Question on on-demand publishing

Subject: Question on on-demand publishing
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 14:36:47 -0400

Well, the good news is that someone contacted me based on a Google AdWords listing. Yay!

This fellow is looking for someone to edit/design/typeset his book (me). Again, yay! The book is a juvenile (target audience 12- to 18-year-olds) how-to sports book (the author is a coach).

But he says he already has found "a publisher." So I asked him about that, and he pointed me to a site of a company that looks like it would have been called a vanity press a few years ago. However, they do actually provide some services, such as print-on-demand, distribution, accounting, getting an ISBN for the book, some sort of limited marketing (I question that part), etc.

My first question, for those of you who have gone the self-publishing route, is whether it makes sense to use such a service at all, rather than just finding a print-on-demand vendor and handle the rest of it myself.

My second question is whether you can recommend such a printer (in Southern California, if location matters).

My third question, if working through a vanity publisher really does make some sense, is whether you have any experience with or have any knowledge of Trafford (; and might there be complications dealing with a Canadian company?

The answers to these questions will affect how I structure my proposal to the client, in terms of optional services beyond the editing and design services; so I'd appreciate any advice you can offer.

This may be just barely brushing the edges of on-topic for techwr-l; feel free to write me off-list.





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