What do you need to be a successful self-publisher?

Self-publishing is both exciting and challenging. It is important to realize that the left side of your brain has done the creative work and that the right side is needed to launch your publication as a business venture. Many authors love this aspect of achieving their goals, and some will want to work with a partner or staff to take care of the details. Mennonite Press has helped many first time authors over the years, and can offer resources and consultation to help you make the right decisions along the way.

Below is more information about self publishing from one of Mennonite Press’ Printing Consultants, Judy Entz:

The books we print are for self-publishers who maintain all the rights to their publications.  Good candidates for truly self-published books are ones where the author:

1) Has connections with their audience and can pursue them directly and retain 100% of the proceeds of the sale of their material.

 2) Has enthusiasm for engaging audiences that can directly benefit by their research and experiences.  

3) Has the wherewithal to handle the business decisions and package your writings in an affordable and successful way to reach that audience.

We can help you with all of these indirectly by producing a professional and appealing book for you.  We can also develop advertising materials to help market your book.  Our design staff can start with a title and a word processing file and interpret your message graphically; we offer consulting and editing if needed; we recommend obtaining an ISBN and can place the bar code, register Library of Congress and Copywright as your agent; we also have warehousing and order processing services. 

I encourage you to order our booklet, “Self-Publishing, Planning for a Better Book”. It is written by one of our owners (and past manager) who has been in the publishing business for many years. It is packed with helpful hints and answers to questions that too often go un-asked. 

Early in the self-publishing process, it is a good idea to obtain a quote in a range of quantities. Even though the page count or page size may change, it will help you plan and we do not mind updating it later.  The quote request form gives you practical choices. If you would like assistance with filling out the form, or would like more information about self-publishing, please call or email:

800.536.4686 OR 316.283.4680

Reliability@MennonitePress.com

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