Printing

The Fire Kiss

Selection of a printing vendor must be finalized before the interior and cover designs are started because each vendor has its own specifications for final file delivery. All expenses will be paid by you directly to any vendors.

Traditional printing or
print on demand?

You can print hundreds (or even thousands) of books at a traditional offset printing company, which will result in a lower per-book printing price; however, if that’s not in your budget or you don’t need many copies at one time, there is another option. With print-on-demand (POD), you never again have to face unsold boxes of books!

CreateSpace (an Amazon company)

Here are some benefits of using CreateSpace (our recommended POD vendor for the softcover option).

The retail price of your self-published books will be dependent upon the list price that you set, the trim size, and the number of pages (see Member Order Calculator). Orders for your own books will not result in royalty payments.

Anyone who wants to purchase your book can order one or more from either Amazon,com or from a free web page, which is dedicated to your book. When they order your book from this free web page, which you can link to your website or any e-mail, you receive a higher royalty than if someone ordered it from Amazon. Royalties are deposited to your bank account or mailed by paper check.

CreateSpace does not charge for updating content. If you want to make corrections to your book (cover or interior), you may do so as often as you wish. Once we upload the newly updated files to CreateSpace, the latest version of your book will be printed thereafter.

There is no need to establish your own publishing company.

CreateSpace offers a free ISBN (not advised if you want to be listed as the publisher of record). (See our Publishing page for more information.)

You do not have to fulfill orders yourself. CreateSpace receives the orders, prints the books, ships them to the purchasers, and sends you the royalties.

Since CreateSpace takes credit card orders, you do not have to have merchant software on your website.

Working with the printing vendor

Whatever printing vendor you select, you will pay them directly for their products and services.

If you would like us to handle the interactions on your behalf or help you through the process, we will charge an hourly consulting fee to do so. These services include the following tasks:

• Set up the printing vendor account.

• Select a BISAC category.

• Obtain a Library of Congress number. (See our Publishing page for more information.)

• Obtain ISBNs for both print and e-book formats. (See our Publishing page for more information.)

• Check the Amazon listing.

• Teach you how to manage the printing vendor's account, including ordering your own books.