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Self Publishing and POD Publishing:

Self publishing and print on demand publishing (POD) offer writers another avenue to print and distribute their writing. Today, self-publishing companies can help you edit your book, design a jacket cover, print it, and help distribute it on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.com. The recent rise of eBooks and Amazon's Kindle have provided authors with another way to self-publish and distrbute their material.

While once considere the last-resort, self-publishing is increasingly becoming the primary option for writers who want to avoid the traditional query, agent, and submission process and who want to retain control of the product and the profits from their writing.

Today's self-publishers generally come in three different flavors - traditional self-publishing, full-service self-publishing, and free self-publishing. Traditional self-publishers will print your book on an offset press in mass quantities. The benefit is that if you print enough copies, you can drive your per book cost down below $2-3. Most bookstores will also agree to stock books that are published in this way.

Full-service self-publishers print a book on demand as a copy is ordered. This results in less upfront cost but a higher per book price. Print-on-demand (POD) books can cost anywhere from $3-$30 per copy depending on length, images, etc. Bookstores generally don't carry the books because they are too expensive. It is called full-service because the self-publisher can provide editing, format the manuscript, design the jacket cover, and distribute the book for an upfront that usually ranges from $200-$5,500 depending on the level of services.

Free, or self-service self-publishing has no upfront cost to publish. The writer only pays to purchase a copy of the book. But the writer must have the resources or ability to edit their own manuscript, or get it edited, format the manuscript, designa jacket cover, upload it according to the self-publisher specs and get it listed on Amazon and other channels.

Electronic publishing is often the easiest way to get a book published and read. Sites make it relatively easy and quick to publish a manuscript. While online publishing sites are the easy route to publication, they also do not offer as great an opportunity to make money - yet.

Self Publishing Comparison Table

Self Publishing Criteria

iUniverse Select

AuthorHouse Foundation

Xlibris Basic

Trafford

Blurb

Up-front Cost

Proof cost which is the cost of one copy of the book you publish - $14.95.

$758

$599

$599

$599

$799

$0

Book Price

(200 pg book)

$14.95

$14.95

$14.95

$14.95

$19.95

$16.95

$14.95

Print Cost

$5.50

$5.50

$6.58

$6.58

$8.38

$7.59

$10.95

Distribution Cost

(Amazon, B&N, etc.)

$5.98

$5.98

$5.32

$5.32

$9.78

$6.10

$0

No distribution via Amazon and other sellers.

Author Royalty

$3.47

$3.47

$2.99

$2.99

$2.00

$3.39

$4.00

Cover Design

Extra

Custom

Custom

Custom

Choice of 8 templates.

Custom

No

Interior Design

Extra

Custom

Custom

Custom

Choice of 5 templates.

Custom

No

ISBN Assignment

Extra

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Free Author Copies

None

None

5

1

5

None

None

Notes

Amazon owned. Good option for authors who can "do it yourself." Easy distribution to Amazon.

Amazon owned.

Barnes & Nobles was early investor.

 

Provide money-back guarantee at any step before proof is ok'ed and production begins. Once had Random-House as an investor.

Pride themselves on their customer service.

Focus on self-publishing for authors who want copies for themselves, friends, or relatives. Also specialize in photo books.

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