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Title: Balboa vs IngramSpark
Post by: marjorie on June 02, 2021, 01:28 PM
If you have experience with either/both, would love to know your thoughts to help me make a decision which on to go with. I like all the additional services Balboa offers, but is it worth the $$?    :thanks
Title: Re: Balboa vs IngramSpark
Post by: Laurel Gale on June 02, 2021, 02:17 PM
I don't have any personal experience with Balboa Press. Maybe someone who does will come along.

In the meantime, when researching a self-publishing company, try Googling the name of the company plus keywords like "scam," "complaint,"  and "warning" to see what problems people have had.  It's important to look at reviews from trusted third-party sites. Also, look for reviews from authors who have been with the service for a while -- NOT authors who just signed on or reviews that have been cherry-picked by the company.   
Title: Re: Balboa vs IngramSpark
Post by: marjorie on June 03, 2021, 10:59 AM
Hi Laurel, thank you.
Title: Re: Balboa vs IngramSpark
Post by: dkshumaker on June 03, 2021, 11:06 AM
You might find some information about the two in our Self Publishing Thread:

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=95.0
Title: Re: Balboa vs IngramSpark
Post by: christripp on June 04, 2021, 04:35 AM
Re Balboa, (part of the notorious "Author Solutions") I'd steer clear of this one. 
Writer Beware has a string of articles about them, https://accrispin.blogspot.com/search?q=balboa+press and though mostly older, a tiger never changes it's strips.
Also, following Laurel's wise advice, there are a great # of Author complaints. I'd stick to the more tried and true self publishing avenues. 


Title: Re: Balboa vs IngramSpark
Post by: marjorie on June 04, 2021, 11:41 AM
Thank you @christripp.

FYI - this is another useful source I found https://blog.reedsy.com/best-self-publishing-companies/