Best route for Self-Publication?

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  1. Keith Ham profile image60
    Keith Hamposted 7 years ago

    Best route for Self-Publication?

    I'm aware of, and love, options such as Lulu. I like printing on demand services and am almost at the point of addiction (aha). I'm wondering if perhaps there is a better place where I could produce something along the lines of Gilded covers and leatherbound editions. Any helpful hubbers out there who can point me that direction?

  2. Perspycacious profile image77
    Perspycaciousposted 7 years ago

    All the vanity publishers will give you any kind of finished product you want as to illustrations, binding, quantity, editing etc.  Some names are xlibris, Vantage, and the periodic ads you will find attached to some of your own published Hubs.  Be careful, many who go the vanity publisher route end up with a dusty stack of their own books in the corner of their garage.  There is a book on self-publishing (probably one of many on the topic) entitled "The Self-Publishing Manual" by Dan Poynter (a prolific self-publisher)  My copy was the "Completely Revised" 5th Edition of 415 pages.  It's cost was then $19.95 and mine was a "Reviewer's Copy" (free).  The best part?  It has tips on how to sell everything you self-publish.

    1. Keith Ham profile image60
      Keith Hamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I might check out that book, thanks for replying! I've heard of Vanity Publishers before, but I know a lot of them are 'no-go' territory because of some being completely false.

  3. Jlbowden profile image88
    Jlbowdenposted 7 years ago

    I see you are familiar with Lulu, which I am also somewhat familiar with, by direction of a friend here on hubpages.  I recently came across another website and self publishing platform that you may also find useful to you.  It is  Check it out, you may find this even a bit more useful than even lulu.  Good luck with your future publishing endeavours.


    1. Keith Ham profile image60
      Keith Hamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, I'll check it out.

  4. Author Cheryl profile image85
    Author Cherylposted 7 years ago

    Go to publish america they dont charge you to publish.  Why pay to publish your books.  They usually publish any and all material.  Then you can buy your books at a reasonable discount if you want to sell them yourself for full price.

    1. Keith Ham profile image60
      Keith Hamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm, I've never heard of them! I'll have to see what they are all about!

  5. dashingscorpio profile image85
    dashingscorpioposted 7 years ago

    I chose to go with Create Space. They are part of Amazon. My experience with them was very good. Customer Service was outstanding throughout the process. Recently I wrote a hub regarding self-publishing mentioning Create Space, Amazon, and Kindle. … ingmindset

    1. Keith Ham profile image60
      Keith Hamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I will have to check them out, someone also mentioned them, seems like they might be a better choice.

  6. carol7777 profile image91
    carol7777posted 7 years ago

    I have gone two routes in publishing two books.  The first one was in the '90s, before internet marketing was really popular.  We had the book printer just publish the book with our camera ready book, cover and artwork.  It was very inexpensive.  I did all the marketing.. The book was a huge success.  The second one was with Morgan James.  It cost me a fortune, and the results were very poor.  Marketing a book today is a huge challenge. If you are a great marketer you can use all your computer skills and savvy.  Don't get taken in by the promises that professional book markets make.  It will cost a fortune...(from one who knows(

    1. thewritingowl profile image82
      thewritingowlposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good tips thanks. I haven't decided what to do yet so I am open to suggestions and will look at the sites mentioned.


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