What are the costs to print and bind my book?

It is important to have an expense and income plan prior to ordering your book. We advise that you get a quotation in a range of quantities, and consider what the retail price might be. Our book-publishing consultants are happy to help you with these proposals. Mennonite Press offers an offset line of printing for book publications of 500 or more, and a digital line for authors that are considering a limited number of printed books. There are numerous variables that impact the cost of publication—read a preview of Self-Publishing: Planning for a Better Book, by Roger Lloyd Williams for more details.

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

What books are most successful for self-publishing?

Self-publishers can publish the entire topical range of books that includes: Novels, biographies, autobiographies, history, genealogies, inspirational books, cookbooks, how-to books, etc. There is no limit on what a self-publisher can publish and have some success. Each author needs to define what they consider success. For some it may be to just recover their expenses. For some it may be to give the books away to a specific group of people. For others it may be to sell thousands of books and make some money. The most successful self-publishers will take the following steps: First, an author should publish in an area where they have some recognized expertise. Second, write and publish on a subject area where there is some demand. Third, determine a way to market to the people interested in the subject matter of the book. Fourth, implement the marketing plan.

 

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