Someone out there is trying to shame me into submission by insinuating that I published a book through iUniverse. So let me just clear that up right here and now.
I published my book through iUniverse. There. I said it.
Like many authors eager to get published, I went ahead and paid for it. And I got the services I contracted for. No more and no less. I’m not going to say that I was scammed. I knew going in how much it cost. And, all things told, it’s not really that bad.
An indie author can slap a book on Createspace for free and be done with it, and that’s fine. Chances are they’ll get what they paid for.
But if an author wants a book that’s professionally edited, that’s going to cost ’em anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. And if they want an ISBN number they can use anywhere, that’s going to cost a minimum of $125 for one.
If they want a professional cover, same thing. It’s gonna cost some money.
Sure, iUniverse is little more than a vanity press, but you get what you pay for. Either way, whether an author goes the strictly indie route or contracts with a service like iUniverse, they’re going to have to do their own marketing and promotion.
At the end of the day, it’s a decision an author has to make for him or herself.
Would I use them again? Probably not. I’ve learned a lot since then, and I’ve got other plans in the works.
Am I ashamed that I used them to begin with? Absolutely not. A writing career is a learning curve. That’s one step I took on my journey and it is what it is. No shame in that. I’m just glad that I wasn’t suckered into signing with some scam publishing company that would have lied to my face and ripped me off behind my back, leaving me crushed and disillusioned about the publishing world. THAT would have been a real ripoff. Because that doesn’t just rob you of your money, it robs you of your dignity, and no price can be placed on that.