own big break..." Mark Levine writes in Chapter 1 of "The Fine Print of Self Publishing." <BR/><BR/>Levine continues to cover other aspects of self-publishing including: Chapter 2, Why You Need to Read This Book; Chapter 3, The Nine Qualities of a Good Self-Publishing Company; Chapter 4, The Fine Print of Publishing Contract; Chapter 5, Analyzing the Fine Print of Each Publisher's Contract and Service; Chapter 6, Outstanding Self-Publishing Companies; Chapter 7, Some Pretty Good Self-Publishing Companies; Chapter 8, Publishers Who Are Just OK; Chapter 9, Publishers To Avoid; Conclusion, You Found a Publisher, Now What; and Acknowledge. <BR/><BR/>"The Fine Print of Self Publishing" offers valuable advice and good information. It can save you a lot of time and research. The one thing I think Levine can do to improve this book is to provide a simplified excel sheet to do an apple-to-apple comparison of all the firms that he includes in the book, lists the standard items like publishing package cost, number of author's free copy, custom cover cost, editing cost, area of distribution, LCCN cost, ISBN cost, copyright registration cost, annual cost for maintaining the e-file at publisher's server, percentage of the publisher's mark up of print cost, etc. That will save us a lot more time. <BR/><BR/>Overall, "The Fine Print of Self Publishing" is a very good book. You'll be glad if you buy this book, it is well-worthy of your money. <BR/><BR/>Gang Chen, a Book Reviewer for Bookpleasures <BR/>Author of "LEED AP Exam Guide" & "Planting Design Illustrated." LEED AP, AIA

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Excellent place to start for all budding writers

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Very Infomational and Positive

    Great Information for new writers,wanting information and facts about self publishing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Hill Crests Media's Mark A Levine Disbarred lawyer Mark A. Lev


    Hill Crests Media's Mark A Levine
    Disbarred lawyer Mark A. Levine was sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison, the longest term imposed on members of a property-flipping ring.
    Levine, 34, of Excelsior, was the only person charged in connection with flipping to take his case to a jury, which found him guilty Dec. 1 of 13 charges, including fraud and money laundering. He then pleaded guilty to another charge from a different indictment.
    U.S. District Judge David Doty also sentenced Levine to share responsibility with others involved in the schemes for restitution of $183,419 to seven flip victims.

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