TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

You can turn to Author House, a powerhouse in the world of book publishing companies, for some benefits that you can seldom find elsewhere. Among these is the ability to have a say in setting the price of your book, which offers a level of freedom that some authors truly desire. The company also has an extraordinary book reach and a healthy set of extra, paid services to help you tailor your book just the way you want it.

Among book publishing companies we have reviewed, Author House has the largest number of titles in print, an extraordinary distribution reach and an impressive set of extra services, all of which earns it our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

Publishing Package
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Publishing your book through Author House’s Standard Paperback Publishing package typically takes between 12 and 18 weeks from start to finish. The royalties for this package are self-set, which means that Author House sets a minimum cost for your book and you get to set the list price, based upon the royalties that you want to earn. In addition, the minimum price for a book differs depending on whether it is sold through Author House's online bookstore or through a third-party retailer.

In addition, the Standard Package gives you many basic publishing services for a paperback book including manuscript layout and formatting, ISBN number assignment, barcode creation, original cover design, placement of images inside the book, and images for its cover art. One disappointing aspect of this otherwise helpful and versatile package is the fact that you get only one free author's copy of your book after investing so much time and cash into publishing it.

The company assists you by making copies of your book available for review and offers you discounts if choose to buy extra copies of your book to sell at book fairs, conventions, trade shows and other events. You also have access to articles that teach you effective steps to take to successfully promote and sell your book.

Bookselling Reach
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With more than 60,000 titles in print, it is abundantly clear that Author House can get books published and out there to the public. Once your book goes through the editing and publication process, it can be made available to Ingram Book Group and Baker & Taylor, Inc., which are two giant book wholesalers. Your book also can be sold through venues such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com, Buy.com, Powells.com, Alibris.com, Alibris.com and Abebooks.com.

In addition, your book will be available on Author House’s online bookstore. With its 14-year history and firmly established reputation for getting books in print, this puts you at a real advantage.

Additional Paid Services
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Author House presents an attractive set of extra services from which you can pick and choose according to what you think your book needs. Each comes with an extra fee, but for many authors, these additional services are well worth the extra cost.

Among the services you can get for an extra fee are copyediting and proofreading, expedited publishing, copyright registration, custom illustration, cover art design and OCR (optical character recognition) text scanning, which is a computerized form of document scanning to convert them into a different format.

When it comes to book promotion, depending on how skilled you are at marketing, you might want to seek assistance from a personal publicist, pay for professionally written press releases and have notices sent to media outlets to hopefully catch the eyes of book reviewers.

It also could be useful to get the company’s help with arranging personal appearances as you make yourself and your written work known to potential buyers. In the same vein, you might want to avail yourself of some traditional marketing tools such as Author House’s business cards, post cards and bookmarks. If you do any book selling on your own, these could come in handy.

However, nothing has quite the titanic power of the internet for selling just about anything. Given this fact, you are in luck with Author House. This company will format and publish an eBook for an extra charge, which is becoming a monumental trend that may easily overtake physical copies of books. Even dedicated bibliophiles who love the tactile sensation of holding a good book in their hands are being won over to reading books electronically. It is not unusual for true book lovers to enjoy both types of reading media.

Author House also can get your book positioned with Amazon.com and get it ready for reading on a Kindle. Since these eReaders are selling like hotcakes, this is an approach you might want to pursue because it could widen your audience dramatically. We were somewhat disappointed that this company does not offer Amazon's See Inside the Book feature that is so compelling for book lovers everywhere. However, you can get that capability for BarnesandNoble.com.

Another new and modern tool you can use to promote your book, for an extra cost, is to have Author House create a custom-made video trailer for your book. This will be provided to such outlets as YouTube, Metacafe, Daily Motion and Blip.tv. The About the Author section of your book in Author House’s online bookstore will also contain a link to this video. In addition, you will get web-streaming capabilities and an email campaign that will distribute a link to your book’s video to 200,000 possible buyers.

Unfortunately, Author House does not provide ghostwriting services, which some book publishers offer to help authors who have trouble writing or expressing themselves in written form and need help organizing their ideas and the flow of their manuscript.

Help & Support
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Author House does an excellent job providing support to its authors. You can obtain answers through a toll-free phone number, email support, a list of FAQs, and online forums and discussions.

Author House Summary:
9.1/10

This firm is well established among publishing companies and offers so many features and ways to assist authors that you would be wise to investigate what it has to offer. By working with Author House, your book could really take off and become a bestseller.

 
 
 

Author House Standard

Pros
This firm offers plenty of helpful features to assist you with writing and marketing your book.

Cons
You get only one free author's copy of your book.

The Verdict
: 9.07/10

This company sells thousands of books, provides solid basic features to authors and offers a long list of extra, paid services.