How to Choose an E-Publisher
FACTORS TO CONSIDER ABOUT AN E-PUBLISHER
- E-Publisher’s Website: Learn as much as information about the e-publisher as possible from their website: something about what they stand for, how they started, and how long they’ve been in business.
- Royalties: Most e-publishers state their royalty rates on the website. These can vary on whether the work is strictly sold as an ebook due to a smaller size, sold as part of an anthology, or also available as a POD book.
- Editing Information: Sometimes this information is listed. Many e-publishers do not have editors and you are expected to submit the best work you can do, which will be published as is. It is better to choose a publisher who will assign an editor to work with you to fine-tune the work.
- Make a Test Purchase: To find out what an e-publisher’s finished product will look like, it is best to buy a sample ebook. This way you can see their format (even though this is in their guidelines), see the style of covers they use, and see how well they are edited.
- Genres: Find out exactly what genres and sub-genres the e-publisher is interested in publishing.
- Guidelines: Carefully read the guidelines and follow them completely when submitting to the e-publisher.
- Distribution: Many e-publishers not only sell their products on their website but also through other online distributors such as All Romance Ebooks, Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, BookStrand, Borders, FictionWise, MobiPocket, and My Bookstore and More.
- E-Publisher’s Own Promotion: Many e-publishers will list if they have a newsletter, a blog, use blog talk radio, have a chat room, have a Yahoo group for readers and authors, have a Twitter listing for readers and authors., and have a Facebook listing.
- Sample Contract: Some e-publishers provide a copy of a sample contract on their website.
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