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|User Info||Questions about publishing a book; entered at 2012-06-05 16:50:49|
Registered: 2008-07-23 Arizona, USA
“I want to self-publish, soft cover.”
Good for you. It’s sure to change your life.
“I want to start by ordering an initial run of 100 copies or so, then have them made to order if possible.”
It sounds like you are talking about Print On Demand. No normal book printer is going to look at a run of only 100 copies.
Info on Print On Demand printing costs:
“I’m also going to send copies to all the libraries around Texas and Louisiana where she lived.”
If you want the book on the library shelves, then that book usually has to be purchased by the library. If they get a book donated from you, under normal circumstances it goes straight to their “book sale” box.
“I’m going to list it on Amazon,”
Good but that should come free with your POD purchase.
“but I am thinking of just listing it under the physical edition to start and possibly consider eBook versions later. “
If your book is at all worthwhile, it will become an e-book before you know it.
“Are there any publishers/book printers you recommend for self-publishing?”
You get a “publisher” if you are asking someone else to do all this work. Then they give you a tiny portion of the profits for taking a risk on your work.
You get a “book printer” if you are in charge of the process, acting as your own publisher.
There are about 100 book printers in the USA/Canada. They specialize in this kind of printing and have very large facilities. Most of them are just fine, but they usually don’t do anything more than send it to a POD company unless you want more than 1000 copies.
“Are local companies best for this now?”
No. You will probably spend way more money that way.
“Are there any gotchas I should know going in so as not to make a mistake at the beginning of the process and later discover it at the end?”
You seem to know just enough to be dangerous. I earnestly suggest you learn a lot more before making any decisions or spending any money.
Dan Poynter is one of the best for self-publishing information:
This one is also good - mostly the same information:
Either of the above books is a good choice.
When you consider marketing I would suggest this book:
I’ve been in the publishing world, and am not associated with any of the above sites or people.