Now that you’re done writing your book, what’s the next step you should take? That is, find a legitimate publishing company. It’s important that you make sure your book is in the hands of a reputable publisher, and you wouldn’t want to fall victim to self-publishing scams, hard-sell pressures, and unrealistic promises. The following signs reveal that a publishing company is not a scam.
1. Good Reviews
Other than being an accredited business, a publishing company should be a genuine reputable company with favorable reviews. Good reviews should come from both current and past clients. Make sure to check if the publishing company is listed on Better Business Bureau (BBB) and third-party review platforms such as Trustpilot.
2. Exceptional service
The publishing company should focus on providing quality self-publishing services to authors, not taking a cut of their book royalties or holding rights to the book. A reputable publisher will commit to providing you with exceptional, competitive, and author-friendly service. Make sure to read the reviews and, above all, the terms of the agreement.
3. Credible and professional output
Visit the publishing company’s bookstore or their titles on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and check whether they have done exceptional work. Check the quality of the book covers, illustrations, layout, and printing. This will help you determine the quality of service the publishing company offers.
4. Personalized attention
A reputable publishing company will provide the author with a competent and dedicated representative who will guide him/her through the process and give their book the time and attention it deserves. No legitimate publisher will fit every author and book into a one-size-fits-all business template. They will commit to fulfilling every author’s creative vision and accommodate their unique requests and specific concerns.
5. Availability and prompt response
A responsive publishing company is one that replies promptly to authors’ questions and concerns. This is a sign that they are genuinely invested in your book and will see that it is published successfully. This comes with their assurance of personalized attention.