If you’re going to self-publish through one of the firms marketing to the huge new self-publishing industry, you owe it to yourself to check out a few references that tell you what to expect, so you go into a deal with your eyes open. Consider especially investing in The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, Fourth Edition – Everything You Need to Know About the Costs, Contracts, and Process of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine (on Amazon you can “search inside this book” and see what you’re getting).
Dog Ear Publishing has an interesting negative-marketing approach to competition among self-publishers (subsidy publishers), which might be useful to the those considering various print-on-demand publishers. Dog Ear first lists the Self Publishing Pros Cons, suggests a strategy for comparing various POD publishers/printers
(The Insider’s Guide to Self-Publishing), and then compares what it offers to other houses, and that’s where you can get some practical insights…
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