Print on demand publishing (also called P.O.D.) is an affordable and easy way to get a book into the hands of readers. These companies will take your text and book cover design and create a printed book. Some companies will even provide you with an ISBN (a unique identifier for your book) and provide other services such as editing, cover design, marketing and distribution packages and even selling your book from their web site. (Be sure to read my article on the difference between p.o.d. printers and publishers.)
In print on demand publishing, there are companies that will
provide excellent service in exchange for your hard-earned money and
those that just care about their bottom line. This is why is it
essential to put aside starry-eyed dreams of best seller status while
you carefully read the contract. Better yet, hire a lawyer. If you balk
at the idea of spending money to have someone read the contract, keep in
mind that if you sign away your rights to a work that has taken you
years to produce, the cost to your wallet will be nothing compared to
the cost to your soul.
If you've decide to go with print on demand publishing, here are some important questions to ask yourself about the contract (remember, I recommend that you hire an attorney):
Probably the best, most affordable P.O.D. printer today is Create Space. It has all the top benefits listed in the bullet list above and also gives you the best options with regard to getting the word out about your book. Since Create Space is owned by Amazon, you will automatically get to list your book for sale on the biggest retail site on the web. Take a few moments to follow our step-by-step tutorial for setting up your print on demand publishing account with Create Space.
If for some reason, you choose to go with another company, make sure to take a look at the books that they have published in the past. If they are mostly vanity-type books, beware. However, if all you want to do is get your work published and give it to friends and relatives, then the issues I have raised may be of little concern. If you are serious author, consider what I have laid out in this article very carefully and consider following the recommendation that I made in the paragraph above.
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