Writing a novel is no easy feat! Make sure to take your time but commit to a deadline that will keep you moving toward progress every day.
This writing schedule should be realistic but difficult enough to require regular progress to achieve.
#3 – Decide your book’s distribution channel
Not every distribution channel is the same. When you’re making a book, you have to think about who is going to print this book.
Who to choose for book prints?
You may have heard that Createspace was bought out by Amazon, meaning KDP now prints your books.
Since there is really only one other major book printer for self-published authors, the big question everyone has on their mind is:
Amazon or Ingramspark?
Since you’ll already be familiar with Amazon from uploading the Kindle version of your book, it may seem like KDP paperback publishing is the easy choice.
But that’s not necessarily true, at least not yet.
At Self-Publishing School, we recommend you choose a means of making your book that best fits what you want.
There are pros and cons to using Ingramspark versus Amazon that you have to consider.
Here’s a list of what Ingramspark has to offer with their different packages for making a book:
Both Amazon and Ingramspark print your books and distribute them on Amazon. Meaning, they sell those books on Amazon without you as the middleman. They’re direct sale-to-print and they ship out from their warehouses.
That being said, they don’t offer the same perks.
For example, Ingramspark actually prints hardback copies of your book, where Amazon only prints paperback copies.
#4 – Factor in the cost of making a book
When you decide to learn how to make a book, you’re also diving into the world of business.
That’s right, making a book has a lot to do with business and we all know businesses have certain factors that can be a little confusing, including the cost of publishing a book.
So how much does it cost to publish a book?
The truth is that there are several factors that add to the cost of making a book.
time spent in the writing, marketing, and publishing phase
If you’re basing your decision strictly on revenue, then you’ll want to think about it before heading down the printing path.
Paperback can be costly to produce if you’re not sure what you’re doing, which is why we created a program to help you avoid those expensive mistakes.
Luckily with Amazon and Ingramspark, they take care of the cost upfront, but they will take a higher percentage of your revenue to make up for the printing cost.
This means you won’t make as much money off the sales of a paperback as you would with an e-book.
We’ve often seen that the most lucrative path for e-authors is the combination of a Kindle eBook and an audiobook.
If your goal is to make as much money as you can, and you have to choose between the two, then consider pursuing an audiobook over a paperback. (Although funding an audiobook can be pricey, and you are responsible for that upfront cost, so do the math!)
#5 – Determine your book’s contents
You’ve given it some thought and considered the factors above, and you’ve decided that you do want to print paperback copies of your book. Before you take the next step, it’s important to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” by figuring out your book’s contents.
Run through our pro-developed, pre-printing checklist to make sure you’ve checked all the appropriate boxes of making a book.
Choose the size of your book
Decide on black & white or color (Note: The prices may vary)
Price your book properly (which we cover in our book launch post)
Create a rough concept for your covers
Decide whether to outsource your cover graphics and design
Write your author bio for the back or inside cover
Pick your author headshot for the back or inside cover
This is the difference with many (not all) nonfiction book formats from Chandler’s Bolt’s Published.:
If you do decide to tackle the interior formatting yourself, then there are programs that can make the process simpler. Word has downloadable templates to make the work easier.
These formats vary, depending on how many pages your book has. Make sure to experiment with multiple formats to help you decide which works best for your specific layout needs.
#7 – Upload to Amazon
Once you’ve created your printed book, the next step is to find your fulfillment house.
There are many options available. Fulfillment houses pack and ship, and provide customer service for your books. We tend to overwhelmingly recommend publishing on Amazon.
Their services are user-friendly and simple to follow.
This works the best, as you can curb the costs of printing more than the number of copies you need because of Amazon’s print-on-demand.
There are multitudes of resources out there for learning how to. make a book. Whether you want to sell your printed books, use them as pro book marketing tools, or simply admire how lovely they look gracing your bookcase, realize that with a few easy steps, you can create your own beautiful paperback version of your eBook.
Chandler is the host of the Self Publishing School podcast & the author of 6 bestselling books including his most recent book titled “Published.”. He’s also the founder & CEO of Self-Publishing School, the #1 online resource for writing your first book. Self Publishing School made the INC 5000 in 2018 (#2,699) as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the US. Through his books, podcast, training videos, and Self-Publishing School, he’s helped thousands of people on their journey to writing their first book.