Novum publishers

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  1. Partridge

    Partridge Active Member

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    As somebody who has worked in publishing (admittedly consumer as well as business to business magazines) I will always be wary of companies like Novum.

    Legit publishers don't ask for money from you to publish your work. It doesn't work like that. I can never recall somebody paying a magazine to publish anything, unless it was an ad. The legitimate half way houses which take your money and help you self publish you work advertise themselves as such - they call themselves "author services" companies. They don't hide behind the mask of a legit publisher, nor do they promise you the moon on a stick.

    Personally, I think it would be a much better investment to ring fence the money you'd have to pay Novum and put that towards publishing on Amazon. Your money will go much further.
     
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    To be vigilant and to pay attention to what exactly you are doing, is also extremely important for me!

    It is not true that you don't have to pay anything for publication in magazines, unless it is advertising. I know from the scientific field that there are certainly specialist journals where you have to pay to be published. Whereby most publishers now do not pay for publishing but for making them available for reading. Publication practice is also changing in this area. Is that different in the English-speaking world?

    How something is called certainly also plays a role. Much more important than words is what is behind them. As far as I have now seen in German-speaking regions, the Novum contracts seem to be waterproof. One should therefore receive exactly what was written down in the contracts. Either you like it. Or not. I'm sure that's different for each individual. If it doesn't fit, you have to look for another possibility. Fortunately, the world has become more diverse and there are many more options for publishing your book than any time before!

    I have not yet dealt with advertising. I also do not know how well I would succeed as a beginner? I recently tried to learn a bit about Facebook marketing and that too seems incredibly complex. Maybe it's better if professionals take care of it it?

    Apart from that I have my problems with amazon. Amazon is incredibly useful, right. But I don't like the advancing monopoly position in many areas. That is why I would prefer to go for other options.
     
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    That's where author services companies can help :)
     
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    I'm calling time on this thread - the final word is that vanity publishing is not a good idea with a capital N... it is not something we need to discuss beyond that.

    In a publishing deal money flows to the author from the publishing house, not the other way around
     
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