I hate writing these kind of blogs but the Independent market demands it and my readers have to be warned. I take the responsibility of informing you about new products or services aimed at the Independent writer or author that just don’t work. I’ve recently discovered two such services.
The first has to do with international distribution. One of the so-called “experts” wants you to believe that you can sell thousands of books by using their distributors who just happen to be overseas. Don’t fall for it! The international market for books is very small, compared to the US market. Plus you have multiple issues to deal with one of the most important being copyright. Never, ever send your manuscript or book to an overseas distributor!
The second deals with specialty sales, often described as non-bookstore sales. You should never pay an upfront fee for this kind of service. Instead you demand to pay only on success. If the so-called sales force is successful and your book is actually ordered in quantities of tens of thousands, then I’m sure you would be willing to pay a reasonable fee. This entire premise is a way to generate revenue up front with no promise or guarantee. In fact, the author may never know who was actually contacted and presented their book. This is a bad deal for the Independent author and you should avoid at all costs.