In this world today, when the internet rules with any information able to be put up and formatted to look legit, it is crucial that writers become critical thinkers. Harsh ones too. The thinkers that don’t take information given to them at face value and just run with it because it sounds good. Well everything is not a cup of tea and writers, good writers too, get scammed out of thousands all the time.
Don’t get me wrong because I do believe there are legit sources for writers out there that would give them a good price for a book cover, editing and things like that but writers definitely need to be asking all the right questions before paying or signing anything.
If you’re looking on the internet for a self publishing company find out how much it cost, weigh the pros and cons and read the terms and agreements. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to talk to a representative either. I recommend not paying thousands for printed copies to show up at your door but invest in print-on-demand. With print-on-demand they only print the book once it’s sold. This is a lot better than paying thousand up front first.
Ask the questions that they don’t give the answers to. It’s more than what they say it’s also about what information do they leave out. Find the holes and if you have doubts address them with a person who works for the company before you buy or take part in it. It could save you time and money in the long run.
By the way, this goes for everything a writer comes across not just with finding a publishing source. For example, I thought a man was going to publish my book but he never did and I lost money. I want to defer you from this casualty by sharing the advice I should have used.
Remember every company is a business. So if you are looking for a good deal on book covers or an editor, find out how they make their money. This is especially important if they are offering their services for free.
Another red flag to look out for is if they ask for money up front. I mean really up front before they actually get information about your project. Think about how long that company has been in business. Are they so new that you are their guinea pig? I have nothing against new companies because every company was new at some point but you may really want to consider your options. Is a good price with a new starting out company better than a more expensive price with a more experience company?
My last advice is to find out if they have refunds or a money back guarantee. If no, then why not? Ask beyond the basic question, seek further knowledge and be sure without a shadow of a doubt that the choice you make was the best one you could find.
Minimize your cost and maximize your reward. Good luck and keep writing.