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Publishing with iUniverse — Yea or Nay? (an iUniverse review)

Lessons learned from working with iUniverse.

Before we get into the nitty gritty details of this topic, let’s begin with establishing what exactly iUniverse is, and what makes it different from traditional publishing and self-publishing. In a nutshell, there are three types of publishing:

publishing chartSo there’s the breakdown. iUniverse is an assisted/vanity publisher, meaning you pay them money and they publish your book for you. Assisted/vanity publishers have a God-awful reputation amongst self-published authors, due to their tendency to squeeze authors for every penny they have. There have also been all sorts of lawsuits filed over missed/inaccurate royalty payments, publishing books without the author’s permission, etc. On the other hand, many authors have gone with assisted/vanity publishers and been perfectly satisfied.

So … iUniverse — Yea or Nay?

The Good

  • The friendliness. Every employee I have ever spoken to at iUniverse has been incredibly polite, friendly, and eager to assist me in any way they can…

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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  1. A friend of mine published through iUniverse a few years back and had much of the same things to say as you.

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    1. I’m torn by Michelle’s experience though. While I appreciate the desire (even need) to have control over publication, the idea of having to become an expert of all things related to publishing (cover art, editing, marketing) is still discouraging for me.

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      1. Self-publishing has given me knowledge and experience I might not have garnered otherwise. If I ever succeed in getting a traditional publishing opportunity I will be entering with information, confidence and a level of comfort I know I was missing.

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