How to Self-Publish your Book
Self publishing is an option a first-time writer can consider if he wants to avoid the daily trips to reputed publishers. It is usually more cost-effective and faster and also allows the writer to be in charge of the publishing process. But you have to have a well etched out plan before you opt for self-publishing.
A thorough review of your book is necessary before you actually take the first step. Go through the existing titles out there and make sure that you are not repeating something that has already been said. Look out for books that deal with similar topics and check their sales figures. This will help to give you an idea as to what the sales potential of your book is. This will also help you to determine the number of copies that can be printed.
The decision about the number of copies that has to be printed will also depend on the target audience that you have set for the book. If your book is for a larger audience, say for example, the students, it is pertinent to print larger number of copies. On the other hand, if your book addresses the concerns of your neighborhood, a few copies are enough.
Another option that you have to consider is whether you want your book to be a hardcover, soft cover or an e-book. A hardcover is normally more expensive to print than a soft cover. An e-book is the least expensive option and can be considered if you have budgetary constraints.
Print on demand publishers are a smart option if your need is just to get a book printed. These publishers will print just a few copies for a few hundred dollars and is ideal if you intend to print under 500 copies. In this mode of printing, a high-end copier is used for reproducing pages. With the help of a page layout program, a digital file is linked directly to a fast copier. It is then machine-bound. A point to consider here is that in this option, you have to handle the layout, printing and production activities yourself.
If you do not want to be burdened with all the printing and production jobs, consider going to an offset printer who will do all the work for a prescribed sum. This is a better option, if you are negligent about all the print and production activities. But be sure to shop around so that you are aware of paper and print quality vis-à-vis costs. The more you ask around the better the deal you can manage for yourself.
Decide on the font style, font size, color, page size and cover design. All these factors can influence the total cost. Be prudent and spend where you think is necessary. For example a book which is not of standard size will be more expensive, but has the advantage of standing out in a crowded bookstore.
Remember to get an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). This helps to identify your book. Visit isbn.org for more details on the process.
Finally, be creative and look for innovative methods of distribution. While traditional bookstores are the bread and butter for any author, new options like online book stores, newsletters, auction sites and even schools and libraries should be considered.
And last but not the least, market yourself. If you have money to spare, you can take the help of a publicist. But in the end it is your skill for self promotion and sales that will spell success.
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