Maggie Magoffin Series

 

Today is the last installment in our series with guest author, Maggie Magoffin.

I am now working with a POD company Lulu in order to get print on demand copies and to get Dead Man Walking on Amazon as well as a number of other distribution points. The cost to do this with Lulu was $999. For that cost they would have also assigned ISBN numbers, created a website and developed my cover, but I’ve already done those things. If you use their ISBN numbers and you ever want to take your books back from them you will need to obtain your own numbers before you can publish with someone else. I feel it is worth my peace of mind to use my own numbers, especially considering they only cost me $25 each since I bought the 10 number package.

For information on rip-off self-publishing companies and recommendations for good self-publishing companies, check out www.clarkhoward.com and search for his articles on the subject. My husband listens to him on talk radio and he has self-published a number of books and has narrowed his choices down to about four he recommends.

I have heard great things about CreateSpace and they are ranked as one of the best self-publishing companies out there. However, in Brent Sampson’s book he advises there are advantages and disadvantages to working with them. The positive is CreateSpace’s close alliance with Amazon. Ironically, this is also CreateSpace’s biggest disadvantage. The only way to get a CreateSpace book distributed outside of Amazon, say onto Barnes & Noble’s competitive website, or any other book retailer’s website for that matter, is to absorb a staggering 60% trade discount on those outlets. That is 5% worse than the 55% you’re forced to pay through Amazon Advantage. Also the CreateSpace plan applies to Ingram. Ingram is the largest book wholesaler in the United States. Lulu distributes to all of these and the author receives 90% of the net revenue from Electronic print and 80% of the net revenue from printed material sales. Their net revenue is the amount remaining once Lulu’s manufacturing costs and markups for sales with distribution partners are subtracted from the money’s actually received for customer purchases based on gross selling price.

In Sell Your Book on Amazon, Brent recommends doing your homework before choosing an on-demand printer or publisher. Not all companies are the same and they each offer different advantages. You want to find a company that distributes through both Ingram and Baker & Taylor, one that lets you keep all rights to your book, and one that offers a non-exclusive contract.

I’ve spent a lot of verbiage discussing print-on-demand companies because I’ve learned you can spend a lot of money and get ripped off by the wrong self-publisher or POD company.  And I hope you find some little nugget in my verbabage that saves you making an expensive and heartbreaking commitment to the wrong organization.

(Donna here. For more information on Maggie’s book and to read her columns, click here. 

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