This is the way it should be done. Truth be told I haven’t used the service, but this is the future of self-publishing. Basically it’s an Author Solutions company (Author House, iUniverse, etc.) but without the royalty percentage and the huge mark-up on book prices.
I’ve long advocated Author Solutions for a certain kind of writer – someone who wants to be totally hands off and have someone else do the work. Though it’s not the best way to self-publish, it’s at least understandable. Pedernales provides the same services of an Author Solutions – cover design, interior design, distribution – for the same basic price ($650) yet with the author keeping all future royalties.
What We Do
- Submission review; but don’t be intimidated, we just want to make sure it’s ready to publish
- We’ll guide you in purchasing an ISBN and bar code, or assign one if we publish you ourselves
Custom cover design
- Interior layout. See Samples.
- File creation and submission to Print On Demand vendor, such as CreateSpace or Lightning Source
- Help you obtain proof copies for your approval or editing
- E-book formatting and file submission, including Kindle, Nook, and others
- Release for publication and formatting for Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature
- Financial modeling and consulting
- When completed, we give you the digital files containing your cover and book interior
- All for a single, fixed, low flat fee and we provide a money-back guarantee
Publishing direct to Lightning Source is especially important because it will keep book costs down, and some writers have complained that LS is hard to navigate. What’s interesting is that Pedernales have something of a submission process – they won’t take everything until it’s ready:
We all want to publish a great looking book. We will review your book and let you know if it is ready. If it requires editing to get it polished and ready to publish, we will tell you. If you need help editing, we’ll give you suggestions (if they are minor) or referrals (if you need major work). There are many editing service options available to authors these days.
It’s possible that they have a referral system in place for specific editors, but that’s unclear, and actually verges on accusation – as though they’ll automatically say a book needs an editor so they can charge for more services.
One knock, the covers they list are decent, but not great – they do look self-published, but about the same quality as an Author Solutions book.
In all, this cuts out a fair amount of work for writers to concentrate on writing without feeling like they may be getting ripped off years into the future. Like BookBaby, the flat rate is the way that outsourced self-publishing services should operate.