POD (Print-On-Demand) Publishing
What is POD Publishing?
Print-On-Demand Publishing is a digital technology through which Internet "packager" firms offer a full range of author services within a choice of set fees.
Basic Internet Packager Offer
When working with a POD firm you must ask the questions: What is included? What is not included?
Here is a basic list to use with a customer service contact person. You'll also want to study the company's boiler-plate contract, usually found online, before you meet with a company representative.
Editing & Design services
Illustrations (Color? Black & White? Charts? Side Bars?)
Pricing the book
Author's cost to purchase their book
Turnaround time from setup to bound book
Top 5 Questions to Discuss with POD Firms
- Non-Exclusive Agreement
- Complete (C) Copyright Control
- Your Own ISBN
- Distribution Opportunities
- Profit Split
It's very important to be clear about the differences between your two "self" publishing options. Compare POD Publishing to Independent Publishing — see what you get and see what you won't get! Taking the time to educate yourself, to see what's really involved, will be worth your time in spades. An experienced book publishing coach can guide you with expertise through this labyrinth.