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How to Avoid Scams as a Self-Published Author

There are so many benefits to self-publishing a book that I don’t need to list them all for you here. But there are also some pitfalls you need to avoid.

First of all, when choosing a company to publish your book for you, you need to be sure you’re dealing with a reputable firm. Check with the Better Business Bureau, ask for and confirm references, and don’t be afraid to ask for more information about the company before you hand any money over.

Second, find out what you’re paying for. Does the price include services you don’t need, and if so, can you have that cost deducted from your total? Also, check to confirm you will get everything you need for the fee.

Will the company ship the books to you? Or if they sell them directly to the readers, will they include a shipping cost that changes the price of your book?

I think self-publishing is a great way to get your books out into the market, but you have to remember to use your head while you’re looking for a publisher, and not forget to be cautious when you’re the one paying for a job to be done.

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