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Self-publishing and vanity publishing

There are many reasons for publishing your own work

  • You want a fixed number of copies of a family memoir or perhaps your work on local history
  • You are confident you can sell the quantity you print
  • You haven't time to hang around waiting for a publisher

What, or who, is a publisher?

It can be difficult to decide who is publishing a book and who is acting as an agent. The publisher is generally the person or company which takes the financial risk in making a book available. For example, if a book goes on sale but sells no copies, it is the publisher who usually loses all or most of the money. If you get paid anyway, you are likely to be a designer, printer, author or consultant of some kind (although authors will only get an advance payment and not earn royalties unless the book sells).

One of the great advantages of Print on Demand for self-publishing is that it limits your risk to the set-up costs of your book. Individual copies are printed only when ordered. By contrast, traditional batch printing might well require you to finance an initial printing of, say, 500 or 1,000 copies, thus substantially increasing your risk.

Vanity publishing

If you are unwilling or unable to become a self-publisher, you might opt for vanity publishing. There are many companies which will 'publish' for you, but you should be wary and make sure you know exactly what you will be getting for your money. In particular, you may find this an expensive option and that the sales are disappointing. We are not in that business. WritersServices Self-publishing provides a design, production and distribution service using Print on Demand technology. We help you get your book printed, so that you can focus on the demand, before and after publication.

Vanity publishing




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  1. Work out the design and set up cost
  2. Unit cost business & marketing plans
  3. Book order form and payment page

You are off to a very good marketing start with WPS as we link all our titles into Amazon and several of the biggest book distributors so your book can be ordered, delivered and the money collected worldwide.

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