Reality Check Publishing Scams

Red Door -- what do we think?

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Paul Whybrow

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Jun 20, 2015
Cornwall, UK
It's as well to remember the old adage "if a thing looks too good to be true it probably is" when considering fantastic offers in the world of publishing.

This article by Anne R. Allen is worth a read, especially if you intend to self-publish:

Publishing Scams #1 Mistake makes Self-Publishers Vulnerable

I'm currently trying to get all of my ducks in a row to begin self-publishing my crime novel series, and I was wondering how best to tackle Print On Demand, so I appreciated what she said:

"If you choose self-publishing, you have to give up the fantasy of seeing your book in the window of your favorite bookstore chain.

It might help to forget paper books altogether. I often see newbies obsessing about choosing a POD company and getting bookstore distribution. But they’re worrying needlessly.

That’s because 90% of the successful indie’s profits usually come from ebooks."

Even using respectable traders offering services that deliver, it's easy to haemorrhage money. I've griped about my struggles to set up an author blog on WordPress, but at least I've done so for free. Feeling frustrated last night, wondering what I was doing trying to master which plug-in was the best to create a 'splash page', I totted up how much I could have spent to get to the same point, had I gone with a paid web service provider and bought premium themes and widgets, coming up with £575.

Some people think that paying for something is a guarantee that it will work, which is why there are way more thriving vanity publishers than there are prosperous authors.

After going through the usual agent/publisher rejection blah, blah crap, I asked an author friend on Authonomy (another POD scam full of jerks) he was one of the good ones, about Amazon; he said I should try it, its free, he said....
So I uploaded my stuff and I sold six of my paperbacks in the first week and after a load of short-story give-aways my ebooks started selling, but due to Bezos losing(!) money on slush-pile returns and his cheap idea to pay us authors for 'pages read' my sales have diminished rapidly. So, I don't bother looking up 'reports' anymore, just adding books and proofreading for friends.
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Red Door -- what do we think?