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Top Self Publishing Firms: How Writers Get Published, Sell More Books, And Rise To The Top: And Make Money Working From Home With The Best Print On Demand Self-Publishing Companies Paperback – January 10, 2011


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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440407541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440407543
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone just delving into self-publishing would do well to carefully read this book. It will no doubt save them much confusion and grief as dozens of firms seek to handle your precious work. Highly recommended! --Jerry Parks, USA Today All American Teacher

I wish I knew then what I know now! Authors, buy this book. --MaryLou Cheatham, Vine Voice and author of "The Collard Patch"

If you are new to writing a book, and want to self publish...this is a valuable directory that can save you tons of money by picking the right book marketer. --Claude Whittaker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Top Self-Publishing Firms is the only book on the market that dares to rate each self-publishing company based on the sales performance of its books. This valuable resource profiles the twenty-six best firms, defined by sales results, and provides the information you need to choose a self-publisher, including:

¨Sales results, royalty payments, contract terms,

bookstore distribution, best-value publishing

packages, author purchase discounts, and

overall value ratings for the top companies.

¨Hundreds of top selling, self-published titles

and the firms behind them.

¨An easy to read reference chart that compares the

best firms head to head.

¨Tips for getting the best sales results on

Amazon.com.

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The charts were very informative and helpful.
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If you are planning on publishing a book, Stacie had created an extremely valuable resource to save you time and money getting your book into print.
John Chancellor
Anyone just delving into self-publishing would do well to carefully read this book.
Jerry Parks

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are planning on publishing a book, Stacie had created an extremely valuable resource to save you time and money getting your book into print. She has also provided a number of tips to help make publishing your book a financial success.

If you have never seriously thought of publishing your own book, you should heed Stacie's advice. "Publishing a book can make you an authority in your field. Writing a book can increase your credibility, advance your career or pave the way for a new one." In a world where it is getting more and more difficult to set yourself apart, writing and publishing a book is an easy and surefire way to do that.

Stacie has done the research and complied a list of the top 26 self-publishing firms based on their sales results. It would take you an enormous amount of time just to find these 26 companies. But she not only list the companies, she ranks them by sales results, recommended publishing packages, Amazon results, bookstore royalties, distribution, author purchases and overall value.

The range in recommended publishing packages shows why this book is such a valuable resource. The recommended packages range from $0 cost to $22,400. And while you might think that the one that cost the most gives the most value, you would be wrong. But the one with the least expensive publishing package is no bargain either.

All the companies are listed on a comparison chart which makes it easy to compare the various strong points and weaknesses of each company. That chart alone would be worth the price of the book.

In addition, Stacie gives some great inside information about how the book publishing business works. Not understanding how the royalty percentage really works could lead you to picking the wrong company.
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68 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Big vanity publishers, like iUniverse and Author House, claim to be "self publishing companies" when they are not. What you need to know about self publishing is this:

1. Self publishing is a long and honorable tradition. But it is NOT the same thing as vanity publishing, despite the propaganda of the big "POD" vanity presses.
2. Self publishing means starting up your own publishing company and purchasing your own block of ISBNs for the purpose of publishing your own books.
3. If you do a good job of self publishing, and put a huge amount of work into it, you have a reasonable chance of cf commercial success. If you choose vanity publishing, you have no chance of commercial success.

By the way, I do think some of the vanity publishers provide a good service for those who want to create a book for families and friends. If you write a family history, Aunt Minnie's poems and recipes, for example, a vanity publisher may provide an inexpensive way to make it look like a book. That's fine--I have books like that from my own family, and they are valuable to me. The problem is that so many vanity POD publishers pretend to offer a possibility of commercial success, preying on the hopes and dreams of would-be authors.

If you want to sell more than 65 copies of a book, and if you want to sell to people other than friends and family, and if you want to sell beyond your own Web site or the back of the room where you speak, then there are two ways to go. You can actually self publish--which means learning all about the publishing business, just like you have to learn about any other business you hope to succeed at. Or, submit your book proposal to real publishers and real literary agents. Those are both difficult options. But anybody who offers an easier route to fame and fortune as an author is a huckster, pure and simple.

--Steve Carlson, president,Independent Publishers of New England
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Simpson on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I wish I had a book like this before I published my first two books with Outskirts Press. I remember I had done at least a year of research on how to publish my books. My final two choices were Outskirts Press and Dog Ear Publishing. I chose OP because they allowed me to make installments on the package instead of paying it all at once.

This book consists of the following sections:

1. Success
2. Nonfiction Titles
3. Fiction Titles
4. Publishing Packages
5. Analyzing the Firms
6. Large and Medium Sized Firms
7. Small Firms
8. Other Firms
9. Best Selling Genres for Self-Published Books
10. Leveraging Amazon.com
11. Promotion
12. Bonus Chapter (Tax Deductions)

All the information in this book is incredible, though the chapter on Amazon marketing contains very basic information that most newbies don't know about. I'd recommend getting a copy of "Plug Your Book" if you plan to have your book published by a self-publishing company.

The author also writes about bypassing the self-publishing companies and working directly with the printer they use: Lightning Source. I decided to go this route because I wasn't completely satisfied with my royalties. But doing this is not easy. If you want to self-publish this way, I recommend you get a copy of "Perfect Pages" and "Aiming At Amazon," both written and published by Aaron Shepard.

My final word of advice is to read this book before you choose any self-publishing company. Another thing you may want to try is to contact authors who have used a self-publishing company you're researching. They'll give you an honest answer.

Brandon Simpson
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