Publishing or Printing?

After having a long conversation with someone interested in “publishing” a print book I realized that many individuals don’t know or understand the difference between publishing a book and printing a book. I spent time explaining to this individual what’s involved in publishing a print book and I decided to write about it to help others understand what I do when I publish a print book.

Basically, printing a book is what happens when you prepare a manuscript using some kind of word processing software and then take it to a printer and they print it exactly as you’ve prepare it. If you have created a cover design, it will appear either as the first page or on an actual cover page.

Once the book is ready you pick up the copies and do whatever you planned to do with it. Perhaps you will give it to friends and family. Perhaps you will try to sell it.

Printing is an important step in the publishing process but it’s only one step and much preparation and works involved in publishing.

Publishing is the complete process and I will detail all the steps I take in publishing print books for myself and others instead of just printed in my next post.

POD (print on demand) Publishers

There are many of these companies and they provide a variety of services at varying prices. As you might expect, after publishing six books, three of my own and three for other writers, I have a favorite. To everyone who asks, I recommend Createspace, an Amazon.com company. They are reliable, maintain a high level of quality, deal effectively with problems, and provide an easy gateway into Amazon.com listing.

I won’t list the many others because you can easily find them with a brief google search. In future posts I will discuss how I deal with Createspace, prepare my books for printing, and why I believe Createspace is best including specific experiences.

I welcome your comments regarding any POD company your have worked with and how you rate them.