I realize I am new here, I need serious help. I published A Dream in the Night in ebook through smashwords. I want to finish the dream and have it in print. I have a word version ready.
I checked out lulu, and after reading a few posts in the forums, decided against it. I heard about Createspace through here. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much! :)
Looks like they have a nice breakdown of prices here..
I also found a good discussion below:
Thank you for the reply and infomation. It was very helpful. Feel like a complete beginner in this area.
I published my 1st book through Createspace and was very pleased with their prices and service. I would highly recommend them. They will pretty much walk you step by step through the process.
I agree with the comments below. At first I was using Lulu, until I got to the minimum price listing for my title; 19 bucks! Turns out, Lulu uses a paper much more expensive (albeit much heavier and nicer) than what Createspace uses. The result was a minimum listing price that was about five dollars more expensive than that on Createspace. I didn't feel comfortable asking people to shell out 19 dollars for a 350 page paperback by an unknown author. So, I switched to Createspace, where I was able to get the price down to 14 dollars. Yes, the paper is lighter and not as high quality, but it is the standard "Publisher grade" paper that all major publishers use for paper back novels. Unfortunately, if Lulu doesn't offer this cheaper grade of paper soon, they will not be able to compete in the market. I brought this to the attention of the Lulu staff, but they seemed pretty indifferent. Oh well.
As far as the ease of publishing goes, the two companies were pretty much identical. Neither had a real advantage over the other. But the cost thing I mentioned above was very apparent and is critical to an author's success. The lower you can get your printing costs, the lower price you can list your book, and the more competitive your title will be. Hope this helps. =)
- Andrew Seaward
Stacey and Andrew,
Thank you so much for taking the time to help. With the information I received here, I will go with Createspace. My book is poetry and I want to keep the price as low as possible.
I have published six books. I don't think there is any major cost, if you can do formatting and cover yourself. There is free help with cover designs.
i used Mark Coker's book for the e-book formatting. I originally did it in Word 2010. The cover is not perfect, but and original. That is not a problem.