Your Guide to Publishing & Printing
There are several options for self publishing and printing your books if you’ve tried to get published the conventional way without any luck. One of the greatest things about self publishing is that you get to bypass wait that comes with submitting your manuscript only to find out that it isn’t what the publisher is looking for.
If you choose to self-publish and print your own book, most companies that are on the web will take you through the steps you must fulfill before your book is published and ready to sell.
They teach you how from registering your ISBN and bar code to preparing images and getting a press ready PDF document, to preparing your manuscript and selling your book on Amazon. They provide you with manuals and training modules so you become an expert at designing, marketing, publishing and distributing your book. They have free publishing guides and support contacts so that at any time when you feel overwhelmed, they are just a blog away from helping to solve your issue.
They advertise for 50 soft cover books a price of $249.00 inclusive. This would contain a color cover with perfect binding; 200 black and white 5 ½ x 8 ½ pages delivered in 30 days or less. This would be for a regular manuscript. They also advertise for Children’s books at a cost of $399.00 inclusive. They offer a soft cover in color with 25 full color pages in 8 ½ x 11 formats with wire-o binding. This would be a great format for manuals.
Perhaps you feel you have a great concept for a Do-It-Yourself manual on Home Repair that you can’t find anywhere in bookstores. Sit down and prepare the manual. Finding the time to do this can be tedious, but would be rewarding if you sold these books. If we were to take the cost of the children’s book price to publish and print your book at a cost of $399.00 and you sold the manual for $12/each, you could make $600.00. This would cover the initial cost of publishing and printing your manual and leave you with a profit of $200.00. If you increased the cost of your manual you would increase your profit.
The key ingredient here is that you can do this on your own. If you don’t have the time to wait for your submissions to be accepted by a publishing house, then think about self-publishing your work. And think of the excitement of seeing something you wrote in print or going to a bookstore and seeing your manual on the shelves! And even more satisfaction knowing that you did it all by yourself!
Of course there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. First, you must have an idea. Once you have an idea, start writing. There are many resources online and at libraries that can assist you in the areas that are most publishable. Do your research. You would be amazed at how many famous writers went for years without being discovered. Self-publishing is one way to get your ideas out there, without the wait.