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Subject: AuthorHouse...book publishing?
Date Posted: 8/31/2013 1:53 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
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Anyone ever use this self-publishing book company? Legit or scam? Good, bad, anything?


Subject: Book Publishing
Date Posted: 9/5/2013 9:27 AM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2008
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I have used them, but found that I spent way too much money to publishing my books.  www.createspace.com is a good site to do it for free.   You can print them yourself and they will go up on Amazon for sale right away.  The only thing you pay is any copies you want to order for yourself and the price for them is half the price of what you charge for a book.

Kelli Sue Landon

Subject: My final decision
Date Posted: 9/28/2013 1:28 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2008
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I am just finishing up the final copy of my manuscript.  After completing weeks of research, I have decided to go with SmashWords  - unlike createspace - they do not demand exclusive rights for the eBook version. It will cost you nothing if you do the formatting yourself, which I found time consuming, but easy.  SmashWords also offer three free guides to help with self-publication. When you complete all the steps for eBook publication they also add your book to Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The steps are to insure that the book is formatted correctly for most ereaders.

For the paperback version I am going with DiggyPod.  They sent a free sample of a book and the quality was very good.  To publish an initial run of 50 books, including bar codes it will run me about $300.


EDIT: I just used createspace's royalty calculator.  I would have to pay them fifty cents for every book that sold outside the USA.  Oops.

Last Edited on: 9/28/13 1:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/15/2013 11:23 AM ET
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This is my first book and I am in the process of using them. I find that spending $1,000 is well worth the expense of using Author House (Penguin Books). They have cheaper packages, but I happen to like this one. I like the personal attention, instruction and the ideas they give me.I like the fact that they are flexible. I am working with their illustrator. I am doing the photographs and they are making them into illustrations. It's a picture book for children and adults with Autism and other interested people of any age. It's not a story per se, but has a story line flowing through it. They will help me organize the table of contents and glossary. What I like most of all, they are not taking over the production of my book and are very involved with me. 

Date Posted: 12/16/2013 12:00 PM ET
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I will say don't go with XLibris.  I've a writer friend who has been given the run around, VERY poor quality books, they made the artwork darker, did not do the wrap around cover on the hard covers like she paid for AND there are loads of spelling errors. She paid for an editor to go over her books and fix any spelling/grammar mistakes, but we found one on the cover and 4 on the first page!.  So many issues, for a huge amount of money. Now if she wants to make any changes or fix any mistakes THEY did not catch, she has to pay them more money. $600 for editing services they did not do.