Self Publishing.What Is It?
Essentially, self-publishing is arranging to publish
your own book as opposed to submitting your work to a publisher
in the hope of having it published. Self-publishing means that the
author gets all the royalties as well as all the profits that may
be associated with his or her book. Remember that this can be a
double-edged swordif there are any losses, these are also
borne by the author.
Who Should Self-Publish?
or organizations wishing to publish their own specialty fiction
or non-fiction book that may not normally interest a publisher
. Museums, zoos, gardens, or art galleries
wishing to publicize or commemorate a special exhibit or event
. Theatrical or musical groups wishing
to publicize or commemorate a special performance
. Cities, towns, churches, parks, or historical
sites wishing to offer a souvenir book to tourists or visitors
. Corporations wishing to commemorate
an anniversary or landmark event, publish an annual report, or offer
a unique promotional keepsake to their customers or clients
. Artists or photographers
wishing to promote their work
. Authors wishing to produce a limited
amount of high-quality special edition
Regardless of what you are planninga deluxe coffee table book,
a photography or art show catalog, a
how-to guide, a childrens book, a text book, a church history,
a directory, a source guide, an annual report, a poetry book, a
cook book, or a design manualwe have done them all. Our book
projects range from a history of immigration to a photographic history
of daylilies; from books on macaws to books on
pigeons and poultry; from books that have retailed for $4.95
to books that have retailed for $3,000 per copy; from
limited edition books collected by museums to annual reports
collected by shareholders.
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How Can We Help Self-Publishers?
There is a real lack of full-service publishers
for individuals, associations, church groups, historical societies,
and corporations wishing to publish their own works or materials.
Publishing is, furthermore, a business with much misunderstanding
surrounding it. Most people do not fully understand that powerful
design programs are only tools that, unfortunately, do not turn
computer experts into designers.
what we offer you: We help you choose the type of book best suited
to your needs. Remember that different types of books require different
formatsa mass market paperback, a good quality paperback,
a hard cover book, a large format hard cover. We will design not
only your book, but also your cover or jacket. We will typeset your
book, choosing the most professional selection of typefaces, running
heads, chapter headings, folio numbering, layout of all figures
and photographs, and literally hundreds of other little details
that will give your book the most professional appearance possible.
We ensure the most balanced and judicious mix of text and figures.
This is all part of our design process for you!
We will choose the paper, the inks, the head and
tailbands, whether the book is glued and notched or sewn. We will
do all of the color separations on our own equipment including our
own drum scanner. We can use prints, 35 mm slides, negatives, and
We, in essence, will have total responsibility to
design, produce, and print your book. You will deal with only one
organization and we will deliver your new book on time and on budget
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PDF Files of Books We
Designed and Printed
- Mr. Martin and Mrs.Tessa Borner, Costa Rica - "English
Girl, German Boy" (cover,
text), "Potholes To Paradise"
- Mr. Bruce Bruchett, Avian Publications, Minneapolis, Minnesota,
USA - "The Carolina Parakeet" (cover,
text), "The Complete
Pet Bird Owners Handbook" (cover,
Bird" (cover, text),
"Handfeeding Baby Birds" (cover,
- Mr. Gene Yoes III , Racing Pigeon Digest, Lake Charles,
LA. USA - "Louisiana's German Coast: A History of St. Charles
Parish" (cover, text)
- Lyn Phillip Hodgson, Blable Distribution, Port Perry, Ontario,
Canada - "Camp X: Vengance Weapon" (cover,
- Mr. Albert Maasland, Chairman, The Belfast Giants Hockey Team,
Belfast, Ireland - "Champions in the Land of the Giants"
- Mr.Silvio Mattacchione, Silvio Mattacchione & Co., Port
Perry, Ont. Canada - "Pionus
A Complete Guide" (cover,
- Mrs. Pauline Cormier, Daisy May Publishing Company, London,
Ontario, Canada - "Can
You See Her" (cover,
PDF Files of Books We Printed
- Mr. Richard Florczak, California, USA - "The
Private Chef Cookbook" (back
and front cover, text
#1, text #2)
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We get so many inquires that we have decided to
post an outline of the costs associated with designing your book.
With these prices most would-be self publishers will now have a
very accurate idea of the costs that are actually involved in bringing
together your proposed book project. Please also note that a great
deal of our work is supplied to us by other independent publishers
who may not have enough capacity at a particular point in time to
take care of a particular project. Under these circumstances we
provide a total “turn key” solution by designing, printing
and delivering to destination at an agreed upon fixed unit price
per book. If you are an independent or specialty publisher, a corporation
requiring an annual report or product manual, a church or historical
group looking to produce a book as a fund raising vehicle or an
individual interested in publishing a book that you have written
then please review this material and contact us for further assistance.
Manuscript Style Guidelines
The following guidelines are in place to help us
produce the best book from your manuscript:
Our design and layout team requires that you submit
manuscripts on disk using Microsoft Word software. Keep all text
flush left. Do not center headings or sub-heads, etc. Use tabs...not
space bar entries to format indents. Use the software standard features
for text entry. Do not attempt to format or do an elaborate book
design with your manuscript, as you will be wasting your time and
Do not use boxes in your text. Uniquely identify
each element by entering it as Picture #, Chapter #, Page #. An
example of your first photo may be Picture 1-1-12, this identifies
placement of Photo 1 in Chapter 1 on page 12 of your manuscript.
Mark the slide, photo or illustration with the same number. Depending
on final design and page breaks, we will provide placement as close
to your request as possible. Provide a marked up hard copy of the
manuscript indicating positioning of photos using a highlight marker
with written notation.
Use the same numbering system for all picture and
illustration captions. Submit all captions on a separate disk.
You should indent paragraphs using tabs. Usage of
Bold, Italic and Underline may be used as you see the need.
We require 3 hard copies, 2 floppy disc copies of
the manuscript (or CD) and 2 floppy disc copies of the captions,
along with all graphical elements (on CD). Submit in final form
only (do not send us anything other than a 100% completed product,
properly edited, that you feel is ready for design).
Photo and Text Releases
If you use material from another author or publication,
yYou must have all photo and text release letters signed and on
file. No exceptions due to international copyright laws.
35 MM Slides
For the best image quality on photos, we recommend
using 35mm slides from professional grade film. If possible use
the same brand and type of film for every photo. Good quality prints
may also be used. Remember: poor photos will reproduce poorly!
If you are submitting digital images on disk please
note the following requirements:
All photo images must be prepared as TIFF files
only please - do not submit anything other than TIFF! Additional
charges will apply if we must convert images to TIFF format. Make
especially sure that they have been scanned appropriately as regards
the highlight and shadow areas (generally, a 3% dot in the Highlight
[light] areas of the photo and 90% dot in the Shadow [dark] areas
of the photo). Without the appropriate values being adhered to,
you will fail to achieve the image quality and color quality that
you desire! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
For color reproduction, photos must be 300 dpi at
the actual size that they are intended to be printed in the book
and saved in CMYK format (not RGB). For example if the introduction
has a color photo of ‘Bob and Albert’ that is 6 inches
tall, then at 6 inches tall, the image must be 300 dpi. This also
applies to black and white photos. Low dpi will result in poor printed
For line drawings we require 600 dpi at actual printed
The ‘dpi’ (dots per square inch) rating
allows us to print at a particular line screen. Therefore, if the
printer uses 150 line screen the minimum dpi must be 300 DPI. If
the printer uses 175 line screen, then the minimum dpi must be 350
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Basic Price to Design
Our design and layout team charges $10,000.00 per
book (depending on complexity and number of photos and illustrations
price will increase) this fee includes the design of your cover
plus the design and layout of all interior pages of the book! This
is called your cost of origination and is fixed .Obviously the more
books you intend to print the less significant this sum will be!
Printing of Your Book
The actual cost of printing your book will be quoted
once we have established the trim size, the type and quality of
paper, the binding type, the ink (color or B/W) the number of books
required and the delivery destination. This sum is in addition
to the design cost referenced above!
Basic Scan Prices
2X3 inch $35.00 per scan
4X5 inch $45.00 per scan
5X7 inch $50.00 per scan
8X10 inch $70.00 per scan
8.5 X11 inch $85.00 per scan
10X12 inch $90.00 per scan
11X14 inch $100.00 per scan
12X18 inch $150.00 per scan
16X20 inch $175.00 per scan
20X24 inch $225.00 per scan
Tektronix 6X9 $20.00 per page
8X10 $40.00 per page
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and Printing Estimate
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