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Subject: On Demand Printing
Category: Business and Money > Consulting
Asked by: sky123-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 09 May 2006 16:44 PDT
Expires: 08 Jun 2006 16:44 PDT
Question ID: 727099
I have written a straight forward leadership book based on five
principles of success. I want to get the cover, copy set, and printing
completed. I'm stuck. I need very specific direction with people to
contact who will do a GREAT job at a REASONABLE price. I'm so tired of
talking to people who are too expensive (Hey...I'M the one who wrote
the book!) or seem clueless.
If you can provide highly recommended processes and anmes/contact
info, please bid on this. Many thanks.

Request for Question Clarification by answerguru-ga on 09 May 2006 16:57 PDT
Hello sky123-ga,

I have some great contacts that could help with this - just so we get
you in touch with the right company, could you let me know where you
are located and what kind of price range is appropriate for you?

Subject: Re: On Demand Printing
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 31 May 2006 07:33 PDT
Dear sky123,

The least expensive way to self-publish your book is with a pure
print-on-demand program such as the one offered by CafePress. Although
programs of this kind charge no overhead, they expect you to supply your
own formatting and design or to farm out this work to a third party. The
printing fee is charged per unit whenever someone buys your book.

    * No setup fees or minimum quantities.
    * Black and white books with full color covers.
    * Choose from Saddle Stitch, Wire-O or Perfect Bound binding
    * Choose from 5 book sizes.

    Visit our Learning Center for information on how to publish your book!

    Pricing includes book production, order management, fulfillment
    and customer service. You choose the retail price and earn the
    difference between the retail price and our base price.

    The pricing is based on the number of pages in your book plus the
    type of binding you wish to offer. For example, the base price
    for a 100-page perfect-bound book would be $10.00, and you set
    the retail price. Base prices are the same for all book sizes.

CafePress: Self Publish Books

CafePress: Publishing Learning Center

The following article series details the route one self-publisher took
with CafePress.

    The bottom-line is this--it costs you nothing to sell merchandise
    through CafePress. If no one buys your merchandise, no one buys
    it. You make no money, but also you spend no money. You've got
    no inventory, and no fixed costs. CafePress is willing to spot
    you the storage space on their servers in the hopes that maybe
    they'll make a few bucks off each item you sell.

    Well, it so happens that CafePress is now in the
    publication-on-demand business, and works just the same as the
    rest of their services. You write your book, format it as a PDF
    file, create graphics for the book cover, and upload the whole
    shebang. And you set your price, and if anyone buys your book
    you get the difference between your price and theirs delivered
    to your bank account.

    This is very cool, and it's the way it should be. And given that
    I've got a book or two in me that I'd like to see in print, I
    think I'm going to take advantage of it. And given that I've got
    a blog, I'm naturally going to document every step of the process.

Laurie R. King: Publication on $0 a Day

If you lack the technical expertise to follow the CafePress process, you
should expect to pay up front for packaged design and formatting from
a full-service print-on-demand publisher. A particularly well-regarded
firm of this kind is AuthorHouse, whose current toll-free number is

    Authors House, Director of Author Promotions, 1663 Liberty Drive
    #200, Bloomington IN 47403; 812-339-6000; 800-839-8640; Fax:
    812-339-6554. This site features more than 6,000 electronic and
    print-on-demand books. Writers retain all rights (and are free to
    publish elsewhere as well). Royalties go as high as 30%. They are
    the only company to offer audio books on demand as well. Among
    their authors are Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde; Buddy
    Ebsen, author of Kelly's Quest; and Thomas Hargrove, author of
    Long March to Freedom.

Book Market: Print-on-Demand and Ebook Producers

    Products & Services: Self Publishing

    Standard Paperback Publishing

    Includes everything you need to turn your manuscript into a
    quality paperback:

        * Black and white paperback format
        * Full interior text layout
        * Design of full-color cover
        * International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
        * Distribution to over 25,000 retailers and online

Author House: Self Publishing Products

As an alternative to print-on-demand technology, which often results
in books of inferior quality, you can turn to a short-run printer
such as Blitzprint, whom you can reach at 1-866-479-3248. In addition
to printing a small number of units of your book, such as 50 or 100,
Blitzprint offers a custom design package for $599.

    What will my book look like?

        We have always believed every book should be unique. Our
        publishers are welcome to use any outside service to
        design and layout their book and bring us print ready
        files or visit our design center for other options.

    How long does it take?

        Typically we work on a 3 week turn around from proof
        approval. Timelines depend a lot on the proofing process
        and getting everything just perfect should not be
        rushed. We like to remind authors that it likely took
        years to write your labor of love and it's not a good
        idea to rush things now.

    How many books should I order?

        Ask yourself how many books you need? Add up all the
        friends and family who want a copy, the reviewers you
        should send them to, any buyers, bookstore managers and
        media who will get complimentary copies. Having a good
        supply of books on hand for these sorts of contacts is
        crucial for successful marketing. In our experience most
        authors have no problem going through an initial order
        of 100 books. You can reprint anytime and publishers are
        often wise to print only as they need books, rather than
        invest in large quantities.


    Will Blitzprint sell my books?

        Blitzprint can make your books available at it's online
        bookstore, as well as list it with sites like,
        and wholesalers like Baker and Taylor. Selling your
        book will always be best handled by those with a vested
        interest in it's success, meaning you.
    Will my books be available to bookstores around the country?
        Yes, by listing with a major wholesaler like Baker and
        Taylor virtually all bookstores will be able to access
        your title.

    Will Blitzprint handle fulfillment?

        Yes, if you choose Blitzprint will warehouse a small
        quanitity of books and use this supply to fill any orders
        or drop shipments you require.

    Can Blitzprint help me sell my book?

        You bet. See our Selling Center.

    Does Blitzprint collect royalties from the sale of my book?

        No, all sales outside of Blitzprint's own online bookstore
        are 100% yours and no royalties will be collected by
        Blitzprint. Sales through our online bookstore are
        subject to a 12% fulfillment fee.

Blitzprint: Info Center

For a print-on-demand publishing package with full service at a fixed
price, you may wish to consider Wheatmark. $799 buys you page formatting,
cover design, distribution, proofing, and five sample copies before
print-on-demand publication starts with 20% royalties to you, the author.

    The Wheatmark Publishing Service includes personal author
    support; custom book layout; custom cover design; ISBN, LCCN,
    and other bibliographic registrations; electronic page and cover
    proofs; publication and distribution through Ingram Book Company,
    Bertrams,, and major online bookstores; sample copies;
    substantial author discounts, royalties management; and a chance
    at entry into our Great Expectations  program.


    Personal Author Support

    A professional book editor is assigned to you and your book. Your
    book editor works with you during the entire publication process.

    Custom Book Layout

    Your book editor designs a unique layout for the text of
    your book. This process includes choosing an overall format,
    chapter headings, header and footer styles, and fonts that fit
    well with your argument or story. Once the format is designed,
    your book editor uses it to do a complete layout of your book,
    including the creation of title and copyright pages. 

        Optional Services: Image Placement, Image Scanning, 
        Footnote/Endnotes, Index Inclusion

    Custom Cover Design

    Your book editor works with you to create a full color cover
    that is unique to your book, incorporating any images, artwork,
    and photographs that you provide. Your book editor takes into
    account what you are looking for, and what will make your book
    the most marketable, before design begins. Your book editor also
    does a free cover copy tune-up to make your front or back cover
    copy the best marketing tool it can be.

Wheatmark: Book Publishing and Self-publishing Services

One author who has self-published her books recommends the print-on-demand
publisher Virtual Bookworm.

        Basic hardcover fee is $430.00. [...]

        Royalties:  Royalties are 50% of net receipts.

        Author's discount:  Basic discount is 30%, bulk discounts may apply.

        Break-even point:   Less than 200 copies of an
        average length book sold through external channels.

        Basic retail price: Retail price is competitive
        ($13.95 for a 200-page paperback).

        Layout: They format your book for you, or you can submit
        your own layout for a $50.00 rebate (subject to approval).

        Graphics:   Up to 15 graphics are included in the
        basic setup fee, more can be purchased as an extra.

        Cover options:  They provide you with a basic cover
        design or you can submit your own for a $50.00 rebate
        (subject to approval).

Books and Tales: An Incomplete Guide to Print On Demand Publishers:
Virtual Bookworm

Books and Tales: An Incomplete Guide to Print On Demand Publishers

You can reach Virtual Bookworm at 1-877-376-4955.


    Level 1: Includes all of the above services and one free book. The
    package includes a generic cover, with an author photo and bio
    on the back. The author may supply artwork for the front cover,
    as long as the work is of 300dpi or greater.
    Level 1 Price: $430

    Level 2: Includes the basic services, Library of Congress number,
    and three free books.
    Level 2 Price: $495

    Level 3: Includes all of the basic services, Library of Congress
    number, five free books and custom dustjacket/casebound cover.
    Level 3 Price: $650

    Level 4: Includes all of Level 3 services, plus professional
    editing package (for up to 75,000 words).
    Level 4 Price: $950

Virtual Bookworm: Print on Demand: Hardcover

I wish you the best of luck with your venture. If you have any concerns
about the accuracy or completeness of my research, please advise me
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