Oh yeah, did I mention the bigger POD companies are pushy?! I’ve gotten numerous emails from AuthorHouse telling me how wonderful their services are. Booksurge is even worse. The day after I signed up for information, I got an email saying if I didn’t respond to set up an appointment to talk to them, they would call me the following Monday. Um, no. I don’t think so. Salespeople are not my favorite callers, and these companies are not really doing me much of a favor. Sure, my book would be “published,” but at the rates they charge, I’ll be lucky to ever break even. More than likely, I would be several hundred dollars in the hole, and the pushy emailer at the other end would have a nice commission sitting in his/her pocket. Sigh. But I was a good girl and merely told the person not to contact me as I was still researching my options.
A friendly commenter suggested I check out Lulu.com, which is a free self publishing service (only charges on books actually sold). I think I shall toddle on over to their website and see what they have to offer.