A Sneak Peek to the Indie Publishing Process
Print-on-Demand (POD) publishing has revolutionized the book publishing process. What is Print-on-Demand anyway? First and foremost, it eliminates the need of having to print hundreds of copies of your book only to store them in your garage, leaving them to collect dust.
With POD publishing, you can have your book printed and order as many as you need at a time. You will be able to fulfill orders as they come. Plus, some POD publishers provide the added benefit of selling your book on online bookstores, so you can let the Internet do the selling (along with some marketing from you, of course). No more touring the whole country with a bunch of books in your car’s trunk. It makes publishing and distribution much easier!
Still, Print-on-Demand publishing translates to self-publishing—a concept that many authors are still wary about. It’s true that self-publishing involves risks, but it’s also true that it delivers rewards. However, it is still best to get to know the self-publishing process step-by-step before you make your decision.
If you’re on the fence about going the POD way, consider these advantages:
- It eliminates the need to directly handle orders. You don’t have to be your own bookstore.
- You can order as few as one book at a time. It can be your own personal copy or you can print a few for family and friends.
- Save Mother Earth. POD is eco-friendly because there’s no need to transport and store hundreds or thousands of printed copies of books. Think of all the sheets of paper you can save.
- Upfront costs are much lower than batch printing, making publishing more accessible to anyone who aspires to be an author.
These are just a few pros, but they’re very important advantages that can outweigh the cons.
As technology changes, so will our ways of life. Make the most of these new publishing schemes, such as the Print-on-Demand technology, to enjoy perks and benefits authors of days past could only dream of.
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