What characteristics should I look for in a print-on-demand or self publisher to publish my book?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Publisher James Frey discusses what characteristics to look for in a print-on-demand or self publisher to publish a book.

    Host: What characteristic should I look for in a print-on-demand or self publisher to publish a book?

    Jim Frey: There are several things I suggest -- I am not totally objective because I own a self/publishing company, but I have to look at how long they have been in business as the first category. There are many print-on-demand or self-publishing companies that don't have a whole lot of tenure, so you may want to be assured of the track record of the people that you are paying money to, to get your book in print. I also suggest, you would look at their staff and the experience level of that staff. With many functions in the United States today, those functions are being outsourced. It's not unusual in some publishing companies to have some of the editing design functions being done in countries outside the United States. Again, I am not totally objective, but if I am spending my money to publish my book, I think I'd rather deal with resources that I can. Number one; understand the voice, and number two; that are located somewhere in the United States where they are easily accessible. Third; I would look at that publishers websites and see what kind of books that they have published and what their covers look like on the internet. You could go into bookstores and maybe look at some self published print-on-demand books that maybe there during a local author's night and get an idea for your genre whether this company is a good fit for you.