Self-publish with Lightning Source

There are many reasons why publishers should use Lightning Source as their preferred fulfillment service and/or POD (print on demand) provider. The need for these services is increasing everyday and LSI’s free online tools put them at the forefront of publishing. Their free cover generator, publisher compensation calculator, and complete fulfillment services, distinguish them from the competition. Since they are owned by Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributor, every book will be available to bookstores around the world.

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Lightning Source is not a self-publishing company geared towards helping authors – their primary focus is to assist publishers with their printing needs. Lightning Source prefers working with publishers instead of authors because it minimizes the need for customer support. It is assumed that publishers are more experienced in this field and therefore need less assistance.

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HERE ARE THE TOP REASONS TO PICK LIGHTNING SOURCE
1. Distribution channels
2. Comparable prices
3. Trained customer service reps
4. High quality printing
5. Quick shipping and fulfillment services
6. Free book cover generator
7. Publisher compensation calculator
8. Spine-width calculator
9. Detailed compensation reports
10. Well-known reputation
11. Flexibility with wholesale discount
12. Ability to return books
13. Ability to choose 3 BISAC codes
14. Quality compensation tracking systems
15. Nonexclusive relationship

REASONS TO EITHER HIRE A BOOK DESIGNER OR NOT CHOOSE LIGHTNING SOURCE AT ALL
1. If you are foreign to technology and don’t understand directions very well
2. If you are a self-publishing author and not a publisher
3. If you do not have the budget for setup fees, proofs, and revision uploads
4. If you don’t have access to Adobe Indesign
5. If you are not familiar with standard publishing guidelines

Lightning Source is obviously the preferred route for many publishers, but it isn’t for everyone. Do your research and remember to weigh the pros and cons.

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Should you self-publish or not?

Before you decide whether or not self-publishing is right for you, take a look at the following question.

5. Are you willing to pay a vanity or subsidy press a large sum of money to do the leg work for you?

I’ve never worked with a vanity or subsidy press so I cannot give you any firsthand knowledge, but I have read a few articles that are in favor and against their practices.  Vanity and subsidy presses have been given a bad name because they often ask for upfront money in order to publish your book.  I’ve read that sometimes they do not deliver on what they promise and require that you purchase your books from them using their offset shipping methods.  Many self-publishers prefer POD shipping so that they’re not inundated with tons of books that they are not able to sell right away.

It is up to you whether you want to give a vanity or subsidy press a chance or not, but make sure that you negotiate on the price and do not buy too many books unless you already have purchase orders on hand.  Also, make sure that they deliver on everything that they promise you.  If they promise to promote your book or provide you with 100 free copies, then make sure that you get your monies worth.  Hope this helps!

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Reasons to self-publish

Before you begin looking for publishers you should ask yourself, is self-publishing right for you?

TAKE A LOOK AT THE 4TH QUESTION TO THIS SERIES.

4. Are you limited with marketing, publishing, and technology skills and would prefer someone to represent you?

Self-publishing demands that you wear multiple hats.  You are responsible for writing, marketing, publishing, sometimes editing, graphic design, and a list of other stuff.  As a self-publisher, you don’t have the luxury of just writing.  If you prefer to just write and never deal with the marketing or publishing side of the business, then maybe traditional publishing is a better route for you.


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Self-publishers are multi-taskers who have a diverse skill set.  It’s becoming more popular to see that the author and the illustrator are the same person. In addition, many are learning how to to design their own websites and promotional materials.  Even more so, authors are now becoming publishers who bind and print their own books.

Traditional publishing is great route to take especially if your publisher has a solid marketing plan and can guarantee to sell at least 100,000 copies, but if you prefer to be your own boss, then self-publishing might be a better option.

You owe it to yourself to really investigate the pros and cons of self-publishing and whether you have the stomach to digest everything that it entails. Don’t short change yourself!

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5 Reasons to self-publish your book

Below are 5 good reasons why you should self-publish your novel instead of going with a traditional publisher.  Make sure that you do your research before making any hasty decision and remember to believe in yourself no matter what!

1. Creative Control – Never allow someone else to control or dictate your creativity.  They might not understand the creative force that drives your vision and ideas.

2. Compensation – Never allow so many hands to dig into the pockets of your book.  Make sure that there’s enough profit for you.

3. The Long Haul – Never limit yourself to a particular moment in time.  Think bigger and higher and longer.

4. Pricing – Never over price or under price your book unless you are comfortable with it.

5. Flexibility – Never allow rigidness to hinder the success of your novel.  Try to think outside of the box.

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3. Do you want to see your book sitting on the shelves of Target, Wal-Mart, and/or Barnes and Noble?

Every author desires to see their book carried by the top retailers in the world, but they must keep in mind that shelf space is not free and therefore it drastically cuts into their profits. Yes, it’s a great accomplishment to see your book displayed among a million other books, but when it’s all said and done, how much money do you really make?


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Many self-publishers prefer to work with Amazon, Indie Bound, BN.com, and a few others because you are able to offer a slightly lower wholesale discount in exchange for their distribution.  That doesn’t mean that you become sedentary and expect for your book to sell itself, it just means that you are able to get a larger slice of the pie.

I will ask the million dollar question again… is self-publishing right for you?  This is a question that only you can answer.  It is a growing route for new and upcoming authors and has proven to be a very lucrative profession for many people.  With anything, you still must work hard and believe in yourself.

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Should you self-publish your book

Self-publishing gives you the opportunity to channel your creativity into a finished product and the freedom to be your own boss.

Many authors never see the day when their work is actually published into book form.  For many, it’s an endless collection of torn pieces inside of a notebook or crumbled pages that once have served as a place holder for their coffee.  The desire to publish traditionally is losing its appeal every day because great writers are tired of sitting on the back burner waiting for a publisher to believe in them.  Well guess what?  We need to start believing in ourselves!

Self-publishing is becoming more attractive every day because it evens the playing field, giving everyone a chance to become a successful author.  So why should you self-publish? For creative control, flexibility, and longevity…and so much more!

My advice, don’t let your talent dwindle or vanish into thin air just because of someone’s rigid expectations or submission guidelines.  Take charge, be bold, and put one foot in front of the other…and walk!!

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Is self-publishing right for you?

Is self-publishing right for you? Here is one reason for why you should or shouldn’t self-publish your book.

1. Are you only interested in the milestone of publishing your book or do you plan to sell millions of copies?

Some people are only interested in publishing their book.  Their goal is neither to sell tons of copies nor to become rich.  Believe it or not, but some people are only interested in achieving milestones for the sake of self-gratification.  Well, what does that mean? 

Think of having a bucket list where the first item on your list is to become a published author.  Even more so, think about dedicating the next two to three years of your life simply to see your title in print or better yet, to see your book on Amazon.

There are many authors that rarely sell any books.  It’s not because the book is poorly written or that the main character is unforgettable.  It’s likely due to the lack of advertisement which as a result can hinder sales.

You’re probably wondering why would someone write a book and not advertise it?  Well, the answer is simple.  The creative side and the marketing side are two different things.  Some people are only wired to be creative and inventive, and are unable to tap into their left brain thinking in order to manage their book events, attend book fairs, or organize book signings.  The marketing aspect is a different animal to tame and therefore some people don’t have the desire to do it.  Some are pleased with just scratching that item off of their bucket list.  Is that you?

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Is Self-Publishing Right For You? 5 Questions You Should Answer Before You Self-Publish!

Before you decide on which route you want to take, make sure that you write down your overall goals and plans. Think about the following questions.

1. Are you only interested in the milestone of publishing your book or do you plan to sell millions of copies?

2. Do you want to become an expert in your field, grow your company, and author platform?

3. Do you want to see your book sitting on the shelves of Target, Wal-Mart, and/or Barnes and Noble?

4. Are you limited with marketing, publishing, and technology skills and would prefer someone to represent you?

5. Are you willing to pay a vanity or subsidy press a large sum of money to do the leg work for you?

There are different ways to publish your book. You can go the traditional route and seek a literary agent, if you like. If this is the right choice for you then you must finish your manuscript, draft your one page query, and a two page synopsis. Next, you should purchase A Guide to Literary Agents and look for agents that represent your specific genre. One benefit in going this route is that your book is almost guaranteed to be carried in one of the larger bookstores. One drawback is that you lose control over your book. You are able to provide input here and there, but ultimately the publisher will make most of the marketing and publishing decisions for you.

Self-publishing is another route to take to get your book published and made visible to the world. You can start your own publishing company or go with a POD service and list their company as the publisher. If you self-publish, keep in mind that you are responsible for the creative side, the marketing side, and the business side. You must have the ability to wear multiple hats.

You also have the option of going with an independent publishing company where they will fund the book for you. They will be more willing to take a chance on you versus one of the Big Five (Harper Collins, Scholastic, Random House, etc). The downside is that they don’t have the funding or connections to get you on the shelves of the top bookstores.

Vanity and subsidy presses are appealing to those that have the upfront cash and want someone else to do most of the work for them. They will design your book cover for you, provide you with an ISBN, and much more. There are tons of unhappy clients that have posted tons of articles about their publishing practices so please be careful and do your research.

Keep in mind, no one can make these decisions for you. It all goes back to your goals and plans for your book. Start here, and you should be fine!

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