Understanding different publishing options

What is the best publishing/printing option for your new book?

 

What is an Author Services Business/Company?

Angel Key Publications is a FREELANCE author services company. Offering a wide range of publishing, printing and marketing services.

view services: https:///angelkey.com.au

view about us: https://angelkey.com.au/about-us

As a FREELANCE author services company, we have no fancy overheads to furnish or add to the cost of publishing and printing services.

Team members work from fully equipped home offices – representing big money-saving for authors.

Extra Service

We offer a mobile in-home service. Available to authors in areas listed on this website.

We initiated this valuable service for several reasons. 

  • To assist authors in the comfort of their own home who are unfortunately housebound.
  • To assist older Australians with limited computer knowledge while collecting their manuscript.
    Mobile Service Areas
Benefits – Using an Author Service Publishing Business/Company
  • Excellent value publishing services delivered by freelancers who have fewer overheads to cover. 
  • Authors are genuinely self-publishing their books with pride and confidence.
  • Copyright stays with the author.
  • Not only cost-effective but with the ultimate care factor. We take the time for you! 
  • Free advice.
  • Timeframes – Turn around time is much faster.
  • Personal service.
  • Angel Key Publications offers Print On Demand Services set up with the distribution.

How to distinguish a ‘Vanity Services Publishing Business/Company.’

  • If money is continually flowing from the authors to publishers, this is what I define as vanity publishing.
  • One way to distinguish a genuine publisher from a vanity press publisher is to consider how the vanity press publisher makes their money.
  • A vanity publisher makes some profit by selling books to readers. You gain a small portion of the royalty, and they a more significant share.
  • The most common vanity publishing business model is a process where there is selling of overpriced elaborate publishing packages to authors.
  • Are you always bombarded with follow up calls and emails for lengthy periods?
  • Marketing packages offered that are overpriced. Often the write up is riddled with catchy enticing phrases.
  • Do they advertise, promote and talk too much (Excessively) about their self or business.
  • Is it mandatory that they collect your phone number? Usually, within the forms, you submit online. ***

Packages vary in cost. Packages include the services you allocate. The author is encouraged to pay $$$ extra for marketing options.

Another publishing model in use is the purchase requirement—publish for free, requiring authors to purchase a minimum of 1,000+ copies of their published book. (At a cost with a higher markup. This markup covers the price of the books plus the cost of so-called FREE services). This exercise will include the publisher’s production costs. It also leaves the author with hundreds of books. How are they going to sell all those books?

It would be nice to think that publishers would behave better than this. In a way that they would be honest, truthful, looking out for the best interests of everyone. Christian like!. But there are many vanity press businesses out there targeting new authors.

How To Distinguish a ‘Trade Services Publishing Service Provider’

Some of these providers are specialists serving the author community, companies like printers or distributors. But some are not. Some are offering overpriced services. Some aren’t delivering on the services they offer. Some are offering useless marketing package services. I call these smoke and mirror sales.

  • If the authors continually outlay money to publishers.
  • Do they have inhouse print machines to service?
  • Do they advertise heavily? They will need to do this to pay overheads and in house staff.
  • Do they commit with many follow up calls by email and or phone?
  • A trade publisher makes money by selling books to readers. You gain a small portion of the royalty, while they earn a more significant share. You will often see these publishers offering authors books for sale on their Company website.
  • Their specials are offered continually through their newsletter or advertising ventures. (Makes one question what the markup is initially on their services)
  • Are you always bombarded with follow up calls and emails for lengthy periods?
  • Marketing packages offered are considerably overpriced – often riddled with catchy enticing phrases.
  • Does their website have a commercial look and feel to it?
  • Is it mandatory that they collect your phone number? Usually, within the forms, you submit online. ***

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