How To Get Started With Your Book
Printing your own publication is easy.
Binding stylesPerfect BindingSaddle Stitched bookletsColor Plastic Coil BindingHard Cover or Case bound books
Alta Graphics offers a wide range of book binding alternatives ensuring that regardless of your books size, we can provide a professionally bound finished product. The industry standard is Perfect Bound Soft Cover. For books with smaller page counts, saddle stitching is another popular option. We also offer color coil binding and hard cover "case binding" which has advantages for certain books.
While we can produce other custom sizes, the standard sizes we offer are designed to minimize waste and cost per page by taking advantage of all of the paper.
While we can print on most papers, there are several that are commonly used for book printing. The vast majority of books are printed on uncoated or non glossy paper. Coffee Table books or art books are usually printed on Glossy or Coated paper which makes the pictures look photographic. Depending on the nature of your book, you may want to consider using a coated paper if you have lots of photographs. We also offer “Dull” or Matt coated stock which has less glare but looks and feels better than traditional uncoated stocks.Black & White PagesColor Pages
While covers are almost always printed in full color on the outside, the inside pages can be done either as all color, all Black & White or some combination where a section may be in one or the other. If a book has an entire section that is different from the rest of the book (for example a color section in a black & white book) it can be priced based on the total number of color pages plus the total number of black & white pages using our pricing calculator. If however the pages are not together in a section but are interspersed throughout the book, it will probably need to be priced as all color. Contact customer service for assistance in seeing how we can handle your specific project if it has a mix of color pages throughout the book.
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- Getting Started with Self Publishing
- Doing the Page Layout for your Self Published Book
- Marketing "Musts" for Your Self-Published Book, Part 1: Build a Website
- Editing your Self Published Book
- Tips for Designing Your Winning Book Cover
- So You Want to Self-Publish Your Book? 9 Tips to Get You Started
Designing Your Book
We can work with your book printing project regardless of whether it is in a final “ready for print” format or if you only have basic text. ANY change requires multiple steps and will incur additional costs as shown below. We offer design services for designing an inside layout or a professional book cover.
We will credit your book order to help cover design services at 10% of your total printing cost up to a total of $250. Simply select the design service you need and we will do the rest!
PDF Prep $79
Basic Layout $179
Custom Layout $299
This is a custom layout service that includes custom headers and footers or the usage of multiple type styles. Package includes up to 20 interior images with additional images can be added. This service includes one revision. You will receive a final PDF file of your book contents.
Cover Prep $99
Basic Cover $149
Custom Cover $299 and up
This package is for designs requiring multiple photos or photo retouching and composition. Price starts at $299 but based on complexity of authors design or need for multiple concepts must be custom quoted.
Self publishing is an easy way to get your book published giving you complete control over all the steps in the process. This allows you to control all aspects from design, production, distribution and profit. It also means you are responsible for each of these steps requiring more work from you.
Many successful authors have used self publishing as the preferred way to get there books printed including; Deepak Chopra, Tom Peters, D.H Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, Carl Sandburg among many others. Many authors have started by self-publishing there work and then are in a position to negotiate with a publisher from a position of greater strength. So lets look at the steps in getting your book published!
Here is a summary of the steps to self-publish your book:
Edit your manuscript so that it is completely checked for spelling, and grammatical errors. Consider using an outside editorial service to either do a basic Mechanical edit to catch technical problems with grammer and sentence construction or a more comprehensive or Substantive edit to get suggestions on structural changes that could improve readability.
Have the final book laid out using a page layout program to get proper margins, headers and footers and the proper choices of type styles. If you need to do this yourself in MS Word, you will need to create a PDF from the final file to “lock” the layout and prevent changes when moving to another computer.
Create a cover design that will help sell the book. This is one area where professional help from a graphic designer should be used. The overall cost is low relative to the total investment you will be making in your book and having a poorly designed cover will affect the success of the project.
Remember “you can’t judge a book by its cover” but that’s the normal place to start.
Get an ISBN number for your book. This makes you the registered publisher of the book forever. The only US agent that distributes ISBN numbers is Bowkers.com. If you are offered an ISBN number for “free” by a printing or self publishing service, they will be the publisher of your book and orders for your book will go through them. Consider getting a package with additional ISBN numbers as each version of your book (an e-book version for example) requires its own number.
Place your initial order of books for enough copies to complete a successful launch. While we can produce as few as 10 books, the price goes down considerably as the quantity increases. Most people start with 100 – 200 copies but you can order and reorder as required. Because your book is being produced digitally, you can usually reorder in about 48 hours.
Develop a marketing plan for your book. This is a topic of additional blog articles and is a constantly evolving area. The techniques that are usually used include; a website and/or Facebook page for the book, Book Signing events, press releases, Podcasts and blogs with posts related to your books topics. Consider purchasing John Kremer’s 1001 Ways to Market Your Book which as the title says, has many ideas.
Think you are done? Many successful authors do not stop with their first book. Having multiple titles gives additional credibility to you as an author and frequently an authors second or third title is the one that becomes successful.
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