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Topic: Where to print a book?
Message: Posted by: RagnarzA (Feb 21, 2015 10:53AM)
HI, where is the best website to print your own book? thank you
Message: Posted by: 55Hudson (Feb 21, 2015 02:52PM)
In think you are asking the wrong people. Why don't you search out a writer's blog?

Hudson
Message: Posted by: RagnarzA (Feb 21, 2015 03:30PM)
Ok thank you
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 21, 2015 06:32PM)
Actually, I would recommend Amazon.com's own self-publishing platform, which is called CreateSpace. Just Google it for more info. Best of all, it's free!

I used it to self-publish my own novel, MAGIC: AN OCCULT THRILLER (check it out at Amazon.com!): http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Occult-Thriller-Reed-Hall/dp/1453874836
Message: Posted by: motown (Feb 21, 2015 11:33PM)
Here's one source:

https://www.lulu.com
Message: Posted by: RagnarzA (Feb 22, 2015 06:15AM)
Thanks guys :)
Message: Posted by: Tree (Feb 22, 2015 09:54AM)
I've published 7 through LuLu.
You will need to have a pdf creation program such as Adobe to be able to create the files for your cover and one file for the actual book.
People will ask what did I write about...well they are def not about magic for magi, my works are about the 100's of different plants used in Curandero work in the Peruvian Amazon . I'm a Botanist and Naturalist with a MS from ASU. Been living on and off in the Amazon and Andes for the last 20+yrs studying with different Curanderos and the river people on the Supay.
Message: Posted by: RagnarzA (Feb 22, 2015 12:23PM)
[quote]On Feb 22, 2015, Tree wrote:
I've published 7 through LuLu.
You will need to have a pdf creation program such as Adobe to be able to create the files for your cover and one file for the actual book.
People will ask what did I write about...well they are def not about magic for magi, my works are about the 100's of different plants used in Curandero work in the Peruvian Amazon . I'm a Botanist and Naturalist with a MS from ASU. Been living on and off in the Amazon and Andes for the last 20+yrs studying with different Curanderos and the river people on the Supay. [/quote]

thank you. what do you recommend: the standard paperback or premium paperback?
Message: Posted by: motown (Feb 23, 2015 09:45AM)
Here's another:

http://www.blurb.com/
Message: Posted by: RagnarzA (Feb 23, 2015 09:50AM)
[quote]On Feb 23, 2015, motown wrote:
Here's another:

http://www.blurb.com/ [/quote]
thank you
Message: Posted by: jmbulg (Jul 4, 2015 06:26AM)
[quote]On Feb 23, 2015, motown wrote:
Here's another:

http://www.blurb.com/ [/quote]


I used blurb up to now for holiday photos on high quality books and I'm quite happy. This is however much too expensive for magic books. Did someone try the cheaper printing versions ? What about the visibility or parallel ways to advertise the books ?


Thanks
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jul 4, 2015 08:31AM)
[quote]On Feb 22, 2015, motown wrote:
Here's one source:

https://www.lulu.com [/quote]

I have published 38 books on lulu -- only a couple on magic themes.

It is easy to do, but shipping cost of physical books can be a problem. Of course, you can allow an ebook version.

I am my own best customer for printed books as give-a-ways

The problem is marketing. I have never received a single sale as the result of lulu efforts.

The have expensive (for me) marketing programs and I can't speak to the success of those.

I have checked into Amazon but to requires a different format and my existing books will not translate.

I will try a new book there and see if the marketing results are better.
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Jul 5, 2015 01:22AM)
Depending on the size of your book, Lulu might not be your best option. For simple booklets, you could make use of Staples or Office Town. A 16 page (four sheets of paper) folded in half and stapled would run less than a dollar per booklet. I have a couple for shut-eyes on ESP related stuff that work great on my BOR table.

Also, if you have MS-Word, it will save your work as a PDF file.
Message: Posted by: Kabbalah (Jul 5, 2015 06:41AM)
[quote]On Jul 4, 2015, funsway wrote:

The problem is marketing. I have never received a single sale as the result of lulu efforts.

[/quote]

Perhaps no one is interested in your writings.
Message: Posted by: Zee (Jul 12, 2015 09:20PM)
[quote]On Jul 5, 2015, DWRackley wrote:
Depending on the size of your book, Lulu might not be your best option.
Also, if you have MS-Word, it will save your work as a PDF file. [/quote]


Hi, Mr. Rackley. If I want to publish a 150~200 page book, then what might be the best option? I was going to use Lulu but it seems like I can do some more researches.

Zee
Message: Posted by: MRSharpe (Jul 21, 2015 12:14AM)
It depends on what your purpose is. Are you wanting to publish in quantity to make a living as a writer? If so, you need to start by finding an agent. If you want to self-publish in small quantities like many magicians do there are several routes, some are already mentioned. If you are good with learning computer software try Adobe InDesign (the one I use) or any DTP program. You can save your document on a thumb drive and have it produced at Kinko's, Office Depot, or any private printer that can read the file. That way, you can print one copy or as many as you might want or need.
Message: Posted by: zoescout (Jul 21, 2015 11:41PM)
[quote]On Jul 21, 2015, MRSharpe wrote:
It depends on what your purpose is. Are you wanting to publish in quantity to make a living as a writer? If so, you need to start by finding an agent. If you want to self-publish in small quantities like many magicians do there are several routes, some are already mentioned. If you are good with learning computer software try Adobe InDesign (the one I use) or any DTP program. You can save your document on a thumb drive and have it produced at Kinko's, Office Depot, or any private printer that can read the file. That way, you can print one copy or as many as you might want or need. [/quote]

This is absolutely correct. The best platform depends on the type of book and what you are trying to accomplish. Also most importantly, who is the audience for the book. If it is a book about magic and you want to self publish then it is about getting it in with magic dealers so that magicians can see it and buy it. You are going to have a hard time accomplishing that if you are publishing on lulu or amazon or similar platforms.