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Old 09-17-2010, 02:06 AM
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How have people got on with this. On the face of it this would seem to be the future of publishing but I wonder if people have actually covered their costs even?

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What costs?

The only costs are if you want to proof or buy copies of your book with lulu et al.
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It depends on what service people use. If it's the basic lulu service then they probably have but if they've forked out for the assisted self publishing/vanity services then they probably haven't. They dropped a few hundred dollars at least to get published and haven't seen that in sales.

POD is probably part of the future of publishing but I don't know that it will be the big thing a lot of people seem to think. I think the only authors that will do well from POD fictionwise are midlist named authors with an out of print backlist or an author with something like a memoir who is a terrific seller. Or a non-fiction book with a niche market where the author has the market already identified - lecturer, local history buffs etc.
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I am going to try Pen Press who I think give the best most balanced deal. They hold a small stock so Amazon will sell it at 3 day delivery and you get a few copies to sell yourself
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I have some experience researching this topic, In the past Ive used a service called lulu.com (not sure if it is still running). They seem to give a rather good service, and the quality of the product is not to bad. Also, if you order an IBN number from them at extra cost, your books can be listed withAmazon. Apart from buying the IBN, there is no cost to the Author. However, they do seem to take a rather heavy cut, but if you want your book out there in the world without support. This seems ok.
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I spent £950 printing two hundred copies of my latest novel, and I recently had to print another fifty. I've made £2500 in return. Does that cover my costs?
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Unless my maths is terrible, seems to be a decent return
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That was a rhetorical question.
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Ok, that I did'nt get
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Starting with eBooks through Amazon and Kindle and selling afew
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