How to Choose an E-Publisher

FACTORS TO CONSIDER ABOUT AN E-PUBLISHER

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Genres: Find out exactly what genres and sub-genres the e-publisher is interested in publishing.
  6. Guidelines: Carefully read the guidelines and follow them completely when submitting to the e-publisher.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Sample Contract: Some e-publishers provide a copy of a sample contract on their website.

 

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This website is the work of Starla Criser, an author who has published more than 50 stories, both traditionally and through self-publishing routes.