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In a nutshell, they offer a book printing solution at wholesale printing prices. You can have color printing which is ideal for children’s books, cookbooks, and any other book which have more visual content than written.

If you require anything different from the norm then this can be catered for as well. You can have a book as small as 4 x 6 up to as large as 10 x 12, and these can be printed in either portrait or landscape.

If you require any special touches added to your book then you can have any of the following:
CD pockets and insertion
Foil stamping
French flaps
Ribbon markers
Spot finishes
Specialty color end sheets
Specialty color headbands and foot bands
Textured solid case wraps

There are also several different types of binding that you can have. They are as follows:
Adhesive case
Fully concealed wire-o with hardcover
Lay flat
Perfect bound
Plastic coil—for hardcover or paperback
Side sewn
Thread seal
Smyth sewn

Actual book design is an important part of any book because it is the first thing your readers will see so it’s essential that you get this part right.

You can view book cover examples to see what can be achieved plus look at the manuscript and interior formatting guidelines.

Every section has detailed explanations of how your book should look and an FAQ section to cover any questions that you may have.

The next step would be to highlight any issues with the actual text of your book. You have the choice of two different types of editing – the basic and the comprehensive, the costs are 2 cents a word through to 3.5 cents per word.

Plus if you’ve made any reference to any other form of intellectual property then permissions will need to be secured.

Ebook Publishing

Another option to consider is having your book turned into an ebook, and this can be for the Amazon Kindle Reader plus several other Kindle apps. The file type used for this is MOBI.

The second file type used is EPUB which is referred to as the universal ebook format and allows people to read ebooks on laptops and PC’s plus other devices such as the Nook and Sony Reader.

There is another file type called PDF and this file type can be read by any ebook reader but can not be sold through Amazon or iBookstore.

Book Distribution

This is by far the most important step any author can take because it defines how you will make sales. This includes distribution at Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Barnes & Noble (online and retail).

Book Marketing

There are the traditional methods such as hiring a publicist through to using Twitter, Facebook, and Google. But before this can be looked at, a marketing plan will be your first step because each plan is different depending on the type of book and who it is aimed at.


There are many publishing websites available, with an obvious competitor to being CreateSpace which I found to be one of the best, if not the best publishing option available.

But is by far one of the most comprehensive publishing sites I have seen and reviewed in what is a very crowded – if not lacking in quality – marketplace. They have everything covered and the explanations are understandable and thorough.

If you have any experience with, we would love to hear your comments below.

Neil – WFHW

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