Self Publishing Guide
Television shows like “The Antiques Road Show”, “The Collectors” and “The Antique Collector” have made us much more aware of our histories than ever before. Many attempts in the past have been made to help us preserve those family memories. Kodak was instrumental in getting an inexpensive camera into the hands of millions of people so they could record their family experiences in either stills or movies.
In time the VHS tape was developed and large cumbersome movie cameras that would use these tapes to record family events and have them played on your home VCR and TV. In time, very small, moderately priced, digital movie cameras were introduced, where the movies could also be played back directly from the camera to your television, and the sales went wild.
Then the digital still camera started to become popular and the digital movie camera has gone from three versions of digital tape to a mini CD. In the mean time the sales of digital cameras have rocketed and all sorts of different versions, attachments and recording medias have been developed.
Self-publishing is simple.
Here's how it functions. You select a size for your book, format your Word manuscript to fit that size, turn your Word doc into a PDF, create some cover art in Photoshop, turn that into a PDF, and upload it all to the self-publisher of your choosing and get a book explanation back inside two weeks (or earlier) if you succeeded in formatting everything in the right way. You may then make changes and swap in new PDFs. After you officially publish your book, you can make changes to your cover and interior text by submitting new PDFs, though your book will go offline ("out of stock") for a week or two. Companies such as BookSurge charge $50 for uploading a new cover and $50 for a new interior and others, such as Lulu offer very good, in-depth instructions for the DIY crowd and there’s no extra charges.
Quality has improved.
I can't talk for all self-publishing companies, but the standard of many are quite solid. The sole giveaway that you are handling a self-published book would be if the cover were poorly designed.
Good self-published books are few and far between.
As anyone can self-publish as book the entry standard is quite low and therefore, the bulk of self-published books are fairly bad. If I had to put a number on it, I would say less than five percent are decent and less than one percent are actually good.
Though known as a print on demand self publishing company, Lulu likes to call itself a digital market place that reduces normal barriers of publishing.
What's Print on Demand?
Print on demand publishers print only on bill of an order. This permits them to avoid the expenses related to inventory. Modern electronic printing appliances and a prevalence of prime quality word processors, controlled by Microsoft's Word, makes printing a fast, virtually automated, and economical process.
Lulu has templates and support for 15 kinds of outlined material, including paperback and hardcover books, comics, and cookbooks. 6 types of photo-oriented material and 8 kinds of digital media , for example CDs / DVDs and videos round out the printing options available. The rest of this text will concentrate on books the majority of the data will also apply to other media.
#1 – How much should I pay?
#2 – Where will I sell my books?
#3 – I want to get started but I don’t know how?
#4 – What printing options should I choose?
#5 – What if my book starts selling really well?
#6 – What do I plan next ?