Justin Sheedy will be at WriteFest this year offering an in-depth exploration of DIY publishing.
You’ve screamed, sweated and cried for months, or even years. The voices in your head have finally disappeared, at least for the time being. That stack of pages (even if it is on a hard drive), is finally a manuscript.
You’ve pored over your words for what seems a hundred or more times, sent your baby out to others to read and give feedback, you’ve revised and edited, and now it’s the best you can make it. Time to publish. Get it out there and into people hands. Start raking in that longed for fortune.
One question – How?
You’ve probably noticed, or even looked into, publishing businesses who promise to get your books into all the stores, right? The type of business wanting thousands of dollars to begin the publishing process. Surely getting your novel to your readers isn’t that hard (or easy), is it?
The answer is simple. No, it’s not. You’ve been in control of this novel all the way. Why hand it over to strangers now, especially strangers full of promises who want a bucket load of your money.
No. You can publish your book, yourself. All you have to do is follow some instructions.
You can do that, right?
Of course, you can. You’ve written a book. Hundreds of pages. You can do anything. Believe in yourself. That’s the power of being an Author.
No matter who you decide to go with, the first thing to do is purchase you own ISBN (International Standard Book Number), in Australia, through Thorpe-Bowker (https://www.myidentifiers.com.au)
I have used both IngramSpark (Lightning Source) and CreateSpace (Amazon), and can recommend both. Each has pros and cons, so you’ll need to get onto their websites to really look into the workings of each, but here’s some useful info I’ve picked up.
IngramSpark. (Lightning Source®)
Ingram is the world’s largest wholesaler of print and electronic books distributing to more than 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools, and distribution partners across 195 countries. Since 1997 Ingram has been offering print on demand services through Lightning Source®.
IngramSpark does charge a setup fee. It’s not a lot of money, certainly not thousands of dollars. Their website http://www.ingramspark.com/ has calculators to help you set the price of your book, and find out how much you will make in royalty sales.
They also have ready-made templates to help you create a book cover. You can either design your own using the template, or send the template to your cover designer.
IngramSpark publishes world-wide, and your novel will be included in their marketing catalogue, which goes out to over 11,000 resellers.
The beauty of choosing IngramSpark is that, when you sell a book internationally, you can have it printed and posted in the country of purchase, direct to your customer.
This saves you the cost and time of having to post a book.
And your happy buyer has your novel almost immediately.
CreateSpace has been a part of the Amazon giant since 2007, publishing and manufacturing on-demand for independent content creators, publishers, film studios, and music labels. (https://www.createspace.com).
CreateSpace does not charge a setup fee and has an easy step-by-step guide to help you construct your book. They will also give you a free ISBN number, which can only be used on CreateSpace.
If you have any questions, a forum exists to give you answers.
(Hint. Google is also your friend)
CreateSpace has ready-made formatted Word template files you can copy and paste the interior of your book into. They also have a Cover Creator you can use.
Remember to READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
You can sell your book through CreateSpace by setting up a store.
Certain distribution disadvantages exist, especially for books in hard copy rather than digital, if you use CreateSpace.
CreateSpace/Amazon cannot make Royalty payments to Australian Banks. You will have to set up a Payoneer Account to be paid for any books you may sell.
If you wish to have books on hand to send to customers in Australia, you will have to order and have them sent to you. While you will only pay the wholesale cost for your books, postage costs from the US can be expensive.
You can order and send books internationally through Amazon/Createspace, but bookstores usually do not order books from Amazon/Createspace.
All it takes is a little time and effort to print your own books.
In Australia I generally choose IngramSpark for ease of distributing my novels internationally
While publishing may seem confusing, if you read the instructions, you’ll be all right.
~ J. L. Addicoat
The author of Spirit of Love and Entangled Destinies.