3 Tips to Save Money by Self-Publishing

In 2018, I published my first book Patched. Publishing books have costs associated with them and I want to break down how I saved money publishing and some other ideas as well.

 

Tip #1 -Grant Funding

First of allI want to start by saying that I was very fortunate to get this book self-published by receiving a grant from the Waterloo Arts Fund -that supports projects from local artist through a two phase application process. With that being said, I think it is worthwhile to search into local/regional grants in the area you live that might provide all or partial funding for a project like this. For this particular grant I applied to there was a requirement that the grant had to give back to the community in some way. So part of my proposal included that I would donate 10% of  printed copies to local libraries.

In 2018, I published my first book Patched. Publishing books have costs associated with them and I want to break down how I saved money publishing and some other ideas as well.

Tip # 2- Pre-sale/Self-fundraise

Selling copies of a your book with a pre-sale can be highly effective especially if you have an e-mail list that you can reach out to. You can offer a special incentive for people buying the pre-sale like save a certain percentage off, receiving early access to a chapter, receiving a free gift like a printed artwork or photograph. These incentives make it more worthwhile for someone to pay for something ahead of time.

In addition to pre-selling your book you could consider self-fundraising which might include a sale in your online shop or using something like a crowdfunding website where you offer something small or some kind of a gift to those who invest in your publishing project.

 

Tip # 3- Consider an online publisher- look for deals!

I used Blurb to print my book. You can look into other online publishing companies there are a lot. I wanted something Canadian since I am from Canada and I wanted more of a photo book with high quality printed photos since that is what the majority of my book contains.

A lot of these online publishing companies including Blurb has a ton of deals and discounts. I got my book printed on a Black Friday Sale and saved 50%. You can follow one of these companies in Instagram to see the types of discounts they have done in the past.

 

Factors to consider when printing a book:

Hard cover versus soft – I chose hard – I wanted a nice coffee table style book

Type of paper- I chose something with a bit of shine and a high quality photo paper

Removing the Logo of the Printing company – I chose to remove the logo as I found it distracting however this costed more

Consider Shipping – Shipping alone for me was close to $110

Consider a PDF Ebook that you can use to sell in addition to your hard cover book as a source of passive income or on your own to save even more money.

With all of my add ons and discounts I paid- (with the support of my grant) -approx. $55 per book + Shipping

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Let me know what your book will be about in the comments!

Trapped- Art installation by Jackie Partridge

“Trapped” is an art installation from 2016 that I completed during my MFA. In this installation I hand dyed and hand embroidered dishcloths and sewed together as a large quilt. I want the quilt to be seen as an aerial view of farmlands.

Above the quilt drapes a large sewn thread installation -made from white thread. The sewn piece is stitched on a dissolvable surface -that dissolves in water. The sewn structure mimics that shape of my hometown as viewed from a map and inside the shape are rows and rows of a basic symbol of a house shape.

To see more of my artwork- head over to my website http://www.jackiepartridge.com

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