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We make it easy to Self Publish, with help from start to finish. We've helped thousands of self-publishers just like you. We've got lots of helpful information on our website, or just give us a call. We're happy to answer all of your questions over the phone. Whether you're new to Self Publishing, or you're an expert Self Publisher with several titles already in print, we can help get your books printed fast.
Are You Just Getting Started with Self Publishing?
We encourage all of our authors to do as much themselves as they can. From layout and formatting to PDF conversion, we can help you to do it yourself, which will save lots of time and money. We're always available to answer any questions you may have, and if you'd rather just give us your raw Word files and have us do the formatting and PDF conversion for you, we're happy to do that, too. We can help you to design your book, from the size of your pages to what fonts to choose for your chapter heads. And we can help with the layout of your cover, too. Our Create-a-Cover is an inexpensive option that lets you select the basic look of your cover. Then you upload whatever photos or artwork you'd like included, and we'll put everything together to make a professional book cover at a fraction of the cost.
Are You Already a Self Publishing Expert?
Maybe you've already been through the process of design, layout, file preparation, final proofreading, and printing your book. If that's the case, you probably won't need most of the extra help that we've got to offer. But we're still the FASTEST book printers in the world. And with unique capabilities that many of our competitors can't offer (like case binding, coil binding, full-color printing and combo books - books with a combination of some black-and-white pages and some full-color pages), we've got a lot to offer the seasoned self publishing expert. You may not need our help most of the time, but it's nice to know we're still here for you if you run into trouble with something. We've got a great group of customer service people, so call us today, and we'll be happy to help you in any way we can.
We make it easy to self publish, with help from start to finish.
We've helped thousands of self-publishers just like you. We've got
lots of helpful information on our website, or just give us a call.
We're happy to answer all of your questions over the phone. Whether
you're new to self publishing, or you're an expert self publisher
with several titles already in print, we can help get your books
Once you're finished writing your book, you may wonder, “What do
I do now?” Not to worry! Below we've outlined some steps to take
that will get you started in the self-publishing process!
Step 1: Edit/Proofread
Don't forget to proofread your book before you send it to us for
printing! The best way to keep your costs low is to proofread
carefully at every step. Your costs start to increase if we have to
go back and forth with multiple revisions of your files. Try to give
us trouble-free "ready-to-print" files from the beginning.
We recommend reading and re-reading your book until you can't stand
it any more – and then reading it some more. Find family members or
friends who are willing to look through your book for typos or
grammatical errors. You can even hire someone to do the proofreading
and editing for you if you'd like.
Editing your book is perhaps the most tedious part of the
self-publishing process, but trust us, you'll be glad you did it!
There's nothing worse than holding your finished book in your hands
and realizing there's a misspelling on the first page.
Step 2: Apply for an ISBN and Copyright
You may be wondering: What exactly is an
An ISBN is an “International Standard Book Number.” It
identifies books and book-like products (like audiobooks) and its
purpose is to establish one title from one specific publisher,
allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers,
libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.
To make it simple? An ISBN is like a serial number that identifies
the publisher, author, and title of a book (as well as other
More than likely, you'll need an ISBN if you plan on selling your
book (and you’ll definitely need one if you plan on
selling it in bookstores).
You can purchase an ISBN from isbn.org,
and it will be emailed to you directly. Keep in mind that if you’re
planning on publishing several books, it may be more cost-effective
to purchase blocks of ISBNs. You can purchase 1, 10, 100, or even
1,000 at a time and use them whenever you have a book ready to
An ISBN is not the same as a bar code, although the ISBN
is used to create a bar code. You must have an ISBN if you
want a bar code on your book. (A bar code is like a price
tag; it’s the graphic with vertical lines that gets scanned
whenever an item is purchased).
While we do not sell ISBNs, we can
provide you with a bar code for $20 if you tell us your ISBN.
It may take time to get the ISBN number, so if you know you're
going to want one, it's best to order it up front.
What exactly is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S.
Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship
fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both
published and unpublished works.
According to the Library of Congress, your work is under copyright
protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that
it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or
device. Basically, once you've written your book, you are
automatically the copyright holder.
However, you will have to register with the Library of Congress if
you want to be able to file a lawsuit based on the infringement of
your work (if you want your copyright to hold up in a court).
It can take several months for a copyright application to be
approved, so we recommend researching this as early as possible! Many
authors do choose to get their book printed while they are waiting to
hear back from the copyright office.
All of this information and more can be found on www.loc.gov.
Step 3: Format Your Book
Next you'll need to decide how you want your book to look. What
size do you want it to be? You may want to visit libraries or
bookstores to get an idea of what size books similar to yours usually
are. We have four standard sizes available (4.25 x 7 inches, 5.5 x 8.5
inches, 6 x 9 inches, and 8.5 x 11 inches) but we are able to trim to
almost any custom size (we can even print books as large as 12 x 12
Once you decide on a book size, you'll need to format your document to that size. If you're not sure where to start, check out our Free Book Templates. We've also written a blog post that describes in great detail how to layout your book in Microsoft Word. Click here to read it. (It will open in a new window, so you won't lose your place here.)
Step 4: Design Your Book Cover
Every book has a front cover and a back cover, no matter how
simple you want your book to look. When you submit your files for
printing, you'll need to send us files for both the inside pages and
for the cover. When it comes to designing a book cover, you have a
Design the cover yourself: You can create your cover in three separate pieces (front, back,
and spine) or in one piece that will wrap around the entire book.
Choose whichever method is easiest for you! We have some helpful
information about what size you'll need to make your cover in the "Before I Place My Order" section of our Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) page. Of course, if you have questions or need some
guidance, you can always give us a call and one of our techs can
Choose our Create-a-Cover service: Our Create-a-Cover is an inexpensive option that lets you select
the basic look of your cover. Then you upload whatever photos or
artwork you'd like included, and we'll put everything together to
make a professional book cover at a fraction of the cost. Check out
more information about our $100 Create-a-Cover service.
Hire a graphic designer: This is the best option if you're not able to design the cover on
your own but have something complex in mind for your cover. A local
graphic designer can work with you one on one to make your book
cover look exactly how you want.
Step 5: Make Sure Your
Files Are Print-ready! (Proofread AGAIN)
Once the design work is done, and you're sure that your pages are the proper size, make sure all
of your files are print-ready. We require PDF files for printing, so
you'll want to convert your document into that format. You can
convert your files to PDF by choosing “File > Save as > PDF”
if your computer offers that option. If you don't see that option,
you can try downloading our free PDF converter). Or, if
you're a new self-publisher and don't want to mess with it, just send
us your Word files and we'll convert them for you for $50.
After you save your file as a PDF, be
sure to check the PDF file CAREFULLY before sending it to us for
printing. Any errors on your PDF will show up on all of your books.
Your book cover can be in PDF format or can
be saved as a .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .gif, .png, .tif, .tiff,
.bmp, or .eps file.
Step 6: Place an Order and Submit Your Files
Finally, a simple step! Our Cost Calculator makes it easy to determine how much printing and binding your book will cost. Fill out the cost calculator, and if you're ready to
place an order, simply click the big red button. Our online ordering is fast and easy – of course, if
you have any problems you can give our customer service reps a call
and they'll be happy to walk you through the process!
After your order is placed you'll be prompted to upload your files directly
to your order.
Step 7: Review Your Proofs (Proofread AGAIN!)
We will send you PDF proofs of your files to review before we print your
books. This is your absolute last chance to catch anything that you
want to change before we print your books. Remember, we are book
printers; all of your proofreading and editing should already
be done long before you send us your files. However, we know the
editing process is never truly over, so we like to give you a chance
to triple-check your work.
We'll send you proofreading instructions along with your proof files. Be
sure to review them before signing off. They'll give you some help in proofreading your files, but they can summed up in two simple rules:
Rule #1: Never sign off on a proof if it is not correct.
Rule #2: Never assume anything.
Open your files and proofread them CAREFULLY. They should open in Adobe
Acrobat or the free Acrobat Reader. Please pay special attention to make sure everything is
exactly the way you want it. If something doesn’t look right,
ZOOM IN to see fine detail and to make sure the layout and fonts are correct.
PHOTOS and ARTWORK: If
you’re not sure if your photos are high resolution, we recommend
viewing them at 200%. If your photos look rough at 200% on your
screen, they’ll probably be rough when they’re printed in your
PAGE SIZE: Make sure the page size is correct.
COLOR MATCHING: Don’t trust a PDF proof for color matching. There are big differences
between a computer monitor and a printed piece. If you’ve got
colors that you want to match, either send us a printed sample and
we’ll try to match it, or get a Printed Proof of your book and make
sure the color is right. Make sure the book is EXACTLY the way you
want it. When you sign-off, you’re telling us to print EXACTLY like
the PDF proof.
READY TO SIGN-OFF? When you are finished proofreading, log into your 48HrBooks account, click
on the “Signoff” link, and either “Approve” or “Reject”
your proofs. But please remember, once you sign off, your books go
into print. You won’t be able to make any more changes.
Step 8: We Print Your Books!
Once you sign off on your proofs, we'll start printing and binding your
books! Now all you'll need to do is wait (this may be the toughest
part of all)!
Here is where the "48HrBooks"
clock starts ticking. Keep in mind, we don't count Saturdays, Sundays
or Holidays, and each day's cut-off is 5:00 pm EST for Standard
Production, 3pm EST for Rush, and noon EST for SuperRush. Any
approvals after these cut-off times will be counted as the following
day. Example: If you OK your proof Monday at
4:45 pm EST, your books will ship Wednesday. But if you wait 20
minutes longer and don't OK your proof until 5:05 pm EST on Monday,
the approval will be counted as Tuesday, so your books won't ship
Perfect bound books will ship in 2 days,
coil and casebound books will ship in 5 days. Don't forget to add
shipping time! Our standard shipping method is UPS Ground from Akron,
Ohio so keep in mind that it may take several days for your books to
ship. Be sure to contact us if you have a specific need-by date
and our customer service reps will work with you to find the most
cost-effective way to get you your books on time!
Step 9: Market and Distribute
While we don't offer marketing or distribution services at 48 Hour Books, we do know this is one of the
most important steps in self-publishing. How you market yourself and
your book will determine how well your book will sell – and how
much of a profit you'll make! Below are some tips and tricks for
marketing and distributing your book:
Make use of social media. It may seem
like a no-brainer, but promoting your book on social media such as
Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest will be your most inexpensive and
possibly your most effective method of getting the word out about
your book. Be sure to share the info with friends, family members,
and other acquaintances. Who knows? You may know someone who knows
someone who will want to help sell your book!
Contact bookstores. You may have better
luck with smaller, local bookstores, but it never hurts to ask every
store possible. See if stores in your area will sell your book and
research what needs to be done to get your book into larger chain
bookstores. Don't forget college bookstores!
Set up book signings and release
parties to get the word out! Nothing gets people more excited than a
party (HINT: especially if there is food involved). Set up flyers
advertising your book signing or release party around town and make
sure you'll have plenty of copies ready to sell the day of your
Sell your book online. 48 Hour Books
can ship books directly to Amazon if you provide us with shipping
labels (you will need to coordinate this with Amazon ahead of time).
See if other online booksellers will put your book up for sale as
well! It also never hurts to have a website dedicated to your book.
On your website, post information about you and about the book –
including how to contact you to purchase a copy. That way, if
someone is searching for your book online, they'll have a resource
available with all of the information they'll need to know.
Hire a marketing or distribution team. While we don't have any recommendations at this time for specific
companies, we know there are a lot of highly qualified marketing
consultants or distributors out there who can help! Hiring
professionals may save you a lot of time and effort if you're
willing to pay for the help. Do some research online for book
marketing and you'll be amazed by the amount of information that is
Self Publishing and 48 Hour Books --
A Great Publishing Team!