Self Publishing Service Reviews
CreateSpace – Let a team of professionals work their magic with your manuscript. CreateSpace will use your input to custom-design your book’s interior and cover while maintaining your unique vision for your book. From free to full-service, CreateSpace offers book publishing options to meet your needs and budget. Read full CreateSpace review.
Blurb – Get all the tools you need to make your own photo book, whether you’re making a personalized wedding album, cookbook, baby book, travel photo book, or fundraising book. Get bookstore-quality printing and binding, and a range of choices from hardcover photobooks to softcover paperbacks. 20 page softcover $19.99, Hardcover $28.95, volume discounts available. Save 15% On Your Entire Blurb.com Order (Code 15OFFBLURB). Read full Blurb review.
Lulu – Lulu is ready to help you publish your book with essential pre-publishing services, including: Editing, Cover Design, Interior Formatting, Publicity, and more! Just upload your document, set your book’s selling price, and just like that, you’re a published author. Books and eBooks from Lulu.com 20% off- Enter code APRBOOKS12 – Save up to $25. Expires April 30, 2012. Read full Lulu review.
eBookit – They work with authors and publishers to format and convert books into eBooks, and distribute to all the major ebook retailers including Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Google. Pay just $149 per title as a one-time formatting, conversion and distribution setup fee. No recurring monthly or yearly payments! Read full eBookit review.
CafePress.com is a website that tries to encourage self expression. It is renowned for offering unique products on its site with over 135,000 designs added each week. There are a total of 300 million items on sale from 2 million shops with 11 million site visitors each month. Clearly, CafePress is a successful online store but is it also the best place to publish your own book? Read full CafePress review.
How to Choose a Self Publishing Service
When deciding how to choose a self-publishing service there are a lot of different things to take into consideration. Self-publishing has proven to be a great way to get your book or books on the market with a minimal upfront investment. When trying to decide between self-publishing services, a majority of the factors to consider fall into three categories. Here’s a quick look at all three categories and some of the details to keep an eye on.
1. Creative Control
Creative control covers a variety of different things. A high quality self publishing service will give the writer control over all aspects of the publishing process. One of the areas to pay attention to is how much control you get over the template of the book. Some self-publishing services will use a standardized template, including cover art, that will make your book look like everyone else’s. You need to be able to see the design proofs and be able to make changes where needed. In most cases, you’ll be charged a very small fee to have your book proof shipped to you so that you can do an in-depth study and identify any changes that they made.
A big factor that will help you choose a self publishing service is how much control you have over pricing. This variable covers a range of details including the retail price, author profit, and any discounts that are made available to the public or wholesale companies. The reason that it is important to have control over the retail price is that there have been cases where the publishing company prices the book so high that no sales were made, even though the book itself was of high quality and had consumer appeal. Another area to look at is your author profit, which is most commonly referred to as your royalty fees or the net sales payment. One area that this is particularly important to pay attention to is how your royalty fees affect other pricing models. For example, some self-publishing services will increase your royalties by decreasing your wholesale discount price. This means that your book will be too expensive for booksellers to purchase it in the first place because the profit margin for them will be to slam.
3. Your Rights As an Author
Some people will group this category in with creative control, however your rights as an author extend beyond the actual publishing of your book. It is important that you maintain full ownership of the book, including the digital property rights and the ISBN number. With some self-publishing services, they will only ISBN number and will lay claim on digital publishing rights. This is particularly important to pay attention to because the sale of digital books is skyrocketing every year, which means that you could potentially generate more income through digital sales then through physical book sales.
When deciding how to choose a self publishing service, these three categories deserve an extremely detailed level of attention. Every self-publishing service is a little bit different, especially when it comes to fees, costs, and how much control they take over your book during the publishing process and once it is published.
Benefits of Self Publishing
That’s how it can be with self publishing. Although many publishing companies will tell you that once you are self-published you will never be published by a major company, you can be assured that today, it is no longer true. In fact, Deepak Chopra and Virginia Woolf are two top authors that have self-published.
These are the days that a writer can make or break their future in publishing. It is having the ability to control your future writing profession and see the fruits of your labor.
There are generally two types of writers looking to self-publish and that would be a published author looking to become independent and market his or her own manuscripts or the first-time author just dying to see his or her name on a book and a book in print.
Today, traditional publishers are looking for a sure thing when it comes to manuscripts and authors. So getting published nowadays is pretty rare. The million query letters, the stamps to mail chapters for the initial review and the frustrated and dejected author when they receive the ‘thanks, but no thanks’ letter…one right after the other.
However, without the knowledge of how self publishing works, how to manage a budget, and especially how to promote your product, it can be a frustrating experience.
Today, even a traditionally published author will find a whole new world in the self-publishing industries with possibilities they would never even imagine they could have full control over. These are some of the benefits:
• Print on demand: You can print your book on short runs or on an as needed basis.
• Royalties are much larger
• Costs are sometimes free but relatively inexpensive
• No storage required for your printed books. Print on demand
• You can sell your book online with Barnes & Noble and Amazon just like a traditional publisher does
• You have a book in hand to sell…giving you great credibility!
• Time: Self-publishing is much faster.
• You will never receive a rejection letter!
• Not everything is peaches and cream though, so to some authors there may be a few drawbacks such as editing and proofing and getting their own ISBN number. But a little work makes for a proud moment when your book is in your hands.
Self publishing your work, needless to say, is extremely rewarding and perhaps the most important point here is that when your book or article is not selling the way you thought or has not actually reached your expectations, you can still do it again. You can make your book a success better than anyone else can. You are the one with the investment in it and there’s nothing more committing than an emotional investment.