Print-on-Demand Formatting and Setup

The world of publishing a book in print has never been easier thanks to print on demand. The beauty of Print on Demand (POD) is that books are not printed until an order is placed. And the order gets sent directly from Amazon to the printer who fulfills the order on your behalf! Thanks to POD, you never have to ship a single book!

Please note: If you have hired us to assist you with your POD edition, please review this page before completing the POD Questionnaire.

What additional work is required to setup your book for sale in print? If we did your eBook, it’s a matter of laying out your book in a print-friendly format (we prefer to use MS Word) and taking into account items such as:

  • Headers
  • Footers
  • Page #’s
  • Margins/Gutter
  • Print-ready cover (back cover + spine)
  • Sending you a printed proof
  • Setting it up for distribution and sale

Our recommendations on dimensions, paper color, and matte vs. glossy covers:

Dimensions

To keep your costs down, we recommend you go with a standard trim size that will enable you to work with the largest number of print-on-demand printers.  We almost always recommend 6 x 9 or 5.5 x 8.5. We’ll take into account the length of your book when we make our recommendation. Note that if you plan to use CreateSpace, and cream colored paper (discussed below), then the dimensions for your book will be limited to these trim sizes: 5″ x 8″, 5.25″ x 8″, 5.5″ x 8.5″, or 6″ x 9″.

Covers

Gloss Finish vs. Matte Finish. All printers support a gloss finish and most now support matte as well.  Here are some comments on each.  My recommendation is to go with Matte because it sets your book apart… most books are glossy, and if yours is glossy too, it doesn’t stand out as much. Also, I personally like the feel of matte in my hands better.

Glossy Cover

  • Shiny finish gives artwork a more striking and detailed look
  • Light reflects off the cover from all angles
  • Blacks are richer and darker
  • Often preferred for textbooks, children’s books, and non-fiction

Matte Cover

  • Minimal sheen for a more muted look
  • Impact is more subtle, sometimes considered more polished
  • Blacks are slightly more pale
  • Often preferred for novels and other fiction titles

Paper Color

Unless your book has images in it, we will always recommend creme/cream colored paper. It’s easier on the eyes and helps you avoid the look of a ‘self-published’ book. If you look at the majority of books in bookstores, they all have creme paper.  The exception is if your book has images. Images tend to get washed out on creme colored paper, so we’ll recommend white paper if your book has images – white makes images stand out better! Usually, there is no difference in price between white & creme. If there is a difference in price, it’s usually very small and truly shouldn’t weigh into your decision.

Please keep in mind: It’s not always possible to change paper color or cover type after you’ve published it, unless you change your ISBN #, and I would advise you to avoid having multiple ISBNs for the same book.  The whole reason we recommend you order a printed proof is so you can see the difference first hand.

Once you’ve received and approved your printed proof, then we will set it up for sale and worldwide distribution on your account. As the publisher on record, you will get paid directly by the distributor.

When you need to order books, you will order them directly from the printer we set you up with – it’s all done online and you can expect to pay about $2.75/book for a 100 page book. The beauty of POD is that you only order what you need. Typical order turn around is 1-2 weeks depending on the backlog at the printer. At certain times of the year, order lead-times can be as long as 2-3 weeks (long lead times are not uncommon from July-August, and December-January).

We prefer to layout your book using Microsoft Word because you’ll get a file back a ‘master source file’ that you can continue to edit as needed (since many books are really never ever truly finished).

To keep costs down, we will offer you the option to choose from one of several different design templates (see below) that we’ll use to format your book-in-print. Customization outside of what is inherent to these designs will require additional time (& thus cost).

The cost for print-on-demand formatting varies depending on the complexity of the work, but a good rule of thumb is that the print layout will generally cost 2x what the eBook edition cost. So if you paid $300 for the formatting/layout of your eBook, you can expect the print layout to run approx. $600. This is because it typically takes us twice as long to do the layout for print.

Hardcover vs. Paperback

You can also setup your book in hardcover, which may be preferred for book signings and gifts.  The cost to print hard back is typically 3x the cost to print paperback and it does require a separate ISBN.  There are also fewer options on book size, but if a hardcover print-on-demand is what you need, we can assist as well!

Lucky

lucky

Game

game

Bear

bear

Pullman

Ghostwalker

ghostwalker

Smoking

Breath

Biloxi

Bing

bing

Invasion

invasion

Table of contents (Included with all books)

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Clients: When you are ready to proceed, please click below to complete the questionnaire:

POD Questionnaire

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