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“There are sharks out there in the literary waters… This Guide gives you all the skills and information you need to comparison shop — and if you are planning on self-publishing successfully, comparison shopping is essential.”~ Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware!

This guide, compiled by the Watchdog team at The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), tells you all you need to know in order to choose the self-publishing pathway that’s right for you. Drawing on recommendations from ALLi members, warnings from our Watchdog Services, other community word-of-mouth and in-depth research, the book compares the most significant self-publishing services — from single service suppliers to package providers; from large big brand names to smaller sole traders; from off-the shelf providers to bespoke services. We evaluate these players, compare one to the other, tell you what they do and don’t do, what they charge and for what.

Offerings are categorised, prices examined, royalty structures broken down, terms and conditions trawled, small print scrutinised, and claims checked against the experience of real-life authors who have actually used these services. Using these twenty examples, we show you how to do such a comparison yourself: the good and bad signs to look for, the questions to ask. The aim is to demonstrate all the options you are likely to encounter and show which services are doing a good job – and why you might avoid others. 

Most importantly, in a landscape where things change rapidly, the Guide provides the criteria by which you can evaluate any author service and choose the publication pathway that’s right for you.

This book:

Defines the questions you need to ask, whether you plan to go direct, use trade publishing as a service, or hire a full-package assisted service.

Offers a step-by-step primer to the basics of self-publishing ebooks, pbooks and audiobooks.

Tells you the good and bad signs to look for.

Rates the most significant services, from Amazon KDP to IngramSpark.

Offers ALLi’s Code of Standards against which all services are rated.

Demonstrates different pathways to self-publication, including author co-operatives, crowdsourcing and agent assisted self-publishing.

This organic guide to a volatile industry is updated annually by ALLi’s Watchdog team, so all the information is bang up-to-date. It provides everything you need to know to harness the creative power and potential of self-publishing.

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    A must read for new self-publishers

    Very good advice for navigating through the jungle of self-publishing. This book could easily save you thousands of dollars and months of time in getting your book published. Not to mention tons of frustration. My only complaint is that it tends to not explain publishing terms when first used. Readers who are new to publishing might find this confusing.


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