After all the hard work you’ve put into your book, you can publish it yourself and have the pleasure of seeing a tangible result of your efforts. Artists hang their pictures on the wall or give their paintings to friends, even though they may not be a Picasso. We believe that good writers abound and not all of them are lucky enough to procure a lucrative publishing contract.
Your book may be on a subject that does not appeal to a vast market. Publishers are loath to take on niche books unless they’re by someone famous.
Your book can be produced in small numbers – this has several advantages:
- If your book has limited appeal – the history of an organization, your family history, a small niche market – you can produce enough to meet that demand. A publisher is only interested in books that can sell 1000s
- You can produce a small run of books to be used for promotion purposes – that elusive publishing contract may still come your way.
- The market can be tested by distributing your books and getting feedback.
- Promoting and selling the book yourself can generate a profit fairly easily, without risking a huge outlay on 100s of books.
- Mistakes can be corrected, and alterations can be made, in the next run – saves you ending up with 100s of books that are not right, or that you are not happy with.
- Your book can be printed and ‘out there’ within a number of weeks. Publishing houses can take up to two years to get their authors’ books on the shelves.
Interested? Contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get your book into print.