There are dozens of decisions to make when publishing a book, and we help you navigate them all, from the type of paper and binding to font choice, page design, and cover art—not to mention counsel on how to determine your target audience and how best to promote your book both before and after it is printed. By doing so, we help you concentrate on the important tasks of marketing and distributing your book. Whether your goal is to publish one book or many, or even start your own publishing house, we can help you make it happen.
Expert editing and writing services, including word/data processing, copyediting, ghostwriting, and translation (Spanish, French).
Complete book packaging services that include typesetting, interior page design, cover design, ISBN and Library of Congress registration, EAN bar code, printing, and binding.
Information graphics design (charts, graphs, etc.) as well as other artwork/illustration.
Flexible press runs from 200 to 500,000 (in special cases, we can print less than 20 copies of a book).
An extensive array of standard and custom trim sizes, unmatched by typical subsidy presses, from 4x6 to 9x12 and beyond.
Graphic design and printing services for promotional materials.
Guidance with any necessary requirements and publishing questions, such as copyright and sales tax issues.
Those who self-publish with us also receive the following promotional services:
News release announcing your book, including writing and distribution.
Order fulfillment and distribution through Amazon.com, Nebraska Book Source catalog, and IPAC’s Cooperative Mailing.
Book displays at industry trade shows.
Submission of your book to our distributor, Baker & Taylor.
Additional Marketing Services
Nebraska Book Source, our annual catalog mailed to Nebraska schools and libraries through our IPAC (Independent Publishers & Authors Cooperative) marketing program, is an inexpensive way to reach this specialized market.
Our publicity services help your book get maximum exposure by developing a media strategy and press materials that target the media best suited for your book—newspaper, magazine, radio, television, Internet.
We can design high-impact marketing materials to promote your book, from bookmarks to ads.
Advantages of Self-Publishing
When a writer wishes to publish a book but is unable to gain a traditional publishing contract or is unwilling to give a publisher creative and legal control over his or her work, then self-publishing is the best option. The self-publishing author funds the entire project, from design to print to marketing and promotion, essentially starting a business with his or her book as the product.
What are the advantages?
Self-publishing a book allows you to invest in your creativity on your own terms. You control what is in your book, how it looks, and when it will be published. You also retain copyright and all profits from sales.
A book is something tangible, a lasting result of your creative efforts that everyone can touch and see.
A book allows you to enjoy the prestige and status of a published author and expert in your field.
A book opens doors of opportunity, such as being picked up by a major publishing house, expanding your writing career, or advancing your vocation.
Self-publishing is unpredictable. We advise our clients to carefully consider whether they can fund and pursue their projects without undue burden, and we help them choose wisely among the many options available once they decide to publish.
In addition to the Book Packaging Request for Quote Form, please include a brief synopsis or prospectus of the work and sample chapters, if available. These materials will not be returned to you, so please do not send the originals. If our quote is not accepted, all such materials will be destroyed within 60 days of the quote date. Please see our guidelines for submission here.
All of our Request for Quote forms are available in hard copy through the mail. Just ask us.