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True Self-Publishing for Your Book
or
For Your Promotion Materials?

(See a list of digital (POD) printers below.)

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Read a BlogTalkRadio interview that discusses how there is a
right and wrong way for publishing every author and every title.
Hosts are Lillian and Dave Brummet.


Digital Printers
For You to Consider for You Self Publishing Needs

These are large digital printers (sometimes called print-on-demand). They are suggested only for those who want to truly self-publish. If this is your first effort at self-publishing  —remember that is different from subsidy-publishing when you have someone else help you publish your book under their ISBN number—I recommend you use a book shepherd like Joyce Faulkner at katieseyes@aol.com.

By the way, I love CreateSpace.com for those who are savvy enough to publish completely on their own. Don't be fooled by the services they offer. You publish free on this site except for the services you contract out. I have never used their marketing or publishing services. So you're on your own researching those. I have used their free cover templates which are still a bit tricky, but generally satisfying enough, especially for promotional books. 

BookBaby, www.Bookbaby.com . I partnered with Bookbaby when they shared my Frugal Book Promoter with their readers and future customers and I found them reputable and easy to work with.

Bookmasters, www.bookmasters.com, 25 copy minimum

BookMobile, www.BookMobile.com, 10 copy minimum

Colorcentric Corp, www.ColorcentricCorp.com, no minimum quantity

Commercial Communication, Inc., www.ComCom.com, no minimum quanity

Create Space, www.CreateSpace.com (owned by Amazon), no minimum. They install your book on Amazon.com at no extra charge and only if you wish.

Digital Data Group Corp., www.DigitalData-Corp.com, 25 copy minimum

Edwards Brothers, www.EdwardsBrothers.com, no minimum quantity

Lightning Source, www.LightningSource.com, no minimum quantity

Keystone Digital Press, www.KDPress.com, 100 copy minimum

Malloy Inc, www.Malloy.com, 24 copy minimum

The P. A. Hutchison Co., www.PAHutch.com, 25 copy minimum

Total Printing Systems, www.TPS1.com, 25 copy minimum

Transcontinental, www.Transcontinental-Printing.com, 200 copy minimum

Webcom Inc, www.WebcomLink.com, 50 copy minimum

Unsolicited Endorsement:

Dear Carolyn,
Since learning about your fantastic marketing Web sites and books, I've not only recommended them to others, but also am drawing heavily upon your marketing expertise for Port Yonder Press, a newer indie press from Iowa that I'm working with. Bless you and your marvelous wisdom, especially for all of us who must market largely on our own.

~ Lisa Lickel,  Editor,  Creative Wisconsin Magazine, and Port Yonder Press


 

Tips

Notice the title on this page. Digital printing is not just for your books. You may want to print booklets to help you promote. In fact, that's an ideal starter project for learning the ropes of true do-it-yourself printing.

PS: Sometimes the word self-publishing is used incorrectly when people mean partner- or subsidy-publishing. 

Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site.

                                           

I share articles with other authors and Web sites at no charge as part of my marketing effort. Learn how to get free articles and book excerpts for your project on subjects from tolerance to how-to articles for writers. Ditto for seasonal poetry to spice up your holiday pages and rants to just add spice any old time.

Don't forget to check out my list of books for writers on this site and in the appendixes of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor.


You Are Invited...

...to explore Carolyn Howard-Johnson's multi award-winning how-to marketing books for retailers. Authors are retailers, too, by virtue of the fact that they sell books.  The more authors know about retailing, the easier it is to partner with retail stores on workshops, book signings, seminars and other events.

Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
Purchase THIS IS THE PLACE
and
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.
Both of these books are out of print. They are available only on Amazon's New and Used feature for about $1.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.
IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook from Magdalena Ball's
and
My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating Earth and the Universe
 

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers
Purchase THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER,
THE FRUGAL EDITOR
Second Edition
GREAT LITTLE LAST MINUTE EDITING TIPS FOR WRITERS
GREAT FIRST-IMPRESSION BOOK PROPOSALS
HOW TO GET GREAT BOOK REVIEWS FRUGALLY AND ETHICALLY

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers
A RETAILER'S GUIDE TO FRUGAL IN-STORE PROMOTION
FRUGAL AND FOCUSED TWEETING FOR RETAILERS
YOUR BLOG, YOUR BUSINESS

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Did you know that with the Free app, Kindle can be adapted to any reader--even your PC!

"Careers that are not fed die as readily as
any living organism given no sustenance." 
~
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Studio photography by Uriah Carr
3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

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Frugal E-Book Tip

Kindle E-Books Aren't
Just for Kindle Anymore

Did you know that Amazon’s Kindle e-books are a low-cost/no-cost way to access books even if you don’t have a dedicated Kindle reader? You can read Kindle's e-books on smartphones, desktop computers and any e-device in between. You can even store the books on the Amazon cloud.

~ Quote from Diana Schneidman, author and marketer

 

Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader.
Did you know that with the Free app, Kindle can be adapted to any reader--even your PC!
 

 "Careers that are not fed die as readily as
any living organism given no sustenance." 
~
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Studio photography by Uriah Carr
3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

 

Frugal E-Book Tip

Kindle E-Books Aren't
Just for Kindle Anymore

Did you know that Amazon’s Kindle e-books are a low-cost/no-cost way to access books even if you don’t have a dedicated Kindle reader? You can read Kindle's e-books on smartphones, desktop computers and any e-device in between. You can even store the books on the Amazon cloud.

~ Quote from Diana Schneidman, author and marketer

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Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Master's in English.org Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
for
Sharing with Writers blog.

 


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).

 

Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.


A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010

 

Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor


The Oxford Award
recognizes
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,
2013

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.


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