Publishing with iUniverse — Yea or Nay? (an iUniverse review)

I think any POD self-publishing place that is well-known can provide you a good book. The key is to get it professionally edited

Before we get into the nitty gritty details of this topic, let’s begin with establishing what exactly iUniverse is, and what makes it different from traditional publishing and self-publishing. In a nutshell, there are three types of publishing:

publishing chartSo there’s the breakdown. iUniverse is an assisted/vanity publisher, meaning you pay them money and they publish your book for you. Assisted/vanity publishers have a God-awful reputation amongst self-published authors, due to their tendency to squeeze authors for every penny they have. There have also been all sorts of lawsuits filed over missed/inaccurate royalty payments, publishing books without the author’s permission, etc. On the other hand, many authors have gone with assisted/vanity publishers and been perfectly satisfied.

So … iUniverse — Yea or Nay?

The Good

  • The friendliness. Every employee I have ever spoken to at iUniverse has been incredibly polite, friendly, and eager to assist me in any way they can…

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One thought on “Publishing with iUniverse — Yea or Nay? (an iUniverse review)

  1. I love the freedom of self-publishing. I decide everything, which is wonderful. I don’t have to accept a cover I dislike. The problem is, of course, it all falls upon me.

    Now I’ve worked both tradition and self-pub, and I’m not sure which I prefer. I’d like to do both in the future, depending on the project. I will, no doubt, hire people for self-publishing. That’s something I learned right away. I need an editor. I need someone to help (or completely design) the cover. I don’t mind those up-front costs because of the time it saves. Plus, it’ll provide the best end product.

    Vanity, though . . . I’ve seen some of those prices.


    Never going to make that kind of cash back (especially if writing about family or a niche/local topic).


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