I was originally going to publish my book with a small publisher, until some complications arose. So now I will be self publishing. I am curious, after looking at several online distributors I am not sure which would be the best option to go with for proper exposure. Has anyone worked with Lulu, Publisher Services, and others like them. Are these packages worth it? I want the book to be available to as many outlets as I can.
I have published four books with Lulu. If you are looking to go with one company, Lulu is a good choice, because you can publish both a print book and an ebook with them. Though, I wouldn't purchase any of their packages (for editing, marketing, etc.), because the packages are expensive, but it's like that with any publisher/distributor. I can possibly help you with editing and formatting your book. If you would like to talk about that further, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck with choosing a publisher!
I have experience with both Createspace and Lulu. There are pros and cons with each. However both are terrific options. When it comes to Createspace, they are simple , straightforward and very quick. I place my order for a proof and get it two days later ( I am located in SC however so your experience may vary somewhat). Lulu is not quite as easy to use as Createspace- in my opinion- and not quite as cheap, but their cover creator his head and shoulders better. I agree with Christine, I wouldn't shell out the money for any of the overpriced packages. Just keep it simple and I'm sure you will be happy with either of these two companies.
HI CB, I like Lulu too. They are user-friendly and my book was available at Amazon about 4 weeks after I approved it for wide distribution -- sooner than the 6-8 weeks mentioned on their website :-) I didn't use any of their packages though, as I had an independent proofreader.
Good luck and congratulations!! :)
we did the big publisher for a year and found that all the services that we paid to have done was sent to Lightning Source and now we go ritht to them and get the same thing and save big.... https://www1.lightningsource.com/
check out my group if you will be on iBook?
I am looking to get iPad / iPod owners and authors so I just set up a new group.
Apple gives publishers 50 free Promotional Codes for each book to help the Author get reviews and this group was created as a place for Authors and Publishers to post books looking for Apple owners to do reviews and as a place for Apple owners to find IBooks to read and review. To keep this group going I ask only that you do not ask for a download code if you are not willing to provide the author feedback in the form of a review.
To kick off the new group APPLE IBOOKS AND REVIEWS I have set the price for V.J.O. Gardner’s book JOURNEY HOME TO A NEW WORLD so anyone can download it and post a review for FREE, this is only until the end of the year. After that it will go back to the regular price.
Thank you all so much I am grateful for such a good site where I can get help with these decisions.
I am with Funderstanding.com - we are a new publisher of education books for kids and adults.
In setting up our publishing offer, we spent a lot of time looking at self publishers and small publishers. One of the best resources I found is a book called The Fine Print of Self Publishing. It provides reviews of the different options and gets into good detail on things like contracts.
Telemachus.com seems to have an interesting offer if you are able to pay the costs to publishing and also handle your own marketing.
Do with that as you wish!
I have two books published with Lulu. They are extremely easy to use and provide templates for just about everything to make sure it's formatted correctly. I did not purchase any of their packages such as cover design, marketing, or anything else really simply because I design my own covers and cannot afford any of their other marketing stuff. I have yet to figure out how to make my books available on Amazon (hard copy) without buying one of their packages. So for now people can only buy kindle versions of my book on Amazon and I also have a Nook version. But if someone wants an actual hard copy of the book, they have to go to the Lulu site to get it. That sucks and I could probably get more sales if I could figure out how to make the hard copy available on Amazon without having to purchase a Lulu marketing package.
I will say that if you get the ISBN number through them it is a tiny bit cheaper than doing it yourself elsewhere. (Only a couple of dollars though.)
Hope this helps.
I SELF PUBLISHED WITH BLURB.COM THEY HAVE A VERY NICE PROGRAM, JUST RECIEVED A HARD COPY OF MY BOOK DRACULA'S RING TRILOGY#1 AND THE BOOK CAME OUT PROFESSIONALY AND THEY ALSO CAN GET YOU GREAT EXPOSURE. THEY ALL KINDS OF TOOLS
I'm published with KDP as well as with Bookbaby.com
KDP is great if you have no money, but i Bookbaby is awesome otherwise. They have so many options available to authors and you keep 100% royalties. I swear by them.
Your book will be sold to just about every ebook outlet, but like i said, there are so many options on that site, it wouldn't hurt to check them out.