Wordclay used to say, “You can sign up and start publishing your book for free. There is no cost to register with our Web site and create your account. There is no cost to use our publishing wizard to turn your work into a published book . . . . We have additional goods and services that you can also purchase through our Services Store, but again, there is no obligation. The basic publishing experience of getting your manuscript into a finished book is entirely free.” As with its competitors, the “free” publishing didn’t actually include printing any books.
I tried and criticized Wordclay three years ago.
Also, if Booktango is paying you 100%, you may wonder how it makes money. How does it pay its employees? How does it pay its bills?
I can think of just one way: by pushing high-profit publishing services and packages priced from $49 to $2,999. That’s a long way from “free.”
Oh yeah, the free ebook can’t include any illustrations. If you want to beautify your bare text, you’ll have to pay at least $49 to show up to ten images. Even the top-priced $359 package includes just ten images. Additional images will cost you a buck each. That could easily add $100 for the typical books I publish. OUCH!
- · Booktango will provide U.S. copyright registration for $150. You can do it yourself for $35.
- · With the $359 package you get a “free” ebook. How generous!
The overall image of Booktango is unprofessionalism.