“When someone buys my self-published book from Amazon (or elsewhere), do I have to pay to print that copy?” by Angela Hoy

“When someone buys my self-published book from Amazon (or elsewhere), do I have to pay to print that copy?” by Angela Hoy

I receive this question all the time from new authors. The author assumes, if someone buys their book from a place like Amazon, that they (the author) must pay for that book to the printed. If they choose the right publisher, which uses print on demand technology and offers a certain type of distribution, no, they do not. This assumption harkens back to the time when self-published authors had to purchase hundreds or thousands of copies of their books, keep them in their garage, and personally provide them to customers or retailers.

If you use a print on demand publisher like BookLocker.com, you do not need to pay to print copies that other people purchase from retailers, nor even from the publisher. The customer pays for the printing and you earn royalties on those sales.

Here’s how it works:

1. Author’s book is published.

2. Author can purchase copies for their own use and/or for resale. The author does need to pay for these and the books are shipped to the author (or wherever the author wants).

3. Ingram (the largest book distributor) sends a feed to the online and brick and mortar bookstore systems.

4. The book pops up for sale on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and numerous other bookstores across the globe.

5. The book also appears in the brick and mortar bookstore systems so people can ask their local bookstore to order a copy for them.

6. Customer orders a copy from a retailer.

7. Customer pays for the book. That payment is used for printing and shipping costs, the publisher’s administrative fees, and the discount that the retailer received on the book sale.

8. Author earns royalties on that sale.

Authors should definitely avoid publishers that require them to purchase and store numerous copies as this is no longer necessary with today’s book printing and distribution technology.

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Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.

About The Author

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Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.

WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.

BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.

PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.

Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)


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