Book Review: The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

41qrnwnwKFL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, Fifth Edition: A Primer on Contracts, Printing Costs, Royalties, Distribution, E-Books, and Marketing by Mark Levine

This book is for those who want to pay for someone else to “self”-publish their title, it’s not for those who want to do everything themselves. Honestly, I think this model of self-publishing is outdated. With the Kindle and Amazon, self-publishing has shifted to mostly ebooks. This book is print-heavy, with only a mention of ebook potential, and I think that’s completely unrealistic. I ended up skipping two chapters and a couple pages from another. It seems what he seems to be “self-publishing” is more like a vanity press where authors pay to have the work done for them. I’m not interested in that and I bet 90% of self-publishers would agree with me. To me, if writing will ever be a viable career option, I’m going to learn how to do most things DIY rather than hire out. This book is for those authors looking to make some extra money for their hobby, not the career-minded authors.

What I Found Most Helpful: This book is print-heavy and gives great alternatives and comparisons to POD and other printers, such as off-set printing. However, this book is mostly focused on self-publishing companies that you pay in order to do the work for you. Basically, you go through a publisher while maintaining as much or as little control as you want.

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