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Mike

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Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 11:27 PM
 
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Hi there,

I am about to publish my first ebook and paperback. I have a few questions I was hoping I could get help with:

1. How long after someone purchases a print-on-demand title for it to be printed and ready to ship?

2. How do you personally order copies for family and friends? Do you buy them at full cost?...lower the price and then purchase?

3. How do you get yourself a proof copy before releasing it? I don't want to put it up until it's ready.

Here's my plan, although I don't know if it will work.

I'd like to order 50 copies before the release date of February 1st, so I can sell signed copies on my Facebook page via Paypal invoicing. I already have quite a few people who are interested in purchasing my book. I will also have a link on my FB page for the amazon listing, so they have two options to purchase them. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to do this.

Thanks so much for your help!

MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 11:49 PM   in response to: Mike in response to: Mike
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I'm assuming because of the way you wrote the date you are based in the US? If this is correct you should look at Createspace for the paperback. This will give you proof and author copies. You can use CS if you are in the UK but you will have to pay the shipping charges from the US. CS is an Amazon owned company.
The alternative is KDP Print which in a few places allows the author to buy copies but there doesn't seem to be any pattern to who can do this. This is because it is still a Beta system and not fully sorted out.
If you do decide to use KDP Print (I did) you can get copies yourself by dropping the price to the minimum, placing the order, then putting the price up again. If it's a brand new book the delay might be 4 or 5 days before they appear in my experience but this should drop to around 2 days once the book has been assimilated into the "system".
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Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 11:57 PM   in response to: MR R J LAIDLER in response to: MR R J LAIDLER
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Just to add -- those 50 family and friends will not be allowed to leave reviews, if that was part of your plan. Otherwise, yes, use CreateSpace.
bobperrett

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 12:50 AM   in response to: Mike in response to: Mike
 
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I once had a proof copy printed and dispatched in 2 hours 45 minutes via CreateSpace in the US. In the UK it can be anything up to 3 days to ship if someone buys a copy.
James Duggan

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 2:31 AM   in response to: Mike in response to: Mike
 
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Mike wrote:
Hi there,

I am about to publish my first ebook and paperback. I have a few questions I was hoping I could get help with:

1. How long after someone purchases a print-on-demand title for it to be printed and ready to ship?

2. How do you personally order copies for family and friends? Do you buy them at full cost?...lower the price and then purchase?

3. How do you get yourself a proof copy before releasing it? I don't want to put it up until it's ready.

Here's my plan, although I don't know if it will work.

I'd like to order 50 copies before the release date of February 1st, so I can sell signed copies on my Facebook page via Paypal invoicing. I already have quite a few people who are interested in purchasing my book. I will also have a link on my FB page for the amazon listing, so they have two options to purchase them. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to do this.

Thanks so much for your help!


Mike. Here's my experience, for what it's worth. (Assuming you're talking about paperbacks)

1. I'm in the UK and I have had books delivered to a customer within two days of ordering; amazing.

2. Using Creatspace you can get heavily discounted author copies, plus a useful saving on shipping costs for your 50. This is not available to KDP users - not yet anyway.

3. If you want a proof copy use Creatspace. Again this facility is not yet available to KDP users.

Finally, I don't want to come across as a cynical old curmudgeon, but don't trust promises of orders from friends and family. You may need to find storage for 49 books after your loved one has made a purchase. It rather depends on what you've written and who for whether you fulfill your expectations.

Good luck anyway.

Jim.
Notjohn

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 2:56 AM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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3. If you want a proof copy use Creatspace

Use CS anyway!

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Diana Persaud

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 5:30 AM   in response to: Mike in response to: Mike
 
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Mike wrote:
Hi there,

I am about to publish my first ebook and paperback. I have a few questions I was hoping I could get help with:

1. How long after someone purchases a print-on-demand title for it to be printed and ready to ship?

2. How do you personally order copies for family and friends? Do you buy them at full cost?...lower the price and then purchase?

3. How do you get yourself a proof copy before releasing it? I don't want to put it up until it's ready.

>
Here's my plan, although I don't know if it will work.

I'd like to order 50 copies before the release date of February 1st, so I can sell signed copies on my Facebook page via Paypal invoicing. I already have quite a few people who are interested in purchasing my book. I will also have a link on my FB page for the amazon listing, so they have two options to purchase them. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to do this.

>
Thanks so much for your help!

If you are in the US, use Create Space and plan accordingly:
-You need to have your book formatted. I use the CS template and it takes me about two days. I write in Scrivener and just copy paste into the CS template.

-You need to make sure your cover is the right dimension (that usually takes me a day or two to get it right).

-Once you submit the files, it can take them a day or three to approve your file. Then you can order a proof copy. Sometimes my proof arrives in three days, sometimes it takes a week. Depends on weather and how busy they are.

-Then once you receive your proof, examine it and make sure it's perfect. If it's not, then you need to repeat the above steps. I've only had to fix issues twice. Once it was my own formatting error. The other time their printer printed the text in a downward angle, rather than in a straight line across.

A word of advice: Don't order 50 copies to sell. Chances are, people say they want to buy it but won't. Keep a few handy if you really want to do the author signed copies but don't go crazy. Perhaps you can take orders ahead of time to gauge interest?

But it's your money and your business.

Edited by: Diana Persaud on Nov 29, 2017 5:31 AM

cdalebrittain

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 6:31 AM   in response to: Mike in response to: Mike
 
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You can't order copies until after the book is released. Unless you're saying that you are going to "announce" Feb. 1 as the official date, even though it's out earlier?
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 6:52 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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cdalebrittain wrote:
You can't order copies until after the book is released. Unless you're saying that you are going to "announce" Feb. 1 as the official date, even though it's out earlier?

Hmmm. Couldn't he order multiple proof copies? (Using CreateSpace.)
B.L. Alley

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Re: Aiming to publish February 1st, have a few questions
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:02 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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You can turn off distribution and still order copies yourself.
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