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February 23, 2011

UPDATED: February 8, 2011



Compare POD Publishers!

NOTE: All publishers below currently offer distribution through Ingram (the largest book distributor), as well as inclusion of their titles in the major online (amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, etc.) and physical bookstore systems.

>> BookLocker: $517 (Deduct $200 if submitting your own cover) <<<
Rated "Outstanding" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

No hidden fees or upselling. Books are usually on the market within a month. No extra charge to include graphics, tables, footnotes, etc. 35% royalties based on list price for public sales; 15% royalties based on list price on wholesale/bookstore orders. Authors own all rights to their production files. Added Bonus: Returning authors are only charged $149 setup fees on their second and subsequent books.

>> iUniverse: $999.00 (includes 5 "free" copies) <<
Rated "Publisher to Avoid" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

Warning: Has a variety of "extra" charges like $2 per page if your manuscript is submitted with incorrect headers/footers, page breaks, line and paragraph formatting, more than 25 photos/graphics, more than 2 images on your cover, tables, etc. They own your files after creation and you have to pay $150-$750 to get them if you leave their service! No expedite service. Turnaround is 3-4 months. NOTE: AuthorHouse is owned by Author Solutions, a holding company that also owns Xlibris, iUniverse and Trafford. See those companies above and below.

>> CreateSpace: $1022.00 (Deduct $299 if submitting your own cover) <<
Rated "Just OK" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

Add $500 to price above if you want more than one color and image featured on your cover. Limit of 10 interior images; charges $15 per image and $25 per chart/table/graph thereafter. Does NOT publish hardcover books (all others here do). IMPORTANT: BookSurge was rolled into CreateSpace in November, 2009 but they kept employees, equipment, etc. Read more about BookSurge's problems HERE. We ordered some BookSurge books and one looked so bad they inserted an apology note inside, saying it was the best they could get from their supplier. They ARE their supplier! Another one arrived with the interior pages appearing upside-down. Read numerous complaints about CreateSpace, posted to their own forum, HERE.

>> Lulu: $1131.00 (Deduct $450 if submitting your own cover) <<
Rated "Pretty Good" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

Lulu now charges directly for many services they previously farmed out to other companies. Lulu appears to be having customer service problems and authors are upset about their high shipping costs. Read THIS to learn more.

>> Trafford: $1324.00 <<
Rated "Publisher to Avoid" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

Warning: Has a variety of "extra" charges like $2 per page if your manuscript is submitted with incorrect headers/footers, page breaks, line and paragraph formatting, etc. Charges $5 extra per image. Expedite service available for the $2199 "Elite" package. NOTE: AuthorHouse is owned by Author Solutions, a holding company that also owns Xlibris, iUniverse and Trafford. See those companies above and below.

>> AuthorHouse: $1517.00 <<
Rated "Publisher to Avoid" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

Charges extra for photos/graphics ($5 per image after first 10 - included in cost above). Expedite fee ($500) is for publication in 30 days instead of 6 months (included above). Claims ownership of files you pay them to create...meaning you can't use the edited/formatted files if you want to move your book later. NOTE: AuthorHouse is owned by Author Solutions, a holding company that also owns Xlibris, iUniverse and Trafford. See those companies above and below.

>> Xlibris: $1972.00 - (includes 5 "free" copies) <<
Rated "Publisher to Avoid" by Mark Levine, attorney and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.

Charges expedite fee of $349 (included above) for publication in 2 months instead of 4-6 months. Charges $10 per image (included above); $20 per table. Limit of 1 cover image. NOTE: AuthorHouse is owned by Author Solutions, a holding company that also owns Xlibris, iUniverse and Trafford. See those companies above.

***Prices above based on least expensive package offered by each publisher on similar offers targeting U.S. authors. Fees include interior formatting (based on a 200-page book), original cover design with up to 5 images, print proof, ebook creation, up to 25 interior photos/graphics, an ISBN, barcode, a listing on the publisher's website and distribution by Ingram, all within 6 weeks.

NOTE: Many companies offer perks that others don't, some try to upsell authors on extraneous services, and a few even claim ownership of files the author has paid them to create. Study each publisher and contract carefully before making your choice.

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Angela is Publisher of WritersWeekly.com and Co-owner of POD firm BookLocker.com.





 

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