Further Notes on Self Publishing with BookBaby
Birch Bay, WA
Searching Self-publishing Services
In my continuing exploration of self publishing, I visited a blog authored by Joel Friedlander called www.thebookdesigner.com. Joel does a fantastic job of exploring various services available to new authors. He examines the BookBaby service and interviews the CEO of the company, Brian Felsen, about ebook and self-publishing services.
I’m posting a link to a video below. It contains worthwhile information for authors seeking to self=publish and some insight into the marketplace. It also talks about the Books on Demand service that is being developed.
Joel Friedlander, the man doing the interview, can also be found at a writer's website www.selfpublishingreview.com and its corresponding Facebook page. These are also excellent resources for those new to self-publishing.
There were a few comments on these websites from people who have used BookBaby and they were generally very positive. One respondent did leave a valuable suggestion:
Austin Briggs stated:
"Main piece of advice: be triple sure that you’re submitting the very final version of your book. Even though Amazon permits easy changes, BookBaby has a very strict policy on this and removes most of the flexibility from you.
I’ve burnt myself a little (my mistake), and now I may have to re-launch my book with a new ISBN, lose some excellent reviews, and drop my sales history for the sake of one change.
Their customer service is fast and friendly, and even sympathetic, but stays within the limits."
So, be sure you understand how any service works in regards to formatting, etc. They do offer guidelines and suggestions that are worth reading carefully.
We will continue this exploration with information on cover design services.
- Brian-Felsen-Interview-The-Book-Designer - YouTube
A talk with Brian Felsen, CEO of BookBaby.com about the state of e-books and e-book distribution and what's ahead for BookBaby in 2012