Monday, July 02, 2018
Curious pitches from these companies: Top Link, Page
I often noticed my smartphone going off at unwelcome times (when driving, when touching it is a no-no, or at the movies): I can feel it despite the silencer. The only exception is at a chess club, where there is an absolute no cell phones policy (so it stays in the car).
So I got a couple of messages from TopLink Publishing. The claim is that my self-published book retail prices are too high (I agree with that), and that they can take over (for an upfront fee, probably) and republish for lower retail prices. They also make a comment about supposed appraisal of your books and your work.
Here is the Better Business Bureau website list of reviews. As you can see, the results are mixed. I don’t have any further information, but I would investigate (a lot) further before doing anything. Note that it is not BBB accredited.
I’ve also listened to a number of cable TV ads from Page Publishing, with BBB review link here. I am surprised to hear a pitch on a television ad say, “If we accept your book…”. Most self-publishing companies seem to accept everything that is lawful, and not obvious hate speech. But some (as reported in an Oct. 16, 2013 posting) do select only submissions that can “sell” as printed books. (I don’t know if Page is POD.)
There is a narrow range where an author can self-publish and make money with this sort of publisher. Normally, when someone already established and well known in a field (may be a politician, or might be a teen science fair winner) trade publishers step in and the books do sell.
There is another company pitching self-publishing for Christian books only. Again, the limitation sounds odd.
Here’s a quick picture story about a book store in China, “The Infinity Bookstore” with the books arranged in a tunnel.