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Feb 23, 2011
Lulu has announced lower print costs on over 60 book options they offer. So what does this mean to you?
  • You will make more on each book sold
  • You will spend less on your proof copies
Lulu say that you can expect your new book will cost up to 50% less to print!

Dec 17, 2010

Assisted Self Publishing partner Getting Yourself Published introduces their new Author Zone.

The Author Zone provides a personalised and private environment for all Getting Yourself Published authors so that they can securely upload their manuscripts, communicate with their dedicated Publishing Assistant, review the progress of their project, download electronic proofs, monitor their royalties and sales, and much more.

 

Self Publishing Reviews

The Self Publishing Guide reviews many of the variety of Self Publishing providers and partners who are presently in the market. These range from the very large POD printers such as Lulu, to the smaller Assisted Self Publishing partners such as Getting Yourself Published.

There are many other providers in between, all the way down to the single, experienced self-publisher in his kitchen offering support to new authors.

Each review will attempt to provide an objective evaluation of the services offered, the costs to authors, the level of royalties paid, and the apparent professionalism of those providing the services. Generally speaking, there will always be those authors who have had good experiences with self publishing partners, and some who have had bad experiences. It is not always easy to quantify these experiences, and so authors should always contact providers and try to judge their own first impressions. Is the website easy to use? Is the information, especially about costs, easily found? Do the employees of the business respond to initial contacts promptly?

If you don't feel comfortable with these first impressions then hesitate to invest money with such a business. Publishing is no different to any other business transaction. If you don't have confidence in the people you are trying to make contact with then it is probably best to look elsewhere.

Ideally you would want to be able to invest in stages, so perhaps a small amount paid to begin the process, then a larger deposit, and the final amount when your manuscript has been proofed and is available for general purchase.

An author should also consider what they are trying to achieve. Is it simply to produce a very small quantity of books for a family occasion, or for an internal business training course, or something similar? Or do you hope to be able to sell a small but reasonable quantity of books in a niche which you have identified? Or perhaps you really do think that you have what could be a best seller and want to give yourself a chance at publication without breaking the bank? These different objectives may well indicate a different self publishing partner.

Our Self Publishing Guide will provide you with more questions and answers.