Are you an aspiring writer looking to get your book published, or are you already a published author who traversed the maze of pitfalls of publishing?
Publishing your work, unfortunately, is not a simple open and close task. There is so much on the line and you will only get one chance to do things right. Mistakes in the early stages can be unforgiving.
A recent article in the Huffington Post titled “6 Ways a Publisher Can Kill Your Success.” The article lists some common things to watch out for when dealing with publishers, whether they are classic hard-copy publishers or eBook publishers.
6 Ways a Publisher Can Kill Your Success.
- It’s important to understand all internal or hidden costs when going to a publisher and to have a solid idea of how you want to price your work. Before signing a deal you must ask the publisher how they determine their costs. The wrong price can severely hamper your books sales.
- Thoroughly explore your marketing options for your work. Closely examine the marketing programs that your publisher is offering you, some are effective, but some can be counterproductive. Don’t fall for the hype and don’t be pressured into something you are unsure of.
- Be careful of publishers offering to create a website for your work. Often a website created by the publisher can give the publisher control over the site and leave you out in the cold. You may also be charged a hefty fee when the website requires updates.
- Do you have access to your Amazon listings? Unless you are using a traditional publishing house, you should have access to and control of your listings. This is vital for making changes and updating descriptions, which is often necessary as time goes by.
To see the complete list and read the entire article click HERE.
Choose the Right Publisher.
This article only covers the tip of the iceberg as far as the things that can go wrong when publishing your work. Choosing the right publisher requires extensive homework and research. While most publishers will look after your interests, there are those that will take advantage of inexperienced authors.
So what is the best way to insure that you dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s?
That’s simple, consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in publishing, copyright and trademark law. The cost of acquiring these services can save you huge amounts of money in the long run and insure that you ultimately keep as much control as possible over your intellectual property.
It’s your work – protect it!
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