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  • looking for a publisher.
    by jimmorrison722 at 10:19 on 06 June 2015
    Hi everyone! I am looking for a publisher .Can anybody tell me how I can  self publish my book . I came across this website http://www.sazmickbooks.com/ .
    Kindly suggest me similar websites.
    Thank you.
  • Re: looking for a publisher.
    by EmmaD at 11:36 on 06 June 2015
    Hi Jim, and welcome to WW.

    That company isn't actually a publisher - as in, a company which will pay you for the right to publish your book, publish it at their own expense, and then recoup what they've spent through sales, and give you royalties. You can find those in the Writer's and Artist's Yearbook, and if you're writing fiction and hoping to approach most of the imprints of the "big five" mainstream publishers, then you'll need an agent.

    The one you mention is a self-publishing service company, where you pay them to help you put your book into book form and get it out there. That's a perfectly legitimate business, although their list of authors is very short, and I wouldn't myself trust a company that had so little experience. There are bigger and more established companies around, which are listed in the bible of all these things, the Writer's And Artist's Yearbook. It also has loads of good advice, as well as listings.

    As I'm sure you know, there are vanity publishers out there, although they never call themselves that - sometimes calling themselves "subsidy publishers" or "co-operative publishers". They pretend to be actual publishers (unlike these guys, who are being perfectly up-front and honest about being a self-publishing service company), are hugely flattering about your work, talk about how they're happy to take risks on wonderful new work, unlike mainstream publishers, how your "royalty" will be much higher, etc. etc., But actually they take on anyone, because they make their money out of authors, and have no incentive to push your book. A friend of mine photocopied a washing-machine manual and sent it to one of the huge US companies, and got just such a letter back! 
    It's not always easy to tell the difference between a self-pub service company and a vanity publisher, but this link has good advice:


    and there's lots more good advice in the links here, from one of the oldest-established of the good guys:


    Edited by EmmaD at 11:37:00 on 06 June 2015
  • Re: looking for a publisher.
    by Pen and Ink at 14:12 on 06 June 2015

    I've self-published a book. I didn't use a company to help me, but did most of it myself by using Kindle Direct Publishing for the e-book and CreateSpace for the paperback, along with a company called Ingram Spark which is a print-on-demand outfit and also distributes to online retailers. You may want to find out about a very useful organisation called the Alliance of Independent Authors. They provide invaluable information on the whole self-publishing process, and if you become a member there are a host of benefits. http://allianceindependentauthors.org/. Really, what you decide to do depends on how much work you are willing to take on yourself and your budget. If you are more interested in letting others take the strain, I've heard good things about SilverWood Books. But at the end of the day, you need to get your hands on some examples of their work to see what you think of the quality of the end product. And learn about marketing. :)
  • Re: looking for a publisher.
    by Freebird at 17:09 on 12 June 2015
    if you don't mind paying for a top quality product with marketing help and placement, you could try Troubador - their stuff is really good, though they don't take it unless they think it's good enough.