I'm prepping the manuscript of my novel So Dark the Night, fiddling with the cover design, composing jacket copy...and, meanwhile, looking into print-on-demand companies.
Initially, I was set to go with lulu.com: the set-up was simple, no frills, seemed to be what I was looking for. But then me old pal Robert Runte reminded me of Lightning Source. Both of us had heard good things about them but, for some reason, I'd gotten locked into lulu and had excluded other alternatives. So I've been doing some checking into Lightning Source and they seem to be much closer to what I'm looking for. Better distribution, a line into Amazon and Barnes and Noble...plus the per book printing price is about half as much as lulu, which means I can keep my cover price lower to attract more readers.
Anyone out there want to confirm (or disspell) these first impressions? I've registered with Lightning Source but only as a preliminary to getting price quotes and more information. I'm told I should expect a minimum $150 setup fee...but are there any other hidden costs or value added services I don't want or need?
Drop me a line or three, folks, let me hear about your experiences with lulu, Lightning Source, iUniverse or any of the other print on demand places. More and more authors are turning to these companies so it behooves us, as colleagues, not to be miserly with resources and knowledgeable advice.
Look forward to hearing from you.
(P.S. Don't be shy about adding links to good forums and discussion groups related to print on demand...)
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