How To Publish With Print On Demand

Woman with bookTechnology drives every business these days, and it is no different in the world of publishing.  Through the use of technology, more and more authors are able to release their books to the world without the need of a standard publishing company.  If you are an aspiring fiction writer and you are tired of receiving rejection letters from normal publishing companies, consider print-on-demand as a way to release your book.

Print-on-demand makes it possible to print and bind a book in a relatively short amount of time and for a fraction of the cost of traditional publishing services.  Print-on-demand only prints books as they are ordered so there is very little waste and no need for space to store hundreds or even thousands of copies.

If POD sounds right for you, there are many services online that you can use to publish your book.  POD gives the author total control over not only the writing of the book, but also every aspect of the publishing process.  As an author you will have control over everything from when it is released, how much it will sell for, and even what the cover will look like for your book.

You will also be responsible for the content.  While most services will run spell check for you, they will not provide any proofing or editing of your book.  These aspects will be entirely up to you.  If the finished product contains mistakes, they will be your fault, not the fault of the self-publishing company.

POD is the perfect service for new authors of fiction as authors do not have to find agents and go through publishing houses to get their work released to the world.  In addition to fiction writing, POD has also grown in the non-fiction and academic categories as well.  Using POD allows anyone to release their book for very little cost and books can be released much more quickly when authors self-publish using print-on-demand.

Once you decide to self publish your fiction book using a print-on-demand service, you will need to select the best self publishing services available.  There are many great self publishers available online that provide a step by step process to self publish.  Some of the leaders in the business are CreateSpace, Lulu, BookSurge, iUniverse, Xlibris, and Blurb.

These services will allow you total control over all aspects of the publishing process but, for an additional fee, also provide other services such as cover design and editing.  But if you take complete control of the entire process, you will pay nothing to create your book and will share the profits with the self publishing company each and every time your book is sold.

If you want to find a way to publish your book without the hassle of finding an agent to represent you or the hassle of dealing with traditional publishing companies, self publishing with print-on-demand might be right for you.

Forget about those rejection letters you have received from agents and publishing companies and take a journey down the road of self publishing with print-on-demand so you can release your beloved book and take the world by storm.

This entry was posted on .

Storing Your Photos On Flickr

This video, recorded by Dan, explains the why and how of storing your photos on Flickr. While some people do this to share their photos with the world, if you change the settings you can easily keep them private.

You can then either share them with only the people you invite, or keep them only viewable by you. Many people do this as a way of keeping a backup of their photos.

Share With Friends Only

Most people have the idea that Flickr is for sharing and publishing your photos. However, you don’t have to use it that way. As I just said, you can keep your photos completely private if you want.

Alternatively you might choose to share them only with your family and friends. You can send invitations to your chosen few from within Flickr. They have to join (if they are not already members) and become your friends on Flickr. Then they can see all of the photos that you have chosen to share with your Flickr friends.

Use Flickr As A Backup

What we’ve said to this point is not very different from what you might expect of Flickr. But what’s really cool, and what not many people think of, is that you can use the site as a free backup option for your photos.

These days many photos are taken on phones. You know of course that if your phone is lost or stolen, those photos will be gone forever, and most people do download them to a computer thinking they are keeping them safe that way.

When you download a photo from your phone you probably delete it from your phone to make space for more, without thinking about having a backup. It’s on your computer so it’s safe, right? Wrong.

It’s very common for computer hard drives to crash, often wiping all of the data. You’d probably be amazed to know how many hard drives fail every day. It’s something that happens to most everybody who uses a computer at one time or another. And then, if you don’t have some kind of a backup for your hard drive, all your photos could be lost forever.

Before digital technology entered every home, people used to take great care of their photograph collections. They would save them from burning houses, the memories are that precious. But now, they are very vulnerable to loss, and we usually don’t realize it until they are gone.

A hard drive failure is way, way more likely than a house fire. In business, it’s normal to prepare and plan for hard drive failure with at least one and usually two or more backup methods. How many of us think of doing this at home?

There are many different backup methods but most of them cost money. For example you could buy an external hard drive. That is actually a great idea. But there will be a cost, plus you have to remember to do the backups. And it could develop a fault at any time – and if you didn’t use it often, you might not realize until the main one went. Or you might have that house fire or burglary and lose both the internal and the external hard drives together.

So some kind of off-site backup for your photos is best, and storage in the ‘cloud’ (i.e. storage via the internet) is the ideal answer. Flickr offers this – and as long as you don’t use more than 1 Terabyte of space (which is a lot, especially if you compress your photos) it’s currently totally free.

There are other free cloud storage options but Flickr is bigger and better solution than most most of them and can be the ideal backup method. So do consider storing photos on Flickr – it’s worth checking out.

This entry was posted on .