“Helpful Site: The Best Self-Publishing Services and the Worst. Rated by the Alliance of Independent Authors” by Joan Y. Edwards
Wow! How do you find out whether a self-publisher is good, mediocre, or dangerous to use. Which one is a trusted organization?
Many of my subscribers have asked me these questions. I found this site that I believe will help you make a wise decision if you’ve decided to self-publish.
I don’t recommend using this as your only source of information to use to help you decide. But, it may give you a good idea of which publishers to definitely put off your list.
The Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center. This site rates self-publishers as to the best and the worst. I looked through this. It is very informative.
I asked Sarah with ALLi these two questions:
Question 1: In the list, have all the publishers critiqued in the list joined ALLi as partners – have they paid you a membership fee in order for them to be critiqued?
Answer 1. Everyone featured on our list has been vetted (critiqued) by our Watchdog Desk, whether Partner Member or not. No fee has been paid to be vetted, but those accepted as Partner Members do pay an annual subscription.
However, they will not be accepted as a Partner Member by ALLi unless they align with our Code of Standards – https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/partner-member-code-of-standards/
All ratings are the opinion of the watchdog desk. ALLi is willing to work with any self-publishing service that wants to align with current best practice.
Question 2. Would you explain the process on how you find out the information to grade them?
Answer 2. ALLi Watchdog ratings are based on careful appraisals of multiple criteria: pricing and value, quality of service, contract terms and rights, transparency, accountability, and customer satisfaction.
Check out the publisher you’re using, the one you’re considering, or one you already know isn’t the best for you. It may help lead you to the right publisher for you.
I hope you find the right traditional publisher for you, but if self-publishing is the right venue for you, this site will help you make an informed, wiser choice.
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Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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