How to Start
Before you begin formatting your material and start looking at costs consider the following. You need
a good idea of what your book will look and feel like before you can get a good estimate.
- Determine the binding you will use (paperback is common and inexpensive)
- Number of pages (usually in multiples of 16)
- Trim Size, width by height (5.5x8 and 6x9 are common), Paper Sizes
- Paper Weight will affect shipping and manufacturer (50lb or 60lb common)
- Quantity to order. More copies gets better prices
- Investigate a point of sale. Local book stores, library, web pages or book signing
- Gather your material in a single location and oranize into chapters
- Collect any pictures so everything is ready
Copyright Basics -
Taken from the United States copyright web site,
"Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States
(title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This
protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106
of the 1976 Copyright Act"
The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created
the work when they create it. These rights are given to every author and artist. Respect these rights
by getting the proper permissions to use someone elses work within yours.
You can research copyrights yourself at the U.S. Copyright site.