Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this post for an update from the author.
An email showed up today from an “Insight Publishing” with a great e-book conversion deal for me. They will take my Word document or PDF and turn it into an e-book for the reduced price of $400! That’s down from their usual price of $500.
So glad they lowered that price because they’ve made it go from ridiculous to merely ludicrous. (Or should it be the other way round?)
Anyway, that’s a horrible price for e-book conversion. BB ebooks, which I use, is so much less that it isn’t even funny. And there are other reputable companies which charge a fraction of that price, with excellent service and results. [And you can even do it yourself with products such as Scrivener or Calibre and save even more money. —CM]
I found it curious that there was no web address in the email, so I did a bit of research on the company. Turns out they do have a website, but my search also turned up several articles on them, which make them sound like a scam. Apparently they target motivational speakers to get them to write a chapter for a book where they can be on the cover next to other famous people. Here’s an example:
Gotta love the cheesiness of “Your Name Here.” And what will this masterpiece cost you? Anywhere from $1700 to $3800, depending on how many copies you purchase. Sadly, I know a friend who got taken by a scam like this. She’s basically giving away the books to get them out of her basement.
It’s sad how we know that self-publishing has finally achieved respectability when we see the scammers come out in force. Always, always, do your research before hiring someone to perform a self-publishing service. While I do recommend outsourcing what you can, be sure you’re getting something of quality.
UPDATE: As those of you who are writers probably know, sometimes it’s perfectly clear to you—as the author—what you meant when you wrote a particular piece, even if your readers end up interpreting your words in an entirely different way. So I’d like to amend the above post to make something clear.
The $400 price point I mentioned was for a straight-up text conversion, as in a genre fiction novel. It did not include images, tables, or anything else. Several professionals asked that question of me on Twitter, and they were quite right to ask me to update my post to indicate that fact.
I’m a genre fiction writer, so I wrote the above piece from my perspective, not thinking that self-publishing encompasses a wider field than my own.
Thanks guys! —JM