When approaching a self-publishing firm to publish for you, make sure that:
- you speak to other authors who have published and find out whether the publisher is reputable;
- ask to see examples of what they have published before:
- get an itemised quote from the publisher first and check if this is a fair and inclusive price;
- the publisher proof-reads and edits according to accepted publishing standards;
- you retain full copyright in your work (get this in writing), so that you may re-publish, revise, modify or translate your in the future.
- it is agreed in writing that if there are any errors on the part of the self-publisher, or modifications made to your work without your consent, that the publisher will rectify the situation within an agreed period, without charge.
- agreement is reached and reduced to writing as far as royalty percentages, payments, etc. are concerned.
- the publisher deposits copies of the work in compliance with the Legal Deposit Act;
Should you need assistance, please contact the Publishers' Association of SA at http://www.publishsa.co.za/(or a similar body if you are not in South Africa).