While the world is quickly going digital in as many ways as possible, there’s still a lot of value for tangible products — and especially in hardcover books. Many readers don’t like digital reading at all. Others just want to read an actual book every once in a while. Either way, there’s still plenty of room in the market for publishing a hardcover book in addition to digital products. It not only legitimizes your talent as an author, but it gives readers a tangible product.
How to Make Your Own Book
When you’re a serious writer, you want to make sure everything is perfect. Self-publishing means that you’ll need to find the best printer. That can seem like a daunting task, but it isn’t as difficult as you think. Follow the steps below, and contact Print Bind Ship to help you so it’s even easier, every step of the way.
Step 1: Write Your Book
Yes, this might seem like an obvious step in the process — you can’t publish a book you haven’t written, after all. However, it’s part of the process, so it has to go on the list. Once you’ve got a finished draft, you’ll be ready to move onto the next steps.
Step 2: Editing
Your first draft is never your final draft. You’ll want to go through and self-edit your manuscript. You’ll want to check for things like grammar, spelling, context, syntax, and other potential errors or areas of improvement. You’ll also want to edit the content and story/material itself—for continuity, transitions, ease of reading, and so forth. Check out self-editing tips and guides online to make sure that you cover all the bases. You can even make a checklist if it helps.
In addition to self-editing, you’ll want to send your draft to a professional editor. You can outsource to an independent contractor or find a professional editing service to work with. Either way, you will have to pay someone to edit for you. Don’t expect people to just hand out favors because you’re “trying to make it”. Typically, you can expect to spend between $20 and $40 per hour for a quality editor with experience.
Step 3: Getting Feedback
Now that you’ve edited your book and made some tweaks, and had a professional give it a good once-over, it’s time to start asking for feedback.
Ask your friends and family to read your book, or reach out to feedback groups and focus groups to see how people respond to the book and whether they enjoy the material. This kind of feedback could help you fix plot holes, make storyline changes, or even add to or remove content if the book is too short or too long. Don’t take feedback personally—take it constructively.
Step 4: Rewrites and Additions
Now that you’ve edited, gotten professional input, and gotten advice from family, friends, and the general public, it’s time to get to rewriting and making any necessary changes. Take your time here and make a plan ahead of time. That way, when you sit down to write, you’ll know exactly where to go and what needs your attention.
This is where you’ll need to make any additions to the content. Perhaps you’ll even take out sections or material that doesn’t fit or that people didn’t respond well to. Think about what you want to accomplish with your final rewriting process. Always make sure that you cross off every item on the checklist of changes.
Step 5: Final Edits
You edited once, but now that you’ve made a bunch of changes, you’ll need to edit again. This will be another self-edit, followed by sending the book off to a professional editor to let them clean things up before you send your book off for printing. This is also where you’ll think about the design and layout of your book and format it accordingly.
Step 6: Designing Your Cover
Things are starting to get fun! Designing a cover can be a great way to express yourself and try your hand at marketing and visual design. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that you remember to add the ISBN and BISAC codes, as well as a UPC and list price information so that the book can be sold in retail environments.
The ISBN is the International Standard Book Number and is used to identify a specific book. This number is used throughout the market and never changes between organizations or networks. The BISAC is the sub-code that is used to define the subject or area of expertise of the book. That will need to be printed on the cover with the ISBN. When you publish a manuscript, you will have to submit an application for these numbers.
Step 7: Publishing
Publishing your book means getting it printed and turned into a tangible product. This will require that you choose a printer that can create the right formats and produce the finished product that you have in mind. For example, if you want a paperback in addition to a hardcover book, make sure they can handle printing both. What is their experience like? You’ll want to work with a publisher that knows what they are doing.
At Print Bind Ship, we have over 60 years of experience in printing and book production and can walk you through the entire process from formatting to finalizing your cover design and everything in between. We can even help you decide whether you should make multiple versions, what paperweight and size to choose, and more.
Step 8: Marketing
Of course, you can’t just publish a book and expect it to sell. In today’s marketplace, you have to take advantage of marketing tools to get your book out there and make sure people know about it. Not only that, but you might want to consider adding complementary products to create an unboxing experience and give the reader more than just a book to read.
Step 9: Fulfillment
Now you’ve got a finished product that’s on the market. It’s time to get your book off the presses and into the hands of your readers. At Print Bind Ship, we can integrate your POS, Amazon, Etsy store, and other online accounts into your Print Bind Ship account. Plus, we will be able to fulfill individual and bulk orders. There are no order minimums or expensive printing fees for short-run hardcover book printing. This offers you a total solution for book fulfillment.
Level Up Your Publishing with Print Bind Ship
If you’re ready to take your writing career to the next level by getting a hard copy of your book online and in retail stores, we can help! From printing to delivery and everything in between, our experienced team can help make your dreams of publishing and selling a book a reality. Contact us now to get started.