What Publishing Services Do You Use?

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  1. Indie Authors

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    What publishing services do you use? Are you happy with your results? Share your experience here!
     
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  2. Marinemom2

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    I am currently unpublished, but will self-publish with Westbow Press when my book is finished.
     
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  3. silumenye

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    I just published with Westbow. I have to say that they did do everything they said they would. And they did distribute my book around the world - I've seen it in bookstores in Sweden, China, Finland, Holland, Germany, throughout the USA, etc. And my book has only been out since October. Overall, I was pretty pleased with them.
     
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  4. Jesterhawk

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    How has Westbow worked out. I ask because they are quite hefty up front and I want to know if the sales have proven to be worth it.

    JH
     
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    silumenye, thank you for the input. That makes me feel a little better about my decision to choose Westbow. Jesterhawk, you are right, their prices are pretty hefty, but they run specials from time to time. Hopefully in a few months I'll be able to let you know how the sales are.
     
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  6. drdaveherndon

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    I switched from working with Westbow to using CreateSpace. Westbow was nice but we couldn't work out some details. Once Amazon started selling my book, Barnes & Noble did too as well as some other places.
     
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  7. silumenye

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    I can't say how many books I have sold yet through Westbow. I am waiting for my first quarterly statement. It should arrive sometime in February. Still, I felt that what I paid was value for money. As I said, they did quite a wide distribution. In my eyes, that alone is worth a lot.
     
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  8. dogbone61

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    I am using createspace.com which is part of amazon. I have two books with them. I also have them as e-books on kindle at amazon. Didn't cost much at all, which is why I chose that way to go.
     
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  9. fairieswriter

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    I do all my own design and setup with Adobe's InDesign. I use Ingram's Lightning Source to print the books. They made sure that it got onto Barnes & Noble and Amazon. If I change my percentage rate for publisher compensation, I'll be able to get into more stores. I'm not ready to do that yet though. I am self-published with my own press. I am not doing subsidy or vanity publishing.
     
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  10. jonathoncharlap

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    Create Space is the best choice. There are no upfront cost, so it's not a vanity or subsidy publisher. Although they do sell services such as editing, cover design, act.
     
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  11. silumenye

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    There is a difference between vanity publishing and paying for POD publishing. I read a really good article in the Writing Magazine that defined the difference. A vanity publisher is someone who claims to be a traditional publisher - but later, after signing the contract, they start demanding money. A legit POD company, for example Westbow, state upfront that you are paying for the service of having your book published.
     
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  12. MaryCFindley

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    We have only ebooks at this time, with Amazon and Smashwords, with distribution to B&N, iBookstore, and others. CreateSpace sounds like they have improved customer service since we last investigated them. I am wondering, since we are new to distribution to these other sites, does anyone know if there is a delay in recording sales offsite from Smashwords? Might there be sales that we do not yet know about?
     
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