My last post explained the inherit differences between traditional and self-publishing options. I want to give a real life example of the “Author Beware!” title for this post.
I was hired by an author to be a liaison for him and his publisher. I was in awe after just a couple of days of reviewing his contract, seeing the amount of money he had paid and realizing he had been dealing with this publisher for over a year to get book published. Once I stepped in and began to push back on the publisher’s staff he now has a release date for his book in this month (January 2013).
My point here, as an author do your homework, meaning just Google the company. Google “complaints (company name)” and see what happens. My author did this found they had 89 open complaints. Not good.
As an author you need to beware of these things. Don’t waste $30,000 to get a 185 page book printed when you can easily do it as a self-published author for about $6,000 AND still retain all the control, rights and royalties.
Ask for references. Research, do your homework. If you’re too busy, and who isn’t these days, hire someone who can look out for your best interests, an author’s assistant. You will still save money in the long run.
Just as “buyer beware”, “author beware”.