Publetariat Dispatch: Publishing Service Index, December 2011

Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Mick Rooney offers his publishing service index of providers, updated to December 2011.

The most asked question we get at The Independent Publishing Magazine is often along the lines of; ‘What self-publishing service should I go with?‘; ‘Is so and so a good service to go with?‘; or ‘Is so and so a scam?

In some cases, that is an easy  question to answer, cut and dry, but in other circumstances, the answer  is entirely arbitrary. We are not here to review and run down a  company’s name, nor are we here to endorse a company’s services. If we  were only to review author solutions services according to every point  in our ideal list of what an author should get from a company offering  publishing services; we would have very few reviews to share with you.  In truth, no company has ever attained a 10/10, and only a few have  recorded more than 08/10. In the autumn of 2010 we [posted] all  our reviews with a rating, and any new reviews since February 2010 have  automatically had a posted rating at the bottom of the review.

The reality is that some author  solutions services begin in a blaze of glory and we might rate  them favourably  at the time; others, frankly, are just poor, and yet,  they improve (sometimes in response to our reviews) to offer reasonable  services for authors. We are constantly updating our reviews, but this  takes considerable time, and so do the initial reviews.

We get a vast amount of  information from authors and the companies selling author solutions  services every day – good and bad. We get a great deal of information  from monitoring services week by week against the experiences of what  authors report back to us. Simply put, and truthfully, we cannot reflect  all of this information through the reviews. That is why the comments  section under each company we review is so important. It is your  recording and dealings with that specific company, and a positive or  negative flag to subsequent authors considering using the same company.

So, how do we reflect the changing ups and downs with services?

We believe the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX will  help to guide authors to services on the up, and those, gradually on  the down. If you like, what we are proposing is effectively, a kind of  stock exchange for author solutions services.

The SELF-PUBLISHING INDEX was first launched in June 2010. The PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for author solutions services is something  we [at The Independent Publishing Magazine] have been working on since  June 2010. Here is the final index for 2011.

 

This is a cross-posting from Mick Rooney’s The Independent Publishing Magazine.

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