Pros: Levine enlightens the reader
Cons: none noted
From offering guidance pertaining to how to formulate your own big opportunity on the pages of Chapter 1 in which Levine enlightens the reader toward understanding that whether a novice, unfamiliar author chooses to self publish, or is so privileged as to be offered a contract from one of the major publishers; the author is expected to be the one who will be doing most if not all marketing of the finished product.
Mark Levine has created a work dedicated to understanding the increasing number of Self Publishing book publishers. The Fine Print of Self Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies-Analyzed Ranked & Exposed is offered as support to those writers who may be reflecting on availing themselves of the Self Publishing book publishers rather than pining while waiting for a major publisher to become aware of their work.
Writer Levine points out in his Introduction ‘the publishing world is changing, thanks to advances in digital printing and the Internet, new authors are realizing they don’t really need traditional publishers.
Levine indicates that should the book actually do pretty well, should sell countless copies, become well accepted, and appear on a best seller list; then the large publishers will take most of the credit and most of the profit leaving the writer with perhaps 10% royalties at best. Levine says bluntly, ‘If you believe in your book, then publish it.
As a reviewer I regularly receive an inquiry from a writer who tentatively tells me that they are self pubbed and will understand should I choose not to read or review their work. I point out that Hemingway, Twain and Dickens all self published their work at some time in their careers.
Chapter 2 specifies why the optimistic unheralded novelist could do with a read of this tome: one foremost suggestion put forth by Levine is that; by reading The Fine Print of Self Publishing emerging authors will learn what is needed for authors to enable themselves to be able to maneuver away from the downside which may be forthcoming should Self Publishing be the method used for getting a manuscript into print. Avoiding pitfalls can be significant information for authors novice or otherwise.
I found Chapter 3 to be quite interesting. Levine sets down for the reader what he believes to be nine traits of a good Self Publishing Company. Some of the qualities he lists include: good repute among writers, reasonable publishing fees, inexpensive printing costs, ISBN as a part of the essential package. Levine goes on to give details as to what he means regarding each of the qualities he believes to be indispensable.
Chapters 4 and 5 are packed with a good bit of information regarding publishing contracts and how to comprehend the fine print of a variety of publisher contracts and service.
Chapters 6 – 9 catalog a number of publishers in categories ranging from what the writer considers to be outstanding Self Publishing Companies to a list of Publishers to Avoid. The various publishers presented in each category are specified by the writer as to what is good quality or terrible or even contemptible behavior on the subject of fees, what to anticipate from a publisher and the books produced by the companies themselves, plus much more important statistics which will serve to help the writer get a good quality book printed and hopefully launch a career as a writer.
In the conclusion; Levine rounds out the edition discussing marketing books and making sales; he makes no bones about the fact that for every book printed there are many which are little known, and little read because Levine says; “there is no guarantee that if a book is published it will sell. Writers must be ready to get out and market their work.
Levine points out that one big help to writers today is the Internet itself, and he explains how he himself uses the Internet to his advantage to sell his books.
I enjoyed reading The Fine Print of Self Publishing. The book is filled with many supportive proposals, hints and ideas for writers who may have chosen to Self Publish, but have no notion for how to go about locate a good and reputable publisher. Levine points out that publishing a book yourself can be very costly. The Fine Print of Self Publishing offers information on the subject of many of the best known names in the publishing business; naming those who are reputable in Levine’s opinion, as well as those who while not totally dishonest are going to do little more than publish the work and wait for the author to get it sold, or not.
Because I review a great many books I am often asked about Self Publishing. Writers ask whether or not I know anything about one or another of the various publishers. So, I sent off two manuscripts; one each to the two about which I am most often queried, and which happen to be in the Levine list of to avoid. Both companies were pleasant to work with, in due time I received my package copies of books. I am not a marketer, I found neither publisher did much to provide any marketing advice or help. On a rare occasion someone actually buys one or the other of the books, and I keep my day job.
If I should get the hankering to self publish another work I’ll check Writer Levine’s The Fine Print of Self Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies-Analyzed Ranked & Exposed to locate a publisher who may charge a bit more to get the work pubbed, but with whom I may see more success in having the books actually moved into the hands of readers.
Filled with a lot of statistics regarding how to go about finding a publisher and what to expect from that publisher; The Fine Print of Self Publishing is book lover friendly, detailed and loaded with important data which can help direct a hopeful author to the perfect, for him/her, Self Publishing house. Levine’s writing style is very comprehensible, he guides the reader into an understanding regarding which of the well known publishing houses in his opinion are not the best and lists exactly why in an instructive manner that is neither judgmental or severe. In addition to listing publisher he believes should be avoided Levine also lists which of the houses may be the best, and again lists exactly why. Enjoyed the read. Happy to recommend.
Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews
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TITLE The Fine Print of Self Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies Analyzed Ranked & Exposed
AUTHOR Mark Levine
Now it's in third edition,, The Fine Print of Self-Publishing has earned a reputation as the Consumer Reports of the self-publishing industry. CEOs of the major self-publishing companies, industry watchdog groups, lawyers and the thousands of authors this book has helped have called The Fine Print, a must read for anyone considering self-publishing. This book analyzes, ranks and exposes the contracts, services and pitfalls of 45 major self-publishing companies. The book also explains the legalese of self-publishing agreements in a clear, easy-to-follow manner.
Paperback: 315 pages
Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group; 3rd Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
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About the Author
Mark Levine is the president of Click Industries, Ltd. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he double-majored in political science and journalism. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced corporate, entertainment, and intellectual property law for nine years. In addition to The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, Mark has also published scholarly works and two novels