Dingaling Mike the Writer
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 09:51:17 +0000 (UTC)
Mike, my friend, you might like to take a look at this page:-
This is a site for POD (Print On Demand).
In simple, this is what it is all about. This is from memory, as it is some
time since I visited the US site, and at that time, they said they were
working on setting up partners in the UK.
As you know, the printers and publishers nowadays are able to print as many
or as few of any particular book they require, without the massive setting
up costs previously related to the work.
They now have machines that start up with a pile of paper at one end and
end up at the other as printed books (or book). Lulu is one company that
has tapped into, and has organised this. It started in America
What happens is this. You go to Lulu (named because it is a lulu of an
idea!) and place your MSS on their database. You prove and edit it to your
satisfaction, so that it may be printed into a book at the press of a
You also sort out your cover, with all its record numbers (ISBN, Library of
You decide how much you want to make per copy (say £5.00). The printer
wants £2.75 to cover paper and printing. Lulu wants £1.00 for handling.
I want you to post it, and that costs £2.00 and then tax on top, of course.
So, I want 1 copy, just one copy, so I pay Lulu, say £12.00 all up. They
tell the printer, who presses the button. The machine picks up your mss
from the hard drive, and hey presto, 5 minutes later - 1 book.
It's posted to me and everyone is happy.
It is NOT vanity publishing. The printer hopes to make his living over time
as a jobber, as do Lulu, and so do you. You do not pay a penny upfront!!!!!
Take a peep, and see what you think