Regina Paul: Advantages and Disadvantages of Print-on-Demand Publishing

Regina Paul
Guest article by Regina Paul

Print-on-Demand, or POD, isn’t for everyone. There are a number of things to consider before deciding to venture into the world of POD publishing.
 
Advantages
  1. Your book gets published on your timetable. 
  2. You retain 100% of the rights to your book. 
  3. You choose what you want to make for royalties rather than having to negotiate this with a traditional publisher. 
  4. You choose what you want for the cover art of your book. 
  5. Your book gets printed only if someone orders it. You don’t have boxes of your book sitting in your basement or attic getting eaten by moths or mice or destroyed by mold or mildew. 
  6. You don’t have to put out a large amount of money printing copies of your book. 
  7. You can sell your book from the web pages of your POD publisher(s) as well as your own website; this can give you more exposure.
Disadvantages  
  1. You are 100% responsible for marketing your book. No one else will do it for you, including your POD publisher. 
  2. You must be willing to pay your POD publisher a fee to get an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and to have your book listed with online bookstores. 
  3. You are responsible for providing review copies of your book to reviewers and to getting it to the reviewers within their time frame. 
  4. You are responsible for setting up book signings and other such events. 
  5. You are responsible for either creating, designing and printing your own marketing materials such bookmarks, business cards, brochures etc. or be willing to pay someone to do so for you.  
If don't mind spending some money on your book for marketing and education and you want to have total control of your book, then POD can be a great solution to getting that completed manuscript out of your drawer, box, or computer and getting it out to the world.

Regina Paul is the author of eleven books and has published more than 800 articles online. She can be reached at reginapaulwrites.blogspot.com/.

Photo courtesy Regina Paul.

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