When we heard about entrepreneur Mark Levin’s book, The Fine Print of Self Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies Analyzed Ranked & Exposed, we were immediately intrigued. We don’t know a lot about self-publishing, to be honest, but we know the idea of it appeals to many of you, including our own Ray Rhamey. How does one go about having their work self-published? Are some companies more reputable than others? What, exactly, does a writer need to be aware of — and beWare of?
(Would you like a copy of Mark’s book for yourself? Read on to find out how you might be eligible.)
We’re thrilled that Mark Levine took some time out to talk to us about his book and about self-publishing in general. Enjoy!
Q: What inspired you to write The Fine Print of Self-Publishing?
ML: A fellow author published by the publisher of my first novel contacted me and asked if I could help him get out of a contract he signed with a self-publishing company. The contract was awful and gave this company the rights to the author’s book for the term of the copyright (the life of the author, plus 70 years). This author also happened to be a professor at UC-Berkley. I figured if a guy this educated was signing a contract just to get published, there were probably thousands of writers out there in the same boat. That one incident was my market research before I wrote the first edition of The Fine Print in 2004.
Q: What’s your background, what do you do now?
ML: I was a lawyer by training, but was very entrepreneurial and wanted to own a business. In 2000, I started an Internet company, Click Industries that did online business filings (corporations, copyright registrations, assumed business names, etc.). That company has grown an expanded to 35+ websites across many different fields, including book publishing. In addition to running Click, I’ve published three books (including The Fine Print).
Q: Do you think e-publishing and self publishing will increase or decrease in the future, and why? [Read more…]