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Six Reasons to Self-Publish Your Book With a Print On Demand Company

March 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

Print on demand (POD) used to be considered vanity publishing. This idea still lingers, but POD has many advantages. In fact, many publishers, whether they are independent, small presses, or subsidiary publishers, use print on demand.

I'm an established author, yet have been unable to sell my latest book due to the sagging economy. When I searched for literary agents on the Internet, I kept seeing the phrase, "Not accepting new work." According to my current publisher, a small, specialized press, many small publishers have gone out of business. After trying to sell my book for months, I decided to go with CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.

Has your book been rejected by publishers? Are you getting discouraged? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to consider POD. There are many POD publishers and many reasons for making this decision.

1. You are published. In the computer age, everyone who has a personal computer may become an author. Maybe you have a special interest in antique tools, for example, and written a book on the topic. With POD you have the satisfaction of seeing your book in print.

2. Lower cost. According to an article by Terry Ford, "The Advantages of Print on Demand," POD takes less start-up money because "you aren't ordering hundreds of books at one time as is required with other forms of printing." You need to be careful about ordering extra services, however. My costs include $379 for interior layout and I may be charged $25 extra for a chart. I provided print-ready copy and a professionally designed cover. The cover design was $175, the chart design was $75 and proofreading by a friend cost $50.

3. Speed. Years ago, it took a year or more for a book to go through production. POD produces a final product in 6-8 weeks. Your production time depends on manuscript errors and having a print-ready cover. If you need to have a cover designed, production takes longer.

4. E-book option. Most POD publishers will format your book for the Kindle or Nook. The formatting fee depends on the word count. I just paid to have a short book of affirmations formatted for the Kindle and the cost was $69. I think the fee is worth the money.

5. Higher royalties. "Secret of Self-Publishing Success," an article by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, published in "The Wall Street Journal," details some of the advantages of POD. According to the article, digital books can generate high royalties, "as much as 70%, depending on the retail price." But as Trachtenberg points out, your royalties may not be high enough to make you quit your day job.

6. Internet exposure. You have many POD publishers to choose from, but if you choose Amazon, your book is automatically listed on the website. In fact, once you've completed the publishing steps your book and description appear on Amazon in about a week. This exposure can lead to sales.

I have one more reason for choosing POD and it's personal. Having another book published shows I'm still a productive author, even in a sagging economy. That's worth the money. Are you trying to sell a book? Give POD some thought; it may be the just solution you need.

Copyright 2012 by Harriet Hodgson

http://www.harriethodgson.com

Harriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist for 35+ years and is the author of 30 published books, including six grief resources: "Smiling Through Your Tears," Lois Krahn, MD, co-author, "Writing to Recover: The Journey from Loss and Grief to a New Life," "Writing to Recover Journal," "101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey," "The Spiritual Woman: Quotes to Refresh and Sustain Your Soul," and "Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss." Hodgson's latest book, "Help! I'm Raising My Grandchildren," is in production now. Please visit her website and learn more about this busy author.

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