Comparison of Print-on-Demand Publishers


http://www.booksandtales.com/pod/index.php

Click on the link above to start your self-education about Print-on-Demand publishing. The blog site creator has collected cost, contract, royalty and other information in one handy table.

If you are using a traditional publisher, the information provided may give you some negotiating leverage when you’re preparing to sign your next contract.

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  1. Worked with createspace this week for 100 page, one cartoon per page paperback. It is a whole different story with image instead of text. For my cartoons I am not skilled enough to do their self help program reformatting image to word and layout and gutters and such and uploading to their specs so they offered set up $1,800 package which I felt reasonable. But you get 10 images black and white and each beyond 10 is $15 each per image which would add $15 x 90 in my case plus $1,800. Little more for color.Then the tech said in order to cover their production the book would have to cost $24 in order to cover their expense, give me royalty and cover amazons $4 take per sale. That’s a put up of $3,000 for a book no one will buy for $24 plus shipping.

    I explored local printers to self sell and they would do a wonderful job: perfect binding, 70 wt gloss paper, laminated covers for about $15 but 1,000 books minimum to cover their set up, materials cost and modest profit. That is also cost prohibitive for a book of my art that could sell $6 – $10 maximum expectation.

    Kindle is not made for image yet and sample my cartoon on their screen looks terrible and I am not selling my stuff for $2.

    My current thoughts are that since I have material for three 100 cartoon books maybe I don’t need books. I can sell thumb drives of all 300 at only about a production cost of $4 per drive and self sell for $10 until a distributor may have interest. . Easy set up for theft in reproduction ? Sure but could do the same from a book or copy from my blog so what’s the difference ?

    Publisher ? Out of the question as there are thousands of so very talented comics/cartoon artists out there whose work is far superior to mine.

    Syndicate ? Even more competitive and they usually pick up 3 or 4 new clients a year.

    Copyright ? Useless. If someone does steal my work they would have to make many thousands of dollars to justify paying a copyright lawyer $10,000 retainer
    or one third % of settlement won’t amount to much for a mere cartoon book. I have established ownership by posting some cartoons on my blog, could declare my property on title page and get ISBM further defining me as owner/publisher which is all the proof an obscure person such as I needs. If someone was producing my work in Singapore I would never know anyway.

    This post of the chart is a valuable resource for new authors and I commend you for posting. Yes, a person will certainly get an “education” in these endeavors.

    • Carl, thank you for sharing your education in the world of publishing cartoons. It’s discouraging when you can’t find a simple, affordable way to share your work with the world. As you say, your blog is your sole outlet for now–and the jump drives. I wonder how simple children’s books, which have multiple pages of colorful artwork, get published? Maybe customers are going out of the country–as business of all kinds has done–to get the printing done at an affordable price. I read about a printing press in Mexico that was attracting US print business. It’s sad when a niche market goes unserved. Someone will get wealthy when they figure out how to provide the service to self-published artists and authors.

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