This can be:
|long or short run,|
|one-off or |
|| Print on Demand (Harnessing new technologies)
Books are only produced to fulfil an order. There is no stock,
warehousing or storage costs.
| You obtain quotes for the printing process. There are many printers and
you can find the firm with the expertise and technical facilities most appropriate to
produce your work. (We will be building a database of suppliers). You can set the price but it might be better not to print
it on the book as it might take some time to move the stock and you might want
to increase it. For hardbacks,
the price can be printed on a batch of dust jackets. For single batch printing, we can advise
you on the margins.
||We prepare the POD costing and help you set the price of your book. The calculations show
you how much you will receive per copy for books sold. This price can be adjusted annually.
As we act as your agent for POD, we must agree the
pricing structure of the book.
You fill in the form and pay the initial POD fee.
|You will receive galley proofs or something similar, depending on the technology,
to check before the printing starts
||The book designer will send some sample pages
and cover designs for your
approval. We will quote any further costs involved.
|You will have to make arrangements for the
delivery & storage of your
||There is a small annual fee to maintain your book in the POD system.
|At this stage your printer will normally
show you a copy of your book in proof form. You need to
correct this before the final go-ahead is given for printing.
||We send you two copies of the printing contracts.
provides a professional contract vetting system for checking publishers'
contracts. Your contract with us is very much simpler as we are not the
publisher. The contract covers how your book will be printed and distributed
and how the money will be collected and passed on to you.
Nevertheless, you should check it carefully before returning a signed copy.
|If you want to make any changes your contract will tell
you who has to pay. Fortunately, typographic errors are now rare as
the manuscripts do not have to be transcribed. Author alterations are not
normally accepted at this stage and there will be an additional charge
if you decide to make changes to the text. Major changes could require a complete redesign of the book.
||Once we receive your contract we will bill you for
any additional POD fees.
|If you are using a specialist or batch printer, the cost of printing and delivery
will normally be billed on completion.
||The ISBN will be issued if required and the barcode sent to the
|The book is then printed, bound and any dust jacket fitted. There are warehouse and
distribution companies who hold copies on your behalf.
Copies can be held in sheet form (i.e. unbound) until required to save some
||The book is printed or 'published' on the POD system. We order the copies agreed
in our contract with you, normally about 20, for legal deposit, your
initial copies and any agreed promotions.
|You then publish the book by making it available for people to buy and read.
trade is notified that the title is available through the normal channels.
|So ends the second era in the life of your book. It is fun and relatively easy.
The next stage is to sell your book