So you're ready to (self) publish a book. But where do you begin? The following are three ways you can get your book printed and start profiting immediately.#1
First you want to look into all of your printing options. Using print-on-demand services is the easiest and the most economical route for these reasons:
- reduces expensive inventory
- prevents you from having to fulfill and ship orders
- allows you to retain your rights
Self-publishing platforms like KDP Print and IngramSpark, will fund the production, invoice the customer, take their slice of the pie for production and distribution, then pay you the rest ( a.k.a royalties).
KDP Paperback is the print-on-demand platform via Amazon. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes, and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours. The KDP site has extensive resources and tutorials that provide step-by-step guidance on preparing, publishing, and promoting your book.
Tip: Take advantage of free and paid sites who will promote your book!
IngramSpark is also a print-on-demand platform; known as the best wholesale distributor for bookstores and libraries. It's a little less user-friendly but worth it for brick-and-mortar distribution (40,000 retailers who order from Ingram's extensive catalog).
Tip: Using both platforms broadens your reach and is even recommended by IngramSpark.
Next, I recommend you purchase an ISBN (the bar code and string of numbers you see on the back of most books). An ISBN ensures your book's information will be stored in the Books in Print database, which is consulted by publishers, retailers, and libraries around the world. It also gives your book more credibility.
The U.S. ISBN Agency at Bowker, is the only official source of ISBNs in the United States and its territories. With an ISBN, you can manufacture your publication and sell them anywhere in the world.
Cost with Bowker
1 ISBN @ $125 provides:
- Identify one book in one format
- Get Into Books In Print
- Register yourself as Publisher
- Appear in relevant databases
Tip: When pricing your book, refer to KDP’s Pricing Support.
Suppose you're not interested in distribution and are only looking for a way to print quality copies. In that case, (e.g., maybe you're more interested in printing a full color cookbook), Printing Center USA is your best bet. Rated #1 for the best quality custom book printing services online in the USA, they can print business, graphic design, education, photography books in vibrant full color on premium gloss or matte paper, printed, processed and shipped as fast as 3 - 4 days from proof approval.
Learn more about Printing Center USA here.
If you have more questions on how to self-publish/print your next best-seller, please reach out!
Your beauty and health (and book!) advocate,