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Old 03-13-2012, 04:39 AM   #1
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What do you look for in an online publisher?

There are many new online publishing websites springing up now. You can upload your book, sell it, buyers can review it etc. Apart from the obvious – lots of readers and buyers - what do you think is a must have feature on any e-publishing website?
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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I look at their fine print and make sure that they only want a non-exclusive license for ebook publication.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #3
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Hi

Thanks for your response.

Isn't that pretty standard these days?

What about things like help with formatting that sort of thing?

Sorry for my ignorance, but as my old friend Albert Einstein used to say “Learning all the time”
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Hi

Thanks for your response.

Isn't that pretty standard these days?

What about things like help with formatting that sort of thing?

Sorry for my ignorance, but as my old friend Albert Einstein used to say “Learning all the time”
Not really; one of Amazon's programs and Apple's special ebook software both require exclusivity for that work. I'm pretty sure Penguin Book Country does as well, on top of its being a vanity self- publisher trap.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:29 AM   #5
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I hate it when people ask for exclusivity, but don't guarantee sales. I've been using a new website which is really user friendly and easy to navigate around etc. But it's a trade off, they're new so don't have the coverage just yet.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #6
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I hate it when people ask for exclusivity, but don't guarantee sales. I've been using a new website which is really user friendly and easy to navigate around etc. But it's a trade off, they're new so don't have the coverage just yet.
Would appreciate if you could share their details if and when you feel happy to do so.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
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Hi Orlok

Yes I'd be pleased to give you their details, but I don't want to be accused of spamming, so I'll pm you if that's OK?
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Yes I'd be pleased to give you their details, but I don't want to be accused of spamming, so I'll pm you if that's OK?
Yes that's great, thanks.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:25 PM   #9
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Amazon are the "elephant in the room" of independent publishing. You can't afford not to publish on Amazon, and most authors seem to find that the overwhelming majority of their sales come from Amazon (95% or so in many cases, it seems).
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #10
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I think what you really need when you find a publisher is an editor of sorts. Anyone can publish a book online, make sure the simple things like grammer and spelling are correct.
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I look at cost and then I look at what ownership they publishing site takes of your work.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:25 PM   #12
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Oops, sorry Orlok, I'll pm you right now.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #13
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Shack, shouldn't you be doing that sort of thing yourself? I've seen many post here where people say even the best e-publishers can miss things or mess up your MS.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:32 PM   #14
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Shack, shouldn't you be doing that sort of thing yourself? I've seen many post here where people say even the best e-publishers can miss things or mess up your MS.
It's very difficult indeed to spot errors in your own work. There's a tendency for your brain to "see" what should be there, rather than what actually is there. Plus of course, not everyone is sufficiently familiar with formal grammar to be able to get it right themselves.

I'd always recommend (as you may have noticed ) the use of a professional editor, even if it's just to give your work a "once over" after you've gone through your own editing process.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:34 PM   #15
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Hi Harry

We've had this conversation before. lol. When I say yourself I mean getting an editor, friend, your mother, next door's dog to edit it for you.
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