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Pete Marchesi

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This Is My Question
Posted: Jul 29, 2017 9:22 PM
 
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I want to publish my own books. I just contacted Barnes and Noble. I will pay the expense. They gave me some weak excuse. Does anyone know the costs...?

No. I want to publish my paperbacks myself and put them I stores...

Edited by: Pete Marchesi on Jul 30, 2017 6:06 AM
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Jul 29, 2017 10:00 PM   in response to: Pete Marchesi in response to: Pete Marchesi
 
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Createspace, dude. Createspace.
P.M. Laidlow

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Jul 30, 2017 3:29 AM   in response to: Pete Marchesi in response to: Pete Marchesi
 
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If you read the information B&N provides, you will see "FREE. No Cost Self-Publishing. With no production costs and low fees for special orders, creating your print book is easy and free."

https://print.nookpress.com

This is a do-it-yourself project. If you want someone to format your interior and cover for you, you'll have to go elsewhere, and fees for those services will vary.

Edit: And if you want to publish ebooks rather than print, as I perhaps erroneously assumed, that's also free if you do everything yourself. Finding and paying for outside help is your own responsibility. B&N, Amazon, et al. are stores, not publishers. They don't oversee production for you.
Notjohn

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Jul 30, 2017 4:10 AM   in response to: Pete Marchesi in response to: Pete Marchesi
 
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If you are talking about ebooks, I'd start with right here. Amazon sells a majority of all ebooks, and the vast majority of self-published ebooks. There is no cost for this service. For other markets, notably Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo, you should probably use an aggregator like Draft2Digital.

If you are talking about print editions, you should start with CreateSpace. Again, there is no charge for the service, though you should think about professional editing and cover design. I'm not familiar with B&N paperbacks -- didn't even know they offered the service -- but if it's as bad as KDP Print, I'd stay away from it. As for KDP Print:

KDP Print Beta was rolled out at the end of September last year. The process was buggy, and it seems to remain so to this day. The quality of the books that actually go on sale is rather low, as you can see by doing a search on Amazon for Independently published

Its sole advantage is that the author-publisher gets to see his or her paperback sales on the same page as the Kindle sales. But really, how big an advantage is that? How many seconds does it take, really, to check one's sales on Createspace--ten seconds, thirty seconds?

In exchange, you get that buggy publishing process, no physical proof copy, no discounted author copies for gift or resale, and no distribution to Barnes & Noble or to brick-and-mortar bookstores. (Most small bookstores will, as a favor to a customer and perhaps a small surcharge, order a Createspace or IngramSpark paperback.) If you don't live in the US, the proof copy and author's copies won't be as attractive, because of high shipping costs, but still....

My advice is to stick with CreateSpace with its excellent cover wizard, helpful community forum, and direct-to-author discounted sales. (If you don't live in the US, the physical proof copy and discounted author copies will be less attractive to you.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

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Esoterica Jones

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Jul 30, 2017 7:23 AM   in response to: Pete Marchesi in response to: Pete Marchesi
 
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Here are a few good articles to help you understand what you're up against. You know that you can simply google questions like this, right? Not to mention that if you don't go with print on demand, you'll need more publishing equipment than the average person can afford.

https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/03/5-guaranteed-ways-to-get-your-book-into-bookstores/

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/68467-how-to-get-self-published-books-into-stores-and-libraries.html
joe castagno

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Aug 1, 2017 1:37 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
If you are talking about print editions, you should start with CreateSpace. Again, there is no charge for the service, though you should think about professional editing and cover design. I'm not familiar with B&N paperbacks -- didn't even know they offered the service -- but if it's as bad as KDP Print, I'd stay away from it. As for KDP Print:

KDP Print Beta was rolled out at the end of September last year. The process was buggy, and it seems to remain so to this day. The quality of the books that actually go on sale is rather low, as you can see by doing a search on Amazon for Independently published

Its sole advantage is that the author-publisher gets to see his or her paperback sales on the same page as the Kindle sales. But really, how big an advantage is that? How many seconds does it take, really, to check one's sales on Createspace--ten seconds, thirty seconds?

In exchange, you get that buggy publishing process, no physical proof copy, no discounted author copies for gift or resale, and no distribution to Barnes & Noble or to brick-and-mortar bookstores. (Most small bookstores will, as a favor to a customer and perhaps a small surcharge, order a Createspace or IngramSpark paperback.) If you don't live in the US, the proof copy and author's copies won't be as attractive, because of high shipping costs, but still....

My advice is to stick with CreateSpace with its excellent cover wizard, helpful community forum, and direct-to-author discounted sales. (If you don't live in the US, the physical proof copy and discounted author copies will be less attractive to you.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com


I made the serious mistake of going with KDP paperback publishing with my second book... did the first one on CreateSpace and couldn't be happier... pushed the easy button the second one - really really unhappy and the physical quality of the book seems significantly diminished and the price point is higher. Wishing I could move my second one to CreateSpace and ditch KDP

Joe
Pete Marchesi

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Sep 8, 2017 3:56 PM   in response to: Pete Marchesi in response to: Pete Marchesi
 
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Thank you.
Emily Veinglory

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Re: This Is My Question
Posted: Sep 8, 2017 6:59 PM   in response to: Pete Marchesi in response to: Pete Marchesi
 
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If you mean putting them in physical stores there is no fee for that, their "excuse" was probably them trying to explain that your question makes no sense. If your book is available for them to order, stores that think they can sell copies will order it. But I mean available in the standard B & N ordering system, and most POD books, including Createspace and KDP Print do not appear there.
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