Be Wise Before Choosing a Publishing Company

This is a guest post by author Georgette Mayberry

Georgette Mayberry is the Author of It Could Happen To You "A Testimony Of Overcoming A Chronic Illness, Sound The Alarm, Faith, Encouragement For 40 Days, Healing In The Name Of Jesus "Do You Believe, Get Ready Get Ready For The End Times "Are You Ready Yet? I Declare and Decree, Push Persevere Stand, Trusting God for my Healing: Daily Devotions, Buddy "The Best Pet Ever". It was on August 5th, 2010 Author Georgette Mayberry was suddenly challenged as she was unexpectedly diagnosed with a chronic illness. This had challenged her faith as she had prayed for so many others. May 2012, she became a new author of her first book. An autobiography titled It Could Happen To “A Testimony of Overcoming a Chronic Illness.” You that shares her struggles and triumphs in her journey of the healing and resurrection power of God!
  1. Know what your rights are as an author so you won’t be taken advantage of. There are a lot of con artists, and schemes. You need to know what is legal and what is not.
  2. If there is a contract, read everything thoroughly including the fine lines. Go over it with a lawyer, in case there is a discrepancy in the future. Business is business, it doesn’t matter if you are working with a family member or best friend, or how well you know them. Get a contract between both parties. It’s always good for both parties to know the terms, conditions, and agreements.
  3. When choosing a person to do your graphic designs be very careful of schemes. Also, find out the legal rights of the graphic designer what they can and cannot do.
  4. Don’t settle for the first publisher but shop around for a good publisher. It is very important to search and evaluate each one. Different publishers have different services. It is important not to settle or become excited with the first publisher you come across
  5. When sending your manuscript out for editing make sure you have your original copy on a thumb drive and email it to yourself. You should always have a backup in case of malfunctions. It is important when sending your manuscript to anybody, make sure it’s a lock document unless someone is working on it. Also, make sure when it comes back to you the changes you wanted done are correct.
  6. Always copyright your work through No one can plagiarize your work if it is copyrighted. If there are any legal issues your work will be in the safe zone when it is copyrighted
  7. Know what services are included. Know what you are paying for before publishing and get it in writing. Make sure you know about the company, marketing, royalties, distribution, changes to your book, authors discount, DRM-digital rights management protection, upfront fees, returnable books, support, cover, authors price for your book (price per copy), and termination. Ask what their policy is if you want to change to another company. It is important that you are aware of what publishers offer, because services differ from one publisher to the next.
  8. Write your questions down before contacting a publisher, so you won’t forget to ask anything. It is good to get a clear understanding.
  9. Chose a publisher that cares and hear what you are saying. Always be open to changes and good advice.
  10. Don’t get overwhelmed when looking and get stress out. Be wise call a few publishing companies a day, every other day, or once a week.
  11. Just because someone is using a publishing company and tells you about them, it may work for them but it may not be the publisher for you.
  12. A publisher may tell you, you will make money, know it is a possibility and it may not happen. Don’t give up be determined.
  13. When making all payments use a secure credit card not from personal bank account keep all receipts and all transactions.
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