Looking at Print on Demand for Tales from the Blue Room
In the process of putting our book together I have had a look at some of the print on demand websites out there. There’s a lot to consider but I thought I would share some of the options and the prices I discovered…
https://www.createspace.com/ (an Amazon owned company that prints books) you’re looking at a cost of $4.09 for every copy you buy.
Selling the books through them on their sites (Amazon etc) you can set the retail price to whatever you like, and Amazon then take a cut of that.
http://www.lulu.com (another US company) 100 paperbacks cost estimate: £382.50, so cost per unit: £3.83 This doesn’t include delivery. They can sell through Amazon Kobo ibooks etc and I think their commission is 20%
http://www.printondemand-worldwide.com seems more for professional publishers who don’t need help with distribution/online sales. 100 paperbacks cost: £351.27 so cost per unit: £3.51. Delivery estimate: £15.00
http://www.troubador.co.uk/matador.asp – Matador seems like a good option if you want someone to take charge of all the elements. However they do have a selection process and reject some manuscripts…
Pre-press: the work required to turn a 180 page MS Word novel manuscript into print ready files (includes typesetting, design, ISBN, bar code, cover… everything to make the manuscript ready for printing): approx. £680.00
A drily witty gothic adventure story set in England in an alternative early Victorian era. Bonnie and Syliva are two orphan girls, whose governess and guardian – the evil and brilliantly named Miss Slighcarp – is determined to cheat out of inheriting the family pile – Willoughby Chase. They would runaway from home, but wolves dwell in the snow covered winter woods that surround the house ready to eat up small children and anyone else who dares to travel at night.
I really enjoyed this book. Its two rambunctious and brave girl heroines have a touch of Edward Gorey about them and the story has genuinely nail biting wolfy-moments as well as shades of The Woman in White and Lemony Snicket. All in all a great fun read for kids.