Numbers never lie - do the math.

With Telemachus Press a successful author will make more money. A lot more.

To insure the greatest return you must first understand the business side of independent publishing and how authors get paid. Then, you need to select a publishing partner who has a simple and honest publishing services agreement.

Let’s look at an example that depicts your profits with Telemachus Press vs. other “Self-Publishers.” You need to understand the three places where self-publishers take profits away from authors.

The first is the wholesale discount percentage. Online retailers will sell your POD book for 20%. Period. End of story. We do it every day. If your self-publisher tells you that the share to Amazon or anyone else in an online sale needs to be higher, you are not getting the facts. Wonder where the difference goes?

The second is the cost to print the book. It’s simple. It will cost ninety cents plus 1.3 cents per page to have Lightning Source, Inc. print and handle each copy of your book. A 300-page book will cost $4.80. If your self-publisher tells you that the cost to print your book is any more, they are taking you for a ride.

The third is the absolute ridiculous act of giving your self-publisher any portion of your book’s profits. Why should you do this? You paid them to perform a service.

The remaining issues of who owns your publishing rights, covers and other property are also abominations. Read the contract before you sign and make sure that no ambiguous language is present. Read the Telemachus Press agreement. You own your publishing rights; you keep all of your royalties.

Do the math! A Sample Print-on-Demand Paperback Book

Telemachus Press epublishing - Do The Math Table

At Telemachus Press, we:

Are honest about the fee paid to the online retailer!
Don't mark up printing costs!
Don't take any of your book profits and royalties!

What Are They Saying?

I have used Telemachus to publish three different books, and I’ve been very happy all three times. Steve, Terri, and everyone else I’ve dealt with has been 100% responsive to my needs. The books all look great, and they’re selling well, too.

Of all the publishers I’ve worked with (and as a very successful ghostwriter I’ve worked with dozens of traditional publishers and several self-publishers), Telemachus Press has provided the best overall experience. They work so hard to make sure the author is happy. It’s a pleasure to work with them.

What do I like about Telemachus? I like that I’m in control of my book—I set the book’s price, I suggest and approve the design. Plus, Telemachus charges a very reasonable flat fee up front for design and set up, with no extra costs. So I don’t have a publisher cutting into my profits when the book sells.

If I have a question, it gets answered right away. If I’m not happy with a design element, it gets fixed right away. The price is very reasonable, the books look great, and they’re available for sale in all the right places. Why would I ever use another publisher?

Once upon a time I was Editor-in-Chief at a traditional publishing house. Then I turned to writing full-time, dealing with many different publishers over the years. My conclusion: From now on I’m sticking with Telemachus. It’s faster, it’s easier, the books look great, and I make more money.

I’ve worked with other self-publishers, and the deal they give is not good. They charge you for design, and then, when your book sells, they hang on to most of your profits. Telemachus doesn’t take a dime when you sell your book. This is how every publisher should work!
Scott Brassert