Research print shops- get a quote

18 Nov

The next thing you should be doing if you are going to self publish is to call at least 4 print companies to see how much they charge to print out either hardcover or paperback books.  They will want to know information like how many pages which is very important.  It will always be in an even number; so they only print in 10, 12, 14, 16, etc.  They will want to know if the cover will be in gloss and how thick you want it.  My advice is go with the 300 for the cover and make it a gloss.  I think this will be best for a children’s book.  The key to self publishing is to make it look as professional as it can.  Another tip is to grab a few children’s books that are successful in sales, and that are often read in schools or in libraries.  Then, you can simulate the layout.

Don’t be afraid to go outside your county.  Often smaller counties are less expensive.  I am all about helping local businesses so try them first.  The one local to me couldn’t supply us what we were asking for, plus I found a cheaper company that prints great quality outside of London.

Make sure you ask your companies to send you an example of their work.  When you receive the sample in the post you will know if it’s what you are looking for.

Next, the more books you order the less it will cost per book.  Therefore, the more books I order the less the cost will be per book.  an instant profit!


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