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Print On Demand Question

Does anyone have any recommendations, experiences, or other comments about Print on Demand companies? My history of the Albion Fire Department can't go through traditional publishers, because the subject matter is too narrow. (Which I don't understand, because hey -- what person in, say, Rome or Moscow wouldn't want to read about small town Indiana history?)

I thought I'd decided on which POD company I wanted to use, but now I'm not so certain. I need one that can handle some of the setup chores that are beyond me (Emily can handle a lot of computer type stuff, but I don't want to overwork her). However -- and this might come as a shock -- I don't want to get taken to the cleaners, and the budget is limited. Suggestions?

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cornerofmadness
Jan. 5th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
i've heard lulu is pretty good. that's where the anthology i'm in Nothing but red went thru. I think that for narrow focus stuff like the albion history that mightbe a good way to go
nuchtchas
Jan. 5th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
LuLu is where most people I know go through, there is also create space, they each seem to be pretty legit companies and really good for POD
ozma914
Jan. 5th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
So far Lulu and CreateSpace seem to be the most popular ones ...
cornerofmadness
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
create space was the other I was going to suggest. That's who nano uses and I get emails from them constantly
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
Yes, thanks to Nano I hear from CreateSpace all the time, too!
ex_naomi_ja
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
I don't have any actual experience of either, but researching into self-publishing I've come across Lulu and Lightning Source, as well as Amazon's Createspace. All of them have good reputations, although the finer details will probably differ greatly!
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
A few people don't like one or the other, but overall they all seem to have pretty good reputations. I've got a lot of decision making to do!
athenamuze
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Tabz JUST used Create Space.
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
I've talked to her about it, and she seems very satisfied with their service. One chalk mark on their side!
ex_angstchi
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Probably not what you're looking for, but I'll link drop anyway... A link from a feed I follow (http://twitter.com/#!/AiAuthors)

http://reviews.cnet.com/how-to-self-publish-an-e-book

ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
It wasn't what I was looking for at this exact moment, but when it comes to the ins and outs of self-publishing -- or any publishing -- you can't have too much information!
sinetimore
Jan. 7th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
You want CreateSpace or nothing, dude.

Lulu sucks for customer service. Really poor communication if you are supplying content. You don't want the headaches.

Lightning Source requires you to create your work to very specific measures, meaning you have to put out for Photoshop and that.

CreateSpace is very straightforward, no cash up front unless you go with the pro plan, $39. Renewal of the pro plan happens on the new year and is $5.

Choose smart, dude. Choose CreateSpace.

Signed,
Peter G
author, "Hannah Singer, Celestial Advocate"
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
I'm getting all sorts of recommendations, some of them contrary, but CreateSpace seems to be high on everyone's list -- and is used by you and another self-published author I know. There's nothing like direct personal experience.
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