The best and least expensive way to publish your own book is by doing all the preparation work yourself and then using a POD Printer to print the book and fulfill the orders. There are many POD Printers and they are often referred to as POD Publishers. In some cases they are the publisher but if your plan is to self publish then you are the publisher and that means they are the Printer of the book.
This is an important distinction because being the publisher is the only way to really control your own book. When you are told that your ISBN is free and you accept the offer, you are no longer the publisher. ISBNs are not transferable so the owner of the ISBN is the publisher and can decide where the book is printed. Being the publisher requires a lot of effort and knowledge but it is the only way to maintain a large share of the profit from your book. In future post I will cover more about being a self publisher.
Unless you have experience self publishing your books, it’s wise to proceed with caution. While there are many honest companies to help you self publish your book, there are many more whose sole objective is to part you from your money. Two kinds of companies to avoid are Vanity Publishers and Subsidy Publishers. The information below describes how they do business.
Vanity Publishers - This business got its name from the way they prey on the vanity of writers who want to see their book published at any cost. These publishers will contract with you at an excessive cost to produce your book and will come up with a final product. They provide nothing to assist you with marketing your book and have no interest in the process since they make all of their money from you even if you don’t sell a single book. Even if you do happen to sell some books, your profit will be miniscule because of the high cost of publishing the book.
Subsidy Publishers – While a little different from Vanity Publishers, the cost to the writer is still quite high. They do publish the book under their own imprint but the cost to the writer is still excessive and precludes much profit even if you do sell some of the books. They also distribute the book to some extent under their imprint but for this they maintain much of the rights to the book and limit your control significantly.
Neither of these options is a good deal for writers even for a book that sells well and should be avoided. In the next post I will discuss the best way to self publish your book to maintain control and make a reasonable profit from a book that sells well.
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