How to Avoid Self-Publishing Scams

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Self-publishing Scams to Avoid

Self-Publishing Scams

by Deborah S. Nelson

So you are thinking of publishing a book! Fabulous. And you want to know how to avoid self-publishing scams that dot the landscape of digital publishing. Good idea. This article will help arm you with knowledge, BEFORE you publish a book.


Self-Publishing

As a self-publishing coach, I am often asked: Which are the self-publishing companies to avoid? Although this sounds like an easy question to answer, it is not. In the changing landscape of digital publishing, companies are coming and going daily. Self-publishing is an emerging industry. The music and photography industries have already made their transition to the digital age. We enjoy downloadable songs and sheet music, digital cameras, online photographic services, online magazines to name a few. Book publishing is still working through the twists and turns of its transition to online digital publishing.

Therefore, to name self-publishing companies to avoid would be a tricky full-time job. Although this is not the easy answer, education is your best defense against self-publishing scams.

Basic Self-Publishing Terminology

Before you decide which company to hire, learn the basic terminology of self-publishing. Two great tools for this are the Dictionary of Self-Publishing Terms  and WIKIPEDIA, the definition of Self-Publishing. Once you understand self-publishing is you handling your own project, which self-publishing company to hire is solved. It is nearly impossible to hand over your self-publishing project to someone else. When you do, you create an unnecessary middleman. As SELF-PUBLISHER, you are responsible for all aspects since everything passes through you (or should). Inviting a third party could complicate and slow down the project.

Self-Publishing Companies to Avoid

Avoid self-publishing scams by choosing not to hire a so-called “self-publishing company.” By definition, only you, the author, can be the self-publisher. Shift your focus to hiring  a good print on demand printing company for book printing. The two most experienced print on demand companies are CreateSpace and LuLu. Educate  yourself about the book publishing process. Hire your own freelancers for book covers, interior design, promotional copy, editing, and proofreading. For further details read: Self-Publishing Companies: How to Shop Them. For further education, download our free self-publishing toolkit below.


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Self-Publishing Success–Is it About the Money?

Publishing SOLO Achieves Self-Publishing Success with Top Website Award

By Deborah S. Nelson

Publishing Solo Gets Award for top websites in Self Publishing and Achieves Self-publishing Success

Publishing Solo guides writers to self-publishing success with teaching articles, self-pubishing toolkit, books, courses, private coaching

Ah. Does self-publishing success equal money? Most of us think that success shows up in the form of money, and that is true to a certain extent. However, before the money flows, we must build momentum with committment, passion, and focus.

So putting the money issue aside for a minute, Consistent, Committed, Focused Passion towards a dream does pay off.  Just when you think no one is noticing your work…Bam! Someone notices.


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I joyfully announce that PublishingSOLO.com is selected for an award as a Top Self-Publishing Site for 2014~ Woo Hoo! My Thanks go out to all the authors who have published through Publishing SOLO, for without them there is no PublishingSOLO!

The short list is Emily Yurcheshen, Suzanne Landry, Julia Loggins, Cindy White, Maya Shaw Gale, Audrey Addison Williams Robert Munster, Karen Maryum Morse  Eve Morong-Briere, and dozens more. In fact, if you would like to see all the first time Publishing SOLO authors you can visit the Author Library page on our site.

Save Money by Learning Secrets of Self-Publishing Success

I cordially invite you to take a leisurely stroll around this now award-winning site to learn how you can also experience self-publishing success. Join Publishing SOLO and get a free self-publishing toolkit right off the bat. Read the comprehensive articles to get the real inside truth of what self-publishing really involves. Get informed before you jump into a project which could be more expensive than you anticipated with a higher learning curve that you expected. We offer enough free information on this site to save you hundreds of dollars in wrong turns, or in learning how to publish a book on your own. Additionally, if you want even more help, we offer DIY Books, Courses, and private coaching. Ms. Nelson even offers half hour free publishing consultations on Mondays with no obligation. She only wants writers to bring their passion to the world and to experience the self-publishing success that is so exhilarating.

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Is it digital publishing really worth it? The cost, the time,  the learning curve? Why should you self-publish a book? Are you ready to self-publish a book? Publishing SOLO tells all. 

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Are Authorhouse, CreateSpace, LuLu, and the other print on demand companies really free? Yes, and No. Get the real scoop on the costs to self-publish a book, and what it takes to achieve self-publishing success.


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