$20 for an 80-page self published book?

$20 for an 80-page self published book? Topic: $20 for an 80-page self published book?
July 16, 2019 / By Lashonda
Question: Hi. I'm using the Lulu.com service to publish a print edition of my ebook Dragonworld ETC. It's full color with 88 pages (ebook edition is only 24 pages and free). On Lulu, to publish that kind of book would be $21, and that's NOT including the slight increase I'd have to put on it to make money (and their shipping is 3.99). I'm thinking $21 for an 88-page colored book is expensive, but after researching other services (Createspace, Xilibris, Blurb) they have nearly the same manufacturing costs! So I'm starting to think that it's the paper quality that drives the price up (changing the paper size makes no difference, and don't get me started on Blurb's prices for a hardcover edition). So what do you think? Is $21 for a Perfect Bound 88 page poetry book about Space Dragons (with color illustrations) on high quality paper too much to pay, or would it make a great Collector's Item for my fans (i have so very few) and Christmas Present for Dragon enthusiasts? Is that a normal price? $20 per book, yup Thank you Inkblot, but changing the book size had nearly the same price (80 cents less, if I remember correctly). And it's on their color paper.... Lizzie, it sounds like you are interested in the book @Publishing Consultant is that true? Is Lulu really lowering the prices of their color books?
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Jessamyn Jessamyn | 5 days ago
Printing in color and via print-on-demand (POD) is very expense. It is not the paper quality that drives up the pricing, it is the cost to print in color. Createspace will be a little less expensive, but I can tell you the print quality is a little better at Lulu. I would recommend that you also publish an eBook version of your book, so you offer an option for potential readers/buyers. That version of the book can be priced less. I would price your eBook around $4.99. Also, don't fret over your $21 retail price-point, it is not that bad. If you want the distribution, I would publish with Lulu or Createspace. Make sure you've selected a trim size that qualifies for distribution to Amazon, etc. There are limitations going POD for distribution when you're printing in color. Good news is that there is a new digital print technology that is available and companies like Lulu, will be offering this in the very new future, so the cost to print in color is going to be extremely reasonable. You can publish now and in the next 6-12 months, you'll be able to drop your retail price because the cost to print is going to go down. Best of luck to you!
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Jessamyn Originally Answered: Getting a book published?
You seem to have a really good material in the making. Concentrate on finishing your book and polish it to perfection by editing, rewriting and editing again. You can get published through traditional publishers. You need a literary agent to assist you in getting your manuscript reviewed. When accepted, you will be paid for the publishing rights and the house will publish your book based on how they want to package it. If rejected, you can move to another house and go through the same process again. This takes time and you need to be really patient. Another option is for you to publish the book yourself by availing of the publishing services of self-publishing companies. When you do this, you have full control of your book's publishing from cover to cover. For more information, get this FREE book publishing guide and a publishing consultant will walk you through the whole process free of charge: http://www2.xlibris.com/requestkit/index... Since you are below 18, you need your parents or guardian to sign the publishing contract for you. I hope you find this helpful.

Florry Florry
$20 for 80 pages seems to be asking a bit much. I sold my Lulu-bound (not published) books for $20 each to friends and family, and it was almost 600 pages. Even so, I was hesitant to make them pay so much. $20 is a fair bit of money, after all. Fiddle around with Lulu's options. Try different page sizes, for example. I used US trade, but there are other options that might actually wind up a bit cheaper for you. Good luck :)
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Damiana Damiana
You might want to checkout the Dead Robots' Society forums there are likely to be a few people who have used the services on that forum I am not a big poetry fan but like dragons, Did you say you have a free ebook or are considering one?
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Blythe Blythe
If you need to produce these in small quantities or on demand and you are trying to keep the cost down, you might consider printing it yourself using a high quality color laser printer. For binding, you might want to consider wire binding or coil binding as a less expensive alternative. See this video from Copy Finishing Systems that shows various types of popular book binding methods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAJ8CI-4GVg Other do-it-yourself options include tape binding and hard cover tabletop binders. See this link for info regarding this process http://www.binderpro.com/CustomSupplies.html
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Blythe Originally Answered: how do i get my book published?
... okay, let's take this from the top. First of all, you shouldn't even be thinking about publishing right now. You should be writing. In all actuality, you will probably never finish this book. I'm not saying this because of anything about you, I am saying this because a ton of people plan on writing a book and then give up after a few weeks. So yeah. Don't worry about publishing right now. Now, let's say you DO finish writing your book. You do not send it to a professional editor... you edit it yourself. Many times. You look through the whole thing, not only for grammar and spelling errors, but also for inconsistencies in plot and character. There is a saying, "writing is rewriting" and it's true. By the time you finish edits, you will probably have rewritten your book several times. You may also want to ask a friend or family member who you know won't have a problem telling you when you're doing something stupid to take a look at it and give you feedback. After you have edited it several times, you then start the process of querying an agent. Basically, you send a letter explaining a little about yourself and your book to various agents. Most of them say no or just don't reply. If you are very lucky, one will respond that they would like to look at your manuscript. If you are very, very lucky, they will accept your manuscript and agree to represent you. During this step, you should keep in mind that a good agent will NOT ask you for a ton of money before you are published. They get a cut of what you are paid when the manuscript is accepted by a publisher- you should not have to pay out of pocket. After you are accepted, the agent will go to various publishers and hopefully one of them will be interested and agree to publish. THIS is the point that a professional editor will help you out. He or she will be provided by the publishing company, and they will go through your book and help you to make many more changes as needed. While this is going on, the publisher will also work on marketing, cover design, and title selection (authors often don't get to keep the title they pick for their book). Then the book will be published. You can, of course, also go through self-publishing, if you don't really care about actually selling your book and just want to have a copy of it printed. In general, self publishing is very unlikely to sell many copies of your book. On the plus side, you have complete creative control and you can be pretty much certain that you can get it published, since you will be paying to do so yourself. For the question on patent... you do not patent a book. Patent refers to inventions. You copyright a book. A book is copyrighted from the moment it is written. However, if you want to register your copyright, you do so through the U.S. copyright office (unless you are from another country, in which case you would go through your nations copyright office). More information can be found here: http://www.copyright.gov/. Check out the FAQ for any questions you have about what is protected by copyright and what that means. Finally... the phrase is "quote unquote" and it's usually only used when you're speaking. In writing, the same thing can be shown by actually putting quotes around the phrase (as you did, with "bucket list"). When you're speaking, you can't really use quotes (unless you use air bunnies) without saying so. And the phrase is meant to refer to things somewhat sarcastically. Just so you know... (sorry for nitpicking, but misused phrases are one of my pet peeves!)

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