Questions are answered like: What printers
should I send bids to? What is a quality "low book
bid?" How much money can I save by having my book printed
out of state? Can I start with just 1,000 copies and make a good
$1,500 Printing Your Book:
requests were sent nationwide for data on paperback and hardbound
by Welmon "Rusty" Walker, Jr. MBA
Rusty has 20 plus years of experience in the small
press business. He is the Founder and Publisher of That New
Publishing Co., and has conducted publishing and small business
seminars for many years. His current seminar is
www.PublishingSecretsRevealed.com The company has published his books (like The Alaska Corporation Manual,) and the books of 10 other
authors. Most of the books are hardbound. He brings his
knowledge and experience to you in this book for
self-publishers, and the small press industry. The e-book of this new Millennium Edition is on CD-ROM and includes:
* The total list of the 131
book manufactures used in the study.
* The raw data sheet
showing specific quotes from each printer, with statistical
calculations showing, the 4 lowest bids, the highest, average,
and range for each data set.
* 10 charts/graphs, for 1,000, and 2,000 copy press run prices for both hardbound and trade paperback. A chart shows the number of printers that returned bids from each state. There is a detailed break-even analysis at 1,000 copies, using the low bid for hardbound and paperback.
* An extensive
annotated bibliography of books and articles on publishing and
related subjects is included.
* How to price your book for
* How to get quotes
from and manage the book manufacturing process to get the quality you
want. Plus, the best payment plan to use.
Order Your Save $1,500 Printing Your Book Now!
Self-Publisher and Small Publisher, manufacturing is the major
up-front cost in a new book project. Attention to this area is
important. Reducing cost here can make a big difference in
profit, or if the book will be issued at all. At any time,
chances are that a few quality printing plants are having a
temporary slow period. When business is slow, it is better to bid
a project low to keep the press running. You cannot know when or
what plant has slow time. You must, "bid them all." More than $1,500 can be saved with extensive nationwide competitive bidding to find the idle press.
To demonstrate this point, 131 printers were
asked to offer costs for the same 192 page, 5½ x 8", trade
paperback and hardbound editions. The quotes were for 1,000,
2,000 and 3,000 copies. The bids stated the publisher will supply
camera ready text and four color cover art. With 44 bids
returned, paperback data for 1,000 copies had a low bid of
$2,270. The next three lowest bids are $2,323, $2,335 and $2,412
respectively. The three lowest are only $65 apart. There
is no need to accept the one lowest bid.
With 24 hardbound bids returned, the data for
1,000 copies had the low bid at $3,309. The next three lowest
bids were $3,475, $3,938, and $4,034. These figures dispel the
general thinking that you cannot get low hardbound bids for short
run books. For the lowest bids at 1,000 copies, the hardbound bid
is $1.04 cents per book more than the trade paperback cost. The
next lowest bid is $1.20 more than the low paperback bid.
The general business norm of requesting bids
from 3 or 4 suppliers, does not work for Short Run Book
Publishing. High bids come in at 3 to 5 times the low bid price.
The above charts show a broad range of bids. An average bid for
paperback at 1,000 was $3,752. The difference in the low to
average bid is $1,482. The average hardbound bid was $5,607. That
difference was $2,298. A lot of money can be saved with
nationwide book bidding. You don't have to pay the highest prices
to get quality book printing. Why take a chance on missing good
low bids? "Bidding them all," is the only way
to greatly increase the chances of getting many quality low bids.
For about $40 in postage, you can get bids from every
printer. Know what the total book manufacturing industry states
your book will cost to print. "Paying too much for
printing, and retail pricing that is too low has doomed many
first time book projects." This e-book will show you
how to avoid these disasters. Click
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