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Chapter Fifty-Four

Dissecting the Self-Publishing Contract

Five Key Issues for Authors

Aimee Bissonette

Self-publishing can be a huge undertaking. There are so many issues to weigh. Different self-publishing service providers have different strengths, and it can be hard to know which to use. Is your book primarily text or images? Do you plan to publish your book as an e-book, in print, or both? Do you need assistance with the entire self-publishing process, or are you able to do some of the work yourself?

All of these are important considerations—but they aren’t the only ones. The contract terms offered by the providers you are considering are important as well. Provider contracts (often referred to as “Terms of Use” by online providers) vary ...

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