Back on May 21, I mentioned that Bowker was recommending the vanity press Author Solutions as a great place for self-publishers to find needed services. And now–Hooray!–the endorsement of Author Solutions has been removed.
However–Boo!–the first choice on the list is now Vook. This is a company that charges $6 per page for copyediting. This is a company that calls ebook retailing “complicated,” thus justifying the percentage of royalties they will take. Oh, and the payments from ebook retailers go to Vook first, and Vook will pay its customers (the writers). Is Vook more acceptable because it doesn’t have as many complaints against it as Author Solutions? I’m not sure. It looks as if I’d have to “sign up” to get more information.
Never trust a company that requires you to “sign up” to learn about what you will be paying for.
If Bowker understood self-publishing, their links would be instead to the various self-publishing platforms and information centers rather than companies that charge huge fees for work that can be performed by professionals at reasonable rates
(As an aside, Vook works in partnership with Publishers Weekly on a program that has self-published writers paying a fee for a line listing in PW publications that go to folks working in the publishing industry. Truly, if one wants to spend money marketing, it would likely be best to target readers.)
This stuff drives me crazy.