|Lawyer Mark Levine has written a 318
page eBook that spells out in detail what youneed to know
when you're dealing with an eBook or Print On Demand Publisher. I
don't know if it actually increase your royalties by 600% as his
ad says, but it's bound to increase them significantly.
There is all sorts of solid info here. For example, Levine
says, the more selective a publisher is about the manuscript it
accepts, the lower the publishing fees charged the author.I'll
bet he's right. As he points out, this is important because you
want a POD publisher who makes their money selling books rather
than getting fees from writers.
One of the murky areas in the POD arena is royalties. Not only
do you have to weigh the percentages you'll receive, you have to
weigh them against the publishing fees. But that's not all. Some
publisher pay net, others gross. Then there's the difference
between royalties paid on direct sales and those paid on third
party sales. Levine helps you sort it all out so you're comparing
apples to apples. In fact, he does a lot of comparing for you in
the book. (more below)
I like the way he breaks down the parts of a POD contract -
it's truly helpful. And I couldn't agree with him more that you
should avoid contracts that lock you in for long periods of time
or for multiple works. He details why, which is bound to make you
a better negotiator.
It's really tempting to recommend this book on the strength of
its comparison of POD publishers. There's an amazing amount of
work that goes into this portion of the book. There's a chart and
then there is some in depth information about each publisher.
My only hesitancy about this part of the book is that I'm
afraid it will get out of date rather quickly. Of course, it's an
ebook, which means it can be updated. He makes no promises so be
careful and double check everything, maybe even triple check it
before you sign any contract.
The Fine Print now!
Read The Fine Print - Increase Your Royalties By At Least 50% or Your Money Back!