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The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 48 Major Self-Publishing Companies--Analyzed, Ranked & Exposed [Paperback]

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The Fine Print of Self-Publishing has been lauded by many experts as the Consumer Reports of the self-publishing industry. This book has helped thousands of authors choose the right self-publishing company and avoid the ones with unfair contracts or low-quality services. The Fine Print of Self-Publishing analyzes and critiques the contracts and services of the top 48 self-publishing companies. Additionally, the book educates authors on how to decipher the legalese in self-publishing contracts. As a result, many authors have been able to intelligently negotiate their own book contracts without having to hire a lawyer.

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Pages   226
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2006
Publisher   Bridgeway Books
ISBN  1933538562  
ISBN13  9781933538563  

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Mark Levine currently resides in Ithaca, in the state of New York. Mark Levine was born in 1958.

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The Fine Print of Self Publishing. Book  Sep 10, 2008
I am satisfied with my investment in this book and the factual advice it gives. The writer did in-depth research and with all the facts I can now make a calculated well-thought decision on publishing my first of many books.
I almost went with a certain publisher only to find out that if I wanted to change publishers, I keep the rights but the original layout and covers remains theirs.
It's in the fine print that you can easily miss an important key!
This book does for me what a staff member would have had to spend weeks on doing. THANK YOU SINCERELY! Pieter van Dyk
Doesn't Add Up  Sep 9, 2008
True enough, as others have pointed out there is no solid way to verify the confusing authors opinions. This is one book to avoid on the subject of POD. The author's basic figures do not even add up correctly! The other advice is highly suspect - I double checked and this book is only proof that one can say anything in book form since the dawn of POD. Double check what you read in this book. It is clear in many places the author just doesn't know what he is talking about. Highly recommend "The Fact Checker's Bible by Sarah Harrison Smith" before considering this book.
new author  Sep 4, 2008
I published a book two years ago and wish I had the information provided in Mark's book. I am currently on a second book and consider myself a novice. It's difficult and time consuming to compare the many self-publishing companies. I highly recommend any author who is considering a publisher to use this book as a tool in your decision process. I thought the comparisons were very good and fair. It helps to narrow your search and allows you to go to the specific publisher's website and/or speak to a representative with a better background on their company and the self-publishing industry in general.
I found 'The Fine Print' interesting and informative. I appreciate the time and effort Mark put in his book.
Read this Book Before Flushing Your Money Down the Toilet  Aug 7, 2008
I firmly believe it's a mistake to pay to have your book published by a vanity press and that it's tantamount to flushing your money down a toilet. But if you are intent on doing it anyway, then you must read THE FINE PRINT OF SELF-PUBLISHING by Mark Levine first. He analyzes the major vanity presses and their contracts, their pluses and minuses, and gives you a thorough understanding of how that business works.

He starts by talking about how he chose the vanity press route for his first book:

"In 1994, when I finished the novel, I put it into the hands of a few big-time publishing houses. They all told me the same thing. 'We like the writing, but in order for us to sell it, you have to rewrite this and rewrite that, then send it back to us.' I wasn't about to start rewriting my book so that maybe some traditional publisher would take it."

To me, that attitude pretty much sums up the problem with most of the writers who go the self-publishing route. He goes on to say his book was awarded 'Book of the Year' by the publisher he paid to publish his book, making it a dubious honor at best, and the fact that he's proud of it, and touts it in his book, made me wonder about the guy and his credibilty (he claims that President Clinton read the book and that's certainly worth touting). On the other hand, he recognizes that a vanity press publication is, at best, a small step towards becoming a publisher yourself or landing a traditi0nal publishing contract.

But Levine quickly won me over with his knowledge and professionalism in his approach towards his topic. Levine is obviously pro-vanity press, but even with that bias, he does a remarkably thorough job analyzing the companies and their practices, even singling out the worst offenders by name (Authorhouse and PublishAmerica among them) and detailing exactly what they are doing wrong, line by line, in their contracts. During the research phase of his book, he even succeeded in getting some publishers to adjust their contracts to be more author-friendly.

The book is breezily written and very informative. THE FINE PRINT OF SELF-PUBLISHING is a long overdue, much-needed book and is worth buying whether you're contemplating self-publishing or not simply for the education Levine gives in how to read a publishing contract and understand the terms.
Planning on self-publishing? You better start here!  Jun 19, 2008
You wrote a book and now what??
I asked myself the very same question back in November of 2006 and if I wouldn't have came across Mark Levine's `The fine print of self-publishing', that's probably where I'd still be.
Levine managed to create a very helpful book with a great amount of resources about both, POD and off-set printers. Mark deciphers the contracts of 45 major self-publishing companies and explains them to us in `plain English'. Further, he creates four categories and rates these 45 companies within. Throughout the book it becomes pretty clear how every single company receives its rating.
Self-publishing can be an author's dream, especially for a first time author, or it can quickly turn into a nightmare, and to prevent this I strongly suggest to pick up a copy of `The fine print' if you are in the process of finding the right help to get your book out there.
I encourage to read the newest version of Mark's `The fine print of self-publishing', because since the release of the first edition, many POD companies have changed their pricing (make no mistake - not to your favor) and their contracts. It is also astounding to see, how some of the PODs have plummeted in rating. IUniverse, for instance, a company Mark rated very high in the first edition of `The fine print', now resides in the `Publishers to avoid' - section.
Granted, different authors have different expectation from their publisher and with some of the `qualities' expressed by Mark, I might not agree.
However; this guy knows his stuff and until the `big guys' from New York come and run my door in, I will self-publish my work and always seek Mark's advice.
Rebecca Lerwill, author of Relocating Mia

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