How to Publish Your Own Book

Self-publishing is one of the smarter options for writers as it is cost-effective, fast, pays better than the standard contracts and lets an author have control over the publishing process. But there are a few drawbacks as well if you think of publishing your own book as one needs to be very learned and ready to face all the challenges coming your way. So how to publish your own book?

Here are a few instructions to be followed in order to self-publish your book:

  • Set your goal before hand. Some writers want to just print a few copies of their prized projects for close friends and colleagues whereas others want the book to be published on a large scale for a bigger audience.
  • Check for other competing titles in order to make sure that you are not covering the same topic. Check out sales of the related books to find if it is really worth writing on a similar topic. For more details, one can contact the book distributor Ingram at (615) 213-6803, and type in the ISBN of the book that you wish to check. You will hear a voice message that will contain information on the number of copies sold in the last year.
  • Decide on the format you would like to publish namely hardcover, softcover or e-book – an electronic file that does not require paper printing
  • Find for print-on-demand publishers, if you wish to get you books published without spending much. Print-on-demand is perfect to print just a few copies namely 25 to 500. The pages are printed using a high-end copier instead of the traditional ink-based offset printing equipment. The page layout program directly links to a high-speed copier. Once the pages are printed, it needs to be bound together. Some shops offer perfect bind, and it looks like a printed book.
  • In order to save on film costs and time, you can print your book directly from your completed files with the help of a directtopress printer. The files can be transferred directly to the printing plate instead of producing a different piece of the film for each color of each page.
  • If you are an established writer who is considering self publishing, check for all the options available and personally look into each of the steps that goes into publishing your book
  • Check samples of recently published books from potential suppliers. Check for the quality of the paper, cover design, layout and if it was run on a sheet-fed press or a web press. Get detailed information of how the individual pieces were produced.
  • Get yourself familiarized with the printing costs. This will differ but you can expect to spend more than $1 per book for printing a minimum of several thousand copies. You may also incur extra charges for layout help, editing, design of the book cover and for photos. Generally it is $3 to $6 for editing a page, $3 to $5 for production, $500 to $5,000 or more for design, plus an addition of $3 per book for printing a $300 page book.
  • You can also think of hiring a book designer to design the book. This could be expensive, but it would create a difference in creating quality products.
  • Request for an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), which is a standard code to identify your book. This can be done by visiting, isbn.org. The cost for 10 ISBNs is $150, with an addition of a minimum $75 processing fee.

Decide on strategies of distributing your book. You can either opt for in-house selling offered by print-on-demand companies or check with book stores if they wish to accept limited number of your books on consignments.


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