Sewn perfect bound book binding.

InstantPublisher prides itself in offering the most customizable self publishing and book printing service around. I am going to start randomly posting about some of the different book printing options we offer, as many of our customers do not know that we offer so many different configurations in our book printing line and that  many do not know what the terms even mean.  This week I am going to talk about sewn perfect binding.

Sewn perfect binding looks similar to a regular perfect bound (paperback)  book but the book block is actually sewn together before gluing the cover to the book block.   The reason we offer this binding style is that perfect binding by itself is not suitable for long term usage because the glue hardens by alternating cold and hot weather and will eventually break and the pages will fall out. When some people read a book they will tend to try to make the book lay flat by folding the book back onto the spine.  This also tends to break the glue where the book is folded and will cause the pages to fall out.

Sewn Perfect binding is recommended for books that need to last for a very long time or books with a coated stock like our gloss coated papers.  Gloss coated papers do not let the glue penetrate as well as regular text stock so, with gloss coated books with more than 80 pages, we recommend that you take the sewn option.  Sewn books are first glued together, sewn with thread, then they are perfect bound to hide the threads.  The threads can still be seen when the book is opened wide but they are barely noticeable.  The outside of the book will have a slight bulge as well where the thread is but it is not very noticeable.   This is the same binding style that we use in our hardcover book binding to be sure the books last a very long time. See more on this binding style here.

Notice the threads inside the spine of the sewn perfect bound book
The sewn perfect bound book appears just like a regular glued perfect bound book

Family History Books

Did you know that InstantPublisher prints family history books? We’ve helped many customers self publish their family histories, genealogies and memiors over the years.

Whether your family history is humorous, sober or serious, we can print it. This is your opportunity to professionally publish family traditions, ancestors’ stories and memories you have of family members. Many customers choose to have their family history printed in a color hardback cover, but the options are endless.

Here are just a few family history books we’ve printed:

If you’re interested in publishing your family history, you can order our free self publishing guide by visiting our website or giving us a call at 800-259-2592. Our customer service reps are ready to help you every step of the way!

Book Publishing Industry has steady Growth

A recent study in August 2011 shows steady growth in the modern U.S. publishing industry — capturing its size, scope, revenue and rapid strategic expansion across multiplatform content and sales distribution channels. Spanning 2008-2010, BookStats offers data and analysis of the total industry and the individual Trade, K-12 School, Higher Education, Professional and Scholarly markets. Produced jointly by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group, its highlights include:

Overall U.S. publishing revenues are growing — Publishers’ net sales revenue has grown annually; 2010’s $27.94 Billion is a 5.6% increase over 2008.

Overall U.S. publishing unit sales are up as well — Publishers’ 2.57 Billion net units sold in 2010 represent a 4.1% increase since 2008.

Americans, young and old, are reading actively in all print and digital formats — 2010 total net sales revenue in the consumer-focused Trade market is $13.94 Billion, increasing 5.8% since 2008 (and excluding 2011’s e-book sales surge). Both Adult Fiction and Juvenile (non-fiction and fiction) have seen consistent annual gains.

Education publishing holds steady and, in some segments, shows solid growth — Higher Education’s $4.5 Billion net sales revenue for 2010 represents a significant 23.1% increase over 2008. K-12 School, the industry’s second largest category by net sales dollar volume, reached $5.5 Billion revenue in 2010.

Professional and Scholarly publishing shows gains — The Professional market’s $3.7 Billion net sales revenue was +6.3% over 2008. Scholarly publishing experienced 4.7% growth since 2008, with $191 Million net sales revenue for 2010.

“This study indicates that the publishing industry is healthy and growing during a time of unprecedented change.”

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Book Cover Designs

The cover for your book is a very important selling tool. You can have a great story to tell, but if the cover fails to draw attention, the book will not sell. All large book publishers and distributors look for an attractive cover and book title. Good designs are what make buyers reach for the product.

publishing books First Choice— (Black & White)
Instantpublisher.com book publishers have four choices to make in cover design. The first, a black and white design printed on white cover stock. This can include grayscale images on both the front and back cover. Covers are to be uploaded separately to your library. [ JPG, TIFF and PDF files may be emailed as well after placing your order with the order number.] *Cover specs are set to 1/8″ larger than your actual book size to incorporate bleeds with .5″ margins for text. Photoshop templates are available.

publishing booksSecond Choice— (Stock Full Color)
Stock full color cover designs is the second choice offered by Instantpublisher.com and can be personalized with your wording and the selected typestyles. If you chose this selection on your order, you will be given a screen during the order process to complete the information you want imprinted and the cover design you selected. Back cover text and images can be added for a flat fee of $20 for initial set up.

publishing booksThird Choice— (Customer Full-Color)
Customer full color is the third choice. You will email, upload to your library or ftp your custom cover art separately after placing your order. Customer full color photos or art designs can be printed on your front cover including bleeds. All images for the cover should be scanned and saved as EPS, TIF or PDF files at 300 dpi. For color accuracy, be sure to use CMYK colors and take the hard copy proof option. Cover specs are set to 1/8″ larger than your actual book size to incorporate bleeds with .5″ margins for text, Photoshop templates are available.

publishing books Fourth Choice— (Instant Publisher)
The fourth choice is to have an InstantPublisher designer take your concept and design your cover for you. If you want a completely custom cover design, but do not know how to complete the process, this is the option for you. Two options are offered with the service, the first being the standard custom cover design service. This service includes 1 hour of design service and 2 online proofs costing $65. The second option is the premiere design service which includes 2 hours of design time and unlimited online proofs costing $120. Most basic designs can be completed with the standard services, and more intricate designs will require the premium service.

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5 More Ways to Cure Writer’s Block

6. Limit Writing Time

If you’re a procrastinator, this might work for you. It works for those under pressure. Instead of writing for an entire day. Write an article, and restrict yourself to two or three hours. Sometimes knowing that you have a whole day to complete an assignment or book will only succeed in giving you an excuse to slack off. You think to yourself “It’s okay if I hang out with the girls (for girl’s day out) because I have the whole day… it won’t take very long, and I can write later”, or “I’ll just go play tennis for awhile and maybe something will come to me.” This usually leads to wasted time. Tell yourself, for example, that it has to be completed by 1pm, no excuses, no ifs ands or buts. Make no excuses about completing your work.

7. Read a Book, Magazine or Newspaper

Sometimes scanning the headlines or flipping through the images can inspire you, when browsing through a book, magazine, or newspaper. Seeing a headline that says “Loose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks” might inspire you to write “10 Ways to Get Fit”, and so on. Reading current news can also help you think of an idea for your personal writing adventure. Also, reading for fun can help too. If you love to read National Geographic. You may be inspired from a favorite article or subject you find.

8. Always Carry a Voice Recorder or Notebook

Write down or record your ideas…anytime and anyplace. This will provide inspiration as you use your notes or listen to your voice notes. It’s very easy to forget about the things that inspire us as we go about our daily lives, so keeping a log can be a real lifesaver. This will spark us to expound upon a topic for your next chapter or next book.

9. Mind Mapping

Brainstorming, if you will, and write all your ideas on paper. Write down anything and everything you want to say about a particular topic. Try linking together your most unusual ideas. Once you have everything written down, it’s easy to sort ideas into categories and find something interesting to write about. For example, write down all words related to a picnic. (pickles, apples, oranges, sandwiches, chips, blanket, basket, peanut butter, knife, fork ,etc) Then you may write about a romantic couple having a picnic in the middle of the park.

10. Meditation

Meditate. Having a healthy body is important. Making time to meditate helps all aspects of life. However, emotional and psychological stresses, of daily life, convey tension and worsen our episodes of Writer’s Block. The answer is MEDITATE. Meditation at the beginning of everyday, for example, brings harmony to our body, mind and soul. It helps the thought process. It will help the writing juices flow, and you’ll write better every time you pull out your laptop or little notebook. Conquer your Writer’s Block.

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Confidence and Success with Self-Publishing

Success in Self Publishing

It’s not unusual that so many new and seasoned authors are turning to self-publishing more and more in this economy. While self-publishing has been around, it’s become even more popular since the economic crash in 2008 which sent large publishing houses scrambling for manuscripts they “believed” would definitely sell. After all, with money tight for everyone, large publishing houses became even more leery of taking on unknowns than before.

All the while, literary agents, continued to follow suit with the perception that taking on unknown authors was well – just plain too risky. What did that mean for the world of self-publishing? Big business – more than before. Instant Publisher, one of the nation’s leading book publishing companies began to see an increase in customer interest while a large sect of authors flocked to self-publishing companies because of many reasons, although much is speculation at this point and not statistical yet. (Statistics will be available by the end of 2010.)

We do know that in 2009 self-publishing hit an all time high with self-published titles hitting around the 764,000 mark. That’s a lot of books. That’s also a lot of authors! With that in mind Instant Publisher kicked up advertising and reached evermore for the right audience, which led the company even closer to its current success.

With the rise in unknowns and even seasoned authors turning to self-publishing, revenue increased and Instant Publisher began to climb even higher to a position of being one of the best self-publishing companies to use. Why? Well, for starters they got the word out!

  • Superior Quality Books
  • Excellent, Live Customer Service
  • No hidden side-kick fees like most self-publishing companies have lurking in the find print
  • Affordability
  • Quick Turnaround
  • Minimum orders beginning at 25 books

While many authors view any publishing venture as risky – working with a book publishing company like Instant Publisher puts many authors at more ease – knowing all of the above. Money saved on the front end means more money on the back end that can be spent on marketing and gaining book placement, which ultimately leads to sales. And sales is the key word. Sales means = Money.

The Self-Publishing Advantage

Control. So, we are in a fragile economy, yet it’s better than it was a year ago.

People still go to the movies, out to dinner and yes, read. They purchase books. The great catch to the author, who self-publishes, however, is that they aren’t required to share the majority of their royalties off of book sales with another person or entity. They remain in the driver seat and maintain control over earnings.

This is a big attraction to many authors (especially today) who self-publish because they can actually make more money self-publishing. Of course, who wouldn’t love a million dollar advance? Well – those aren’t that common. Some self-published authors who take a chance and hold confidence within their book and their self-publishing company sometimes do end up being picked up by a major publishing house, but only after they have shown that the book sells. (Again – makes money! )

With Instant Publisher, authors can control the design of their book, how they want it bound and the number of books to print and publish. The author calls the shots according to their budget.

InstantPublisher.com has been in the book publishing business for about 10-years and falls under the parent company, Fundcraft Publishing, a family owned, 100-year old cookbook publishing company – and one of the nation’s leading cookbook fundraising companies.

Consider using InstantPublisher.com for your book! Let Instant Publisher bring out the book in you!

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As always – Start Writing and Good Luck from the awesome Instant Publisher team!

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Today’s Writing Tips are for Inspiration and Organization!

{ It’s time! Bring Out The Book in You! }

Remember a few things first:

1) Give some thought to plot.

2) Complete a first draft.

3) Be prepared to revise.

4) Get feedback.

5) Put it aside.

Who is your favorite writer? Read their work. You certainly won’t copy them, but just reading their work will sometimes serve as inspiration for you. Like an artist sometimes views many pictures before they finally begin to draw.

Take a walk – a real walk. Is there a park nearby, or a lake? Go somewhere where you can actually be in nature and enjoy the simple beauty. Make SURE to bring your pad and pen! (Always!)

Now, when you feel as if you are getting a bit more inspired, then begin thinking of your plot. Start free writing. Just write what comes to mind and do NOT worry about editing right now. Next, make your first draft and be prepared to revise because you will revise and probably revise more than twice! Always get feedback from an objective person. Mom may not work too well. Finally, put it aside. Yes, simply walk off from your masterpiece in work for an entire day. Make sure when you go to bed at night you have the pad and pen handy! You may need it!

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Creative Writing Tips and Self-Publishing

We’ve said it before and we now say it again – You are only words away from seeing your dream become a reality. If you’re one of our faithful fans, you may notice on our Facebook page how often we say, “Start writing!” Well, we say that because it’s true. So many people have much to say, and their story could turn into a high selling literary work! But…if you don’t start, you won’t finish. And if you don’t finish, you won’t see your creation in book form – which is life! Your living book will remain forever in your mind and not a soul will know about the words that you so desperately want to share. With that said, let’s talk about creative writing and how InstantPublisher can help make your dream a reality and bring your book to life!

Self-Publishing is one of the most, if not the most, popular and effective ways to successfully publish today. InstantPublisher was created to make it easy for the new or even established author, to create their work in the comfort of their own home and submit it electronically to be printed and published – and become fully ready for marketing and hitting those book shelves! (You are in control of your money too – all of it!)

Let’s begin at ground zero – where the mind is full and ready to go full-steam forward, yet the hand has not quite caught up because no writing has started! So, let’s talk creative writing tips and help you get started with your special project! It’s time! No more procrastinating or thinking that you cannot write a book – because you can write a book!

1) Start Writing!

Many established authors will tell you that one of the ways they tend to write best is to just write. In fact, a large majority will tell you that they do not edit as they go, but write in free form and go back and edit later, so as not to interrupt the creativity that is flowing! An experienced writer will also tell you – Some of the best ideas come at the most inopportune times, so keep recorder and/or pen and paper handy. If you get a great idea at 3:00a.m. and need to begin writing, most likely you will not want to stop your flow and edit here and there. No worries! You will always have a chance to edit, edit, edit – later.

2) Let the Words Flow!

Let the words flow and worry about details later. But, no matter what kind of editor you are, make sure of one thing – NEVER allow a story to contain misspelled words or incorrect grammar. The main thing to remember when writing is to let it flow. Then, when you are ready to consider editing, start simple. Begin with getting rid of the “fluff.” Fluff is unneeded words or characters that really have no compelling impact within the story and scenes that, if left out, would never be missed.

3) Editing!

Regarding editing again – keep in mind that even the most famous of authors write several drafts before they are completely satisfied. Take your time. Notice the words, take your time – not, take your lifetime! Yes, you do want to see your story in book form before you leave the planet! And InstantPublisher would too! So, hang in there!

If you know anything about method acting, you may be familiar with the methods of Stanislavsky or Lee Strasberg. The art of method acting draws upon personal, real life situations and then applying those emotions experienced into a script. So, when the actor speaks – he is speaking from real emotion, unlike character acting, which is essentially, “acting.” Point is this: When it comes to creative writing and reviewing the plethora of creative writing tips out there – consider this: Think, think, and think. What does this mean? It means, bury yourself as best you can. Seclude yourself as best you can and begin to delve far into the past as you develop your novel. What is your plot? What is the main theme? What is the conflict and resolution within your story? You probably have answers to all of these questions, but when it comes to actually writing your story – you will have to reflect. Again, you will have to reflect. This may mean digging deep into the far recesses of your mind where you remember things that perhaps might not be so pleasurable – or, could be extremely pleasurable! It’s okay though. You can do it. In fact, many writers and actors will tell you that it is and can be quite therapeutic. It’s referred to as “release.” By allowing yourself – giving yourself permission – to revisit particular events in your life – you not only have a chance to possibly come up with healthy resolutions, but, at the same time, you will grasp that old feeling and raw emotion again. And THAT is the precise moment in which you need to begin to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE. DO NOT worry about editing right now. Just write. Allow your creativity to flow.

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Book Publishing Made Easy… Self Publish!

My manuscript had been done for at least 6-months. It was time to shop for a book publisher. At first, I really thought I would get an agent and hit the big time. After all, my book was and is the best in the world, or so I thought anyway! I learned, however, that no matter how great a book is, getting an agent and waiting to hook up with a giant publishing house is not easy and not fast and frankly can be a nightmare. And bottom line – it may never happen. I chose not to wait! I wanted to see my book in print and on the shelves! I knew it could make money! I had confidence and was willing to invest. I had already invested my heart, emotion and time and it was time to invest money I had budgeted for book publishing. I figured out that self publishing is the way to go!

Visit this book publisher!

Trust me, there are a plethora of self publishers out there, but I found one that really sparked my interest – InstantPublisher.com. They appeared to me to be one of the best book publishing companies out of all of them. I’m going to share what I found out so you fellow authors out there won’t have to go through the torturous “search and wait” that I did!

First of all, with Instant Publisher you can invest a little or a lot. It all depends on your personal budget and also what your desire is as far as “testing the market.” For example, you may have a fantastic manuscript yet you are not sure how you want to begin as far as getting your book out on the retail shelves, so you might want to publish a couple of hundred books first to test the water – see how they sell – then go back and print more. That’s what I did.

For me, I also knew I wanted to be in control and with this self publishing company you, the author, are in total control! Self publishing is the way to go and I’ll tell you a few reasons why. As I said, number one – control. With Instant Publisher you can self publish your book and print as little as 25 copies to begin with. They will print and publish your book, give you an ISBN number, and have your book completely set up and ready for retail shelves or Internet sales. They also have live customer support which I found invaluable! I couldn’t find another book publishing company that offered full-time customer support.

I made the decision to print 300 books to start with. Since then, I’ve had 500 more printed. My sales have been fantastic! And with Instant Publisher, you get nothing less than the best professionally bound bookstore quality book! I even received help with my cover design. I had so many choices and options with Instant Publisher!

Additionally, I found their Web site extremely helpful. It’s an easy read, easy to navigate through and they even offer writing tips! They have a wealth of invaluable information on the Web site that provided me with answers to almost every question I had in my head! Again, it’s an awesome site! I think I visited their Web site almost every day as I was finishing up my manuscript. It was toward the wrap-up of my manuscript that I began to look at book publishing options and that’s when I found Instant Publisher.

Finally, my book has made it into the hands of so many people – I can’t even count. I’ve received great reviews from readers and even personal e mails telling me how much reading my book helped a person. Not only do I feel professionally successful, but proud and thankful that I’ve been able to help other people by telling my story. And yes, I have made money! In fact, I am now about to have another 500 books printed!

I advise any new or established author to use Instant Publisher as their book publisher. Visit their Web site and also see them on Facebook! As Instant Publisher often says, “You can write a book!” And so it goes with Instant Publisher – “Good luck, and start writing!”

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