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II. What is Print on Demand? Our experience with InfinityPublishing.com
(There are other POD publishers.)
Quick summary: The book is printed only after it is ordered. They don't automatically get it into bookstores for you. You do not have to pay for or buy any copies of the book. You own all rights. You do all the marketing. It is NOT self-publishing or vanity publishing. It takes only about 3 months after you send them your book.
Cost: No one has to agree to take your book. You pay a small one-time fee to Infinity to get it all setup, $499 plus optional $149 for Ingram database listing. This includes that they design a simple cover and they get the ISBN #. This is cheap considering they spend maybe 5 hours at $75/hr = $370 just to design the cover.
EDIT: You must edit your book! I spent maybe 50 hours reading For Honor 5 times and coordinating editing and improvements with the author. If someone would charge $25/hr, that would cost $1250. Infinity offers copy editing for one cent a word, which would cost $1072 for For Honor. Get friends or relatives to help you edit to save costs. For technical books, sometimes a colleague will do editing for a free copy of the book.
How does the POD publisher help you? You aren't hiring them as sales agent. You are hiring them to do the technical setup for the book so it can be printed and made available for anyone to buy. But they do provide lots of information, and an annual conference, to help you market your book.
Infinity will send you a nice book that explains the format you should use for your book and what you must send them. It is very helpful. Anyone can follow the instructions. I preferred that they had us format our book to 8.5 x 5.5 rather than sending it as 8.5 x 11 and letting them format. You might think it is better to have them reformat it, but it's not. You are better able to edit your book and get it into perfect final format, and know the page count, which dictates the list price. (You don't want to end up with just one extra page that makes your book cost $1.00 more.)
Who ships the books? Infinity takes orders and ships the books. You don't have to ship any orders. But you may take orders and ship books if you want because you can offer the book at a discount and maybe get more sales. Authors can buy their own books, or other Infinity author books, at 40% off and sometimes 50% off for larger quantities.
Steps of the process. What do I do?
o Get the free book from Infinity, Become a published Author, from www.infinitypublishing.com
o Write your book in Word.
o You can insert black and white pictures only. The cover will be in color.
o Have your book edited!
o Write blurbs and a bio. List the author web site in the bio.
o Copy all files to a CD and mail it to Infinity.
o Start work on your web site and bookmarks.
o Write cover letters to reviewers and have them ready.
o Infinity designs a simple cover, or you can send your cover design in a file.
o They assign the ISBN #.
o They print the price on the book. This is more professional.
o Book price is determined by number of pages. 64 pages = $8.95, 128 pages = $10.95, 192 pages = $12.95, 288 pages = $15.95, 352 pages = $17.95. It goes up about a dollar for each 40 pages. For technical books, you can price the book much higher to reflect its real value and the limited number of people who want the book.
o They will send you proof books. You approve or change. You finalize.
o The book is then published.
o For purposes of selling to bookstore and getting reviews, you could define a release date 5 months later. Meanwhile you can order copies now.
o You should send copies of the book and information packets to many major book reviewers. Try to get reviews or comments from other readers. Look for independent sources where you can pay for a review. (You cannot control if they say good or bad things. It is a real review.)
o You can buy your first order at 50% off. Order as many as you think you need for the first 8 months.
o You, and any other customers, get 40% off if you buy 5 or more books. And you get free shipping if you order 20 of any books. It's worth ordering 20.
o Start promoting your book.
o Your book does not go out of print. You have lots of time to work on marketing.
III. Where can I get more information and help?
¯ www.forhonor.com Click publisher on menu at top. I have put a copy of these presentation notes there. You can then click the link to go to the publisher
¯ Look at www.infinitypublishing.com They sell books on how to market your book, where to send books for reviews, etc.
¯ You can have a printer design book marks, or buy them from Infinity.
¯ Editor. This young woman is a professional editor. She will discuss fees with you and try to do it cheaper than other places will. Hillary Campbell,
Above information from Donna Jaske
For the publisher of these books:
See www.infinitypublishing.com and
Books by Kat Jaske
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Most reviewers will not review it after it has been “published.” And POD publishers are different in that they use the date you approved it as the date published. But if you have not yet released the book, your proof copies will have an earlier date. Then you approve it, and the final ones that are available to the public will have that final date.
I have a professional editor whom I hired here in Columbus to go through the book one final time after I was totally done editing it. Her fees were very reasonable and she did a good job finding little things. I can give you her name and email if you want.