How to Print and Publish your own BookTo print and publish your own book
To print and distribute your self-published book
Notorious publisher typcoon William Randolph Hearstis is said to have said that the force of the media is for those who own one. In the 1920s, as an US multi-millionaire, he ran 28 papers, a number of journals, among them Cosmopolitan, and many newpapers. It used its pressure authority to affect domestic election, army intervention and even what was to be played in the theaters.
It took tens of thousands of dollars in Hearst's age of monolithism to put his views into the palm of tens of millions who read it. Until recently it was unaffordable for most individuals to have at their disposal high-quality pressure for their own projects. It would take the typical letterpress printed on an ofset printer a few long hrs to make it on a prepress that requires expertise to work in a wasteful production area.
As soon as the thing hums, it can produce a thousand titles in a few moments, but that means you had to order a thousand titles (or 10,000) to make your business costeffective. For example, if you only wanted 10 pieces for a regional library or 50 for a workshop, you were unlucky.
Postscript and the resulting desktops have broken down this obstacle to print since its inception in 1982. In the space of a decennium, almost anyone could post anything they wanted with a computer screen and a toner cartridge (or a few pennies per page).
Today, a photocopying machine like the Espresso Buch Mechaninecan can reprint and tie (complete with a colour cover) any text you select from its on-line collection in just a few mnutes. There was always a technological side to the process of making prints, but what was happening in the 1980s was tragic for two of them. More important, however, all these innovative products have been combined to form a single document, Printer on demand.
Print exactly what you want, in any desired amount, to immediately resell it to the person who wants to buy it, is now your unparalleled self-publishing opportunit. A number of businesses are offering on-demand print to people who want to publish their work. You' ve superseded the use of off-set print with the use of digitial print.
It' similar to most desk-top ink jet printer, but Apple or Ingram stock up. This giant photocopier-like colour printer takes a computer-usually a PDF created by the application in which you have written your book-and uses it to either make a one-time copy or 1000 copies as easy to use as you like.
As a result, these large letterpress operators can print 100 different tracks on a single daily basis, as opposed to perhaps three on a conventional press. As soon as the product is ready, the print shop or publisher can ship five directly to Amazon or 20 to your grandmother's knitwear group.... again as you wish.
As an illustration of The Identity Project, my latest publication, The Identity Project, takes us through the process of creating and distributing printed matter on-demand for self publishing. At first I selected a firm I wanted to work with. Many different groups provide different types of service and it is best to reconcile the needs of your target group and sales force with the size of a supplier.
Amazons has a really useful self-publishing site named Independent Publish. Most of these businesses, however, have restricted coverage in sales and sales, so I started as a micro-publisher with Lightning Energy to have my books included in the world's biggest catalog, giving me direct links to most bookshops and retailers around the planet.
Next I created the script. Your print job must be in accordance with the specification of the type of paper you are using. The formats available here cater for most of the default formats you need. While you can and probably should have outsourced the definitive artwork to a graphics artist, at least for your artwork, I like the artwork of composition and artwork, so I made my own.
Most likely, if the theme is simple, you can use your text editor, but I also suggest using a suitable page designer such as Adobe InDesign. Then I sent the manual to the printers (Amazon for the Kindle edition, Lighting South for printing). Every one of these services specifies the type of files you need to create from your text editor or page designer.
As soon as the printers had my files, they verified their files for completeness (that the font works well, that the cut sizes are right, etc.) and then made a copy that they sent back to me for approval. Self-editing should never be a hacking task available within a few working hours at Amazon, as at almost all other bookstores and on-line shops in the world.
With my books on the list, anyone can look for them on-line or ask at a bookshop, place their order and Lighting Sourcecan order and send them in any number. LIGHNING SQURCE calculates the vendor (Amazon or the bookshop, etc.) and then paid me directly, minus the cost of the printer and the retailer's share.
Normally the retail vendor gets 35 to 45% of the purchase value, Lighting Sources about 30% for the print and I get the remainder - about 30 to 35% of the released purchase one. On- and offline print, combined with simple accessibility for purchasers via Amazon or the Ingram catalog, is a self-publishing special.
Now you have unparalleled possibilities to reprint your work - even if you don't do it. Writers who go directly to an ebook and skip the pressure of their work all together. For me I think that hard-copy will always be better than Kindle or iPad editions, but there are some who are really good at it.
A number of writers begin digitally and then go to work later. The RadDad blogs have become a very favourite one. The same with Julie Powell's diary (author of Julie and Julia, who became a novel and then a movie). Blogs, Kindle e-books and other types of electronic communications are developing into an independent publication medium.
Many of the above mentioned organizations provide a range of online service (each with its own e-book formatsting requirements) to make your projects available on Kindle devices, iPod's and many other workstations. Just as with on-demand print, the ubiquity of online viewing or fast downloading still simplifies the task of bringing your words to your reader.