While the book is informative and touches on many interesting subjects, Robin neglected to discuss publisher’s reliability. Maybe it's time Robin picked up her pen again, or fired up her computer, and write a book "So you published a book: Now what?"
My very first encounter with self-publishing was with Publish America and everyone who is in the know of self-publishing knows what a hoax that was.
Next I went to www.lulu.com. Nothing wrong with Lulu except it’s hell to get any money out of them. When I first requested royalties payment, they informed me that they pay twice a year, July and December 31st.
I waited and requested payment in December, and they promised to send me a check. December came and went, but no check.
I contacted them, they promised to look into the matter and … to cut a long story short, I’ve been waiting for three years. After numerous emails and live chats, I gave up.
I closed my account and went to CreateSpace. I’m not having much luck there either. My account shows no sales and as such no royalties.
Strange to say the least as I know for a fact that there have been sales for “Waiting for Silverbird” http://connymanero.weebly.com/preview-waiting-for-silverbird.html, “Voice of an Angel” http://connymanero.weebly.com/preview-voice-of-an-angel.html and “Kitten Diaries” http://connymanero.weebly.com/preview-kitten-diaries.html. I’ve received feedback from readers who bought the books from Amazon.
In comparison, I couldn’t be happier with Rocking Horse Publishing http://www.rockinghorsepublishing.com/debbie.html. They published “Debbie” and every month, like clockwork, I receive a detailed statement of sales.
In addition they take care of a fair share of promoting, are easy to contact and open to new ideas.
If you’re going to self-publish, research the publisher and read the fine print before signing on the dotted line. Keep a close eye on your account and don’t hesitate to get in touch with your contact person (if you have one).
It’s all too easy to fall prey to these organizations and get lost in the crowd.