5 Non-Printing Related Self- Publishing Costs You Should Know About

When most people imagine self-publishing costs, they are focused on things such as paper, ink, and binding. While those things are part of the self-publishing book printing process, they are not all that is needed for a successful book. Here are five non-printing costs related to self-publishing.

Custom Book Covers

Compelling custom book covers can be the difference between success and failure. You need a book cover that makes a promise to the reader. A cover should hint at the contents inside and compel the potential reader to hungrily pick up the book.

A professional and appealing cover isn’t something you can do for yourself unless you already have training as a graphic designer.

Illustrations

Your book may require illustrations within the pages depending on what type of book you are printing.

Children’s picture books need images to keep a child’s attention. Middle-grade books benefit from occasional illustrations as the readers make the transition from picture books to chapter books.

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Nonfiction books can benefit from visual aids or illustrations that help clarify the concepts discussed.

Illustrations must look professional as well as fit properly on the pages of your book.

Editing

Even the most careful and meticulous author sometimes makes mistakes. There are subtle nuances in punctuation and grammar that most laymen miss. That is why it is important to have your manuscript looked over by a professional before you offer up the book to the self-publishing company for printing. Failure to do so could create a book riddled with errors. This may lead to the need for a reprint.

Save yourself time and money by being sure your book has had a solid polish by an editor before printing your own book.

ISBN

Most published books need an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). These indicate the edition of the book and are used as a unique identifier.

Bookstores and libraries won’t carry books that lack an ISBN. This means that, if you are looking to sell your books anywhere other than your personal website or shop, an ISBN is a necessity.

InstantPublisher can help you get an ISBN number for your book and create a matching barcode.

Book Manuscript Formatting

Assuring that a book is pleasing to look at ensures customer satisfaction. This is largely handled through the book manuscript formatting part of the self-publishing process. A book with margins too large or small, seemingly random blank pages, and other inconsistent formatting can interfere with reader enjoyment as well as make your book look unprofessional.

As you can clearly see from this article, paper, ink, and binding isn’t all that is involved in printing a book.

InstantPublisher is available to help you with all the production steps necessary to bring your dream of a published book to fruition. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form today.

8 (More) Reasons to Write and Print Your Own Book Right Now

In a previous blog post we offered 6 Reasons Why You Should Write and Print Your Own Book Right Now. Just in case those six reasons weren’t enough to get you in front of your keyboard, here are eight more.

1. Increase Your Credibility

If you want to be considered an expert in your field, writing a book is a great way to promote yourself and prove to the world how much you know.

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2. Increase Visibility of Your Company

If you own a business, having a book can be an excellent tool for promoting your business. People love stories and if you can offer them a story about your product it will endear them to your company.

3. Make Money

Whether you are using your book to promote a product–or the book is your product–there is money to be made in books. You can earn money from book and product sales as well as through increased business opportunities. You’ve proven you are an expert. That makes you a valuable commodity where HR and potential clients are concerned.

4. Selling Books is Easier than Ever

Great authors of the past have sold books from the trunks of their cars but now, the internet allows you to sell books globally with a click of the mouse.

5. There are More Available Tools Than Ever Before

Online course and videos can teach you writing craft. Online forums allow you to reach out to other authors in the community who offer feedback and help in ways that weren’t possible before the rise of the internet.

If you are struggling to bring your stories to life, there are ghostwriters available to assist you in organizing your thoughts on the page and seeing your vision fulfilled.

6. Life is Short

Unfortunately, science hasn’t found a way to allow humans to live forever. This means your time on this earth is limited. You don’t know how long you might have left. Start Writing Today.

7. Your Book is a Gift to Your Heirs

Although copyright law varies from place to place, many countries have copyright laws that extend past the death of the author. That means that your children, and perhaps even your grandchildren, will own the rights to your books. They can continue to earn money from your legacy as well as finding new ways to market your book in the exciting, unimaginable opportunities of the future. Your book is a gift to those you leave behind after you are gone. Not only in the intellectual property rights but your voice, insights, and very soul.

8. Printing a Book is Cost-Effective and Simple

It has never been easier to print your book. Our experts can help!

InstantPublisher can help you write and print your own book today. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form today.

6 Reasons Why You Should Write and Print Your Own Book Right Now

If you are capable of writing words you are capable of creating a book. In the modern world, with education rates the highest they have ever been, this means a large population of the world can write their stories. Yet, most people don’t. Some feel they don’t have the time or the talent. Others feel they don’t have anything new to say.

Man reading a hard-cover book from vanity publisher

However, if you have ever thought of writing a book, you should do it. Today. Here are 6 reasons why you should write and print your own book it today.

1. Every Story Should be Heard

You never know whose lives will be touched by reading the words you created. Those words that flow from your brain to your fingers have the power to change lives.

If you are worried about the technical aspects of writing your book, there are ghostwriting services available to help you take your story idea and flesh it out into a masterpiece you will be proud to share with others.

2. You Are Unique

No one sees the world as you do, and so no one can write the same book you want to write. If you don’t write it, your book will never get written. There may be similar books thrust into the world, but there will never be YOUR book.

3. Learn a New Skill

Writing a book takes practice. The more you write, the better you will get. Having advanced writing skills can open doors to opportunities in work and life.

4.  Boost Your Confidence

Writing a book will make you feel better about yourself. You started with nothing but an idea, and suddenly there, before your eyes, is a beautiful book that you can display with pride. There are few joys greater than holding your newly printed book in your hands.

5. Explore your passion

You may find that you love writing even more than you expected. Many people find that once they write one book, they never want to stop.

6. Share Your Message

You see the world in a special way, and there are things you are passionate about. You may want to advocate conscientious living or share the struggles of rising from poverty. Perhaps you want to encourage people to become foster parents or to adopt cats and dogs from shelters. Whatever message you have, your book is a great way to share that message with the world.

InstantPublisher can help you write and print your own book today. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form today.

Book Binding Options

All of our book binding methods, except the 3-Ring and hardback/case bindings, are what are sometimes referred to as “soft covers.” The 3-Ring Padded binding is laminated card stock with a padded core, which is formed around three metal rings, similar to a school notebook. We offer several binding options (click for more information on each binding type):

Different book binding types are suitable for different applications. Instantpublisher’s free option for our books is Perfect Binding (shown below). This binding is excellent for books, corporate reports, manuals, brochures, and annual reports. One advantage of this type of binding is that if your book has 80 pages or more, we can print the title information on the spine of the binding. Sewn perfect binding is also offered for thicker color books. Sewing the perfect bound books allows the books to last much longer and is the prefered method for larger books. (InstantPublisher – a book publishing company offers many book binding options. See binding options below.)

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How to Write a Children’s Story

1) Think of a particular child you know. You may choose your child, someone from your neighborhood, or someone from your childhood. (You choose.)

2) Think of that child’s problem behaviors. (You choose.)

3) Consider possible short-term negative outcomes resulting from the problem behavior. In other words, think of something unpleasant that you can imagine happening because of the behavior – but nothing too traumatic. For instance, if the child insists on sleeping in his parents’ bed, maybe you imagine his friends no longer coming over because they feel he acts too babyish.

4) Now work backwards from the imagined outcome. For instance:

  • Your son’s friend stops coming over. Why?
  • Because your son no longer has his own room. Why?
  • Because Dad turned it into an office. Why?
  • Because bedrooms are for sleeping and your son is no longer sleeping in his!

5) Take the story arc you’ve just defined, add a beginning.

Start with a happy child [unconcerned] with the problem behavior, and an ending (in which the child chooses, as a result of the negative outcome, to self-correct the behavior), and you should have a complete story ready for writing! These five (5) brainstorming techniques should help your writing juices to flow.

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How to Choose a Book Publishing Company

So, you don’t have an agent and you don’t want one. You do have a manuscript and you are looking for a book publishing company. No problem! Here’s some encouragement as well – Tom Clancy and John Grisham both sold their first books without agents! Enough said.

Now, let’s talk self publishing. What do you look for in a self publisher?

First of all, many traditional publishing houses pay low royalties – as much as under 14% and lower. With self publishing, however, an author selling books can be certain to receive as much as a 95% return on the high end. That, in and of itself, is one of the largest attractions and benefits to self publishing. So, we’ve covered money. With that said, let’s talk about control.

With self publishing you maintain creative control! You also have the power to control your money flow by managing your budget individually – in the sense that you publish the number of books you want to publish according to your budget. For example with Instant Publisher, one of the top rated self publishing companies in the nation, you can choose to print a minimum of 25 books with a turnaround time of as little as 7-10 days. That’s hard to beat! Of course, most writers will publish more than 25 books – even on the first run. And, suffice it to say that many of those writers end up seeing a healthy return on their investment as pertains to book sales, hence they return to print another batch of a few hundred or more.

One of the main points is this: Self publishing is the way to go today. You’re not at the end of the road with self publishing; you are embarking upon your personal, successful journey into the author’s world. No need to worry about any previous rejections from publishing houses too busy to care about your fantastic book because you are an unknown and they view you as a financial risk. In fact, many of the large well-known publishing houses are not producing as many books as they did [at one time] due to a hard economy and attitudes among staff of being “overly cautious.” You don’t have to get wrapped up in that. Simply bypass that pain and suffering (that almost every author has experienced at one time or another in their career) and self publish. Enjoy your writing without stressing and revel in seeing your book in print and on shelves and on the internet. Most of all enjoy the fact that you will reap your initial investment back and have the opportunity to reap profits, as long as you keep your marketing efforts alive. Keep your books on the shelves and watch them sell. Then when you get your money, rest happily in the fact that you did not give 85% or more to a large publishing house!

Furthermore, a large quantity of business that large publishing houses could have acquired is now going to self publishing companies like Instant Publisher. People simply don’t have the time or desire to wait and wait on agents’ responses and publishing houses slow responses – then only to receive a big rejection! On occasion there have been authors who have embarked upon the successful road of self publishing and later found themselves being offered a deal by one of the large publishing houses that may have rejected them in the first place!

So, to self publish or not to self publish? Self publish! The answer is a resounding yes! Self publish with Instant Publisher. Maintain control, receive professional, superior quality books and take advantage of the supportive customer support team for any questions you may have during your self publishing process. Benefit from Instant Publisher’s easy-to-navigate website and browse fresh and new writing tips posted each week as well! Email us with any questions you may have. We’re here to help and offer the best guidance on self publishing.

A few pros about self publishing with Instant Publisher:

  • Creative Control – Design your own cover or let us help you!
  • Financial Control – Determine the number and type of books you want!
  • Inventory Control – Order when you want to and when you need to!
  • Competitive Pricing – VERY affordable – compare for yourself!
  • Fast Turnaround – As quick as 7 days!
  • Live Customer Support – No need to worry about unanswered e mail.
  • Friendly, Knowledgeable Support Team.
  • No pushy sales people calling you and interrupting your day!
  • No worry about tons of promotional mail in your mailbox every week!

With InstantPublisher you can develop your manuscript on your time, at your leisure, at your own pace, right at your PC and then simply upload and wait for your professionally bound, bookstore quality books to arrive. You determine the amount you want to publish and you determine the amount of money you feel you can spend at any given time. Again, many authors publish a hundred or so books at first and then find themselves ordering hundreds more.

Good Luck! Now, start writing!

InstantPublisher – book publisher helping authors self publish

Welcome to our new InstantPublisher blog.

InstantPublisher.com is a nationally recognized book-publishing company that has helped turn thousands of Authors’ dreams into reality over the past 10-years with quick affordable service and knowledgeable customer support representatives. With many different printing options to choose from and easy-to-follow, step- by-step instructions, there is no doubt why we are quickly becoming the #1 Book Publishing Service of today!

A few of the reasons InstantPublisher has been privileged to help so many authors be successful:

1. Fast Turnaround. Perfect bound B/W books with color cover shipped in as few
as 7-10 days.

2. Affordability. InstantPublisher simply cannot be beat in the short run book printing industry.

3. Ease of Use. With our easy-to-follow website tutorials on book setup and being able to accept all file formats, even rookie authors find it easy to self-publish with InstantPublisher!

4. Options. InstantPublisher offers a multitude of options to keep the savviest authors and designers satisfied. If you don’t see it listed on the website, just ask, because we can create a custom quote!

5. Customer Support. Once an InstantPublisher customer, always an InstantPublisher customer. We strive to help new authors self publish with InstantPublisher and make the file submission and order process as quick and painless as possible for veteran authors and designers who have very little time.

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