Vanity publishers, POD publishing and package deals.
Vanity publishers, POD publishing and package deals. Read all details before committing to work with any printer, print-on-demand service, or publisher. Do not sign any contract unless you thoroughly understand it. Our suggestion is to not sign away your rights. You may wish to consult your own attorney.
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How much does 1 to 50 or so books really cost?
Authors can print a handful of books but watch out for the package deals as you may end up paying thousands of dollars for very few books. Some providers have package deals, and they may also sell services a la carte. These are often services that are not really services at all, or you can buy them yourself for a lot less.
Package deal services may include things such as: “printing” which for a few books is invariably not printing on press. Instead, it is outputting your file on a digital output device like a higher-end desktop printer. The package may include a variety of services. Some may include manuscript evaluation, royalties, cover lamination, availability to bookstores, author support, a press release, and more.
Do you get only royalties?
Are they saying that a royalty is all of the profit, or is it a lot less because you are getting paid a modest royalty minus additional services costs?
If one of the top big 5 publishers wants to publish your book and pay royalties, now that is something to consider. But, if you come across a package deal, be wary. Consider going to a straight print-on-demand provider, a local copy office, print shop, or Star Print Brokers.
You can publish your book yourself for a lot less than most package deals or vanity publishers charge. If an author is going to print only a few books, they can also output a few books at a print shop or copy center. When you are ready for truly high-quality books, print with Star Print Brokers. We provide the highest quality books anywhere. Sell on Amazon because they have the most web traffic anywhere.
“Distribution” is not getting your book into brick and mortar bookstores with package deals. All you get is availability, which you have anyway when you buy your own ISBN and barcode.
Why? If you buy an ISBN and barcode at ISBN.org, you are the publisher of your book and retain all profit. If anyone offers you a free ISBN and barcode, they will become the publisher and you will receive only royalties.
When you buy an ISBN at ISBN.org, you will receive a Publisher Record Number which identifies your account with your specific account number. You can access this account.
Think about it. One ISBN and barcode costs around $150. Why would a publisher pay that much if they weren’t going to make it back, or charge more for it in their package deal?
Star Print Brokers can also sell one ISBN and barcode because we are an authorized agent of ISBN. But, we also provide you with your own Publisher Record Number as supplied by ISBN. If you do not get an account number at ISBN, you are probably not the publisher of your book.