Deciding to print and publish one’s own book is a big step in a writer’s life. Here are a few things to consider when you are just starting the process.
1.Once your book is finished, you’ll need to make some decision about want you want to get out of you hard work. For instance, do you just want something nice to hand out to family and friends as gifts, or do you believe that your book is meant for a wider audience? The former, of course, makes things rather easy, as you do not need to worry about capturing the attention of the general public or interested parties within your niche. If, however, you are indeed looking to make a bigger impact, you will need to do a little research. First, you should see how many books there are already on the market that cover your topic, and how well they have sold (in a perfect world, of course, you have read most of these books anyway to ensure that you are not covering the exact same ground). This initial research should give you a reasonable assessment of how many books you should look to publish at the outset.
2.Take a trip down to your local print shop – or have a good look around online – to check out all of the different binding styles. Most likely, you will want to do what is called “perfect binding” which creates a final product that is just like the books on your shelf right now. You can do hard or soft covers, and cost will vary depending on the paper stock yo choose and how many books you intend to print. If you plan to publish a lot of books in the future, you can purchase the binding machine yourself (the binding process is incredibly simple) and likely save money over time.
3.Before you decide on a cover style, you can, and should, take a trip down to the local bookstore and make note of the styles, formats, and sizes that you think would be appropriate for your book. You will likely find that it is less expensive to stick to more standard sizes, but you will have to decide what is right for your book.
4.When you are printing your pages, a great way to save time and money, as well as creating a great-looking finished product, is to use a direct-to-press printer. Long story short, instead of using any sort of film, this method transfers your computer files directly onto the printing plate. In the interest of brevity, we’re going to spare you the detailed explanations of why this is such a great method, and just say that we recommend you look into it.
5.Search for and hire a professional and experienced designer for the cover and layout of your book. The two of you can decide on an appropriate font, create a theme and flow to the book, and, last but not least, help create a wonderfully eye-catching cover. Yes, it will cost you some extra money to get a real pro, but it will be very well worth it when it comes to the finished product.
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