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Self-Publishing Guide

Self-publishing is a great way to publish your book without the need of a traditional publisher. Although the process can seem overwhelming for new authors, we are here to help.

You can find out which mistakes to avoid, the pros and cons of self-publishing, and how to self-publish any type of book with our in-depth guide. We’ll show you step-by-step what to do.

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Self Publishing Guide

Book Publishing Process

Before you publish your own book, it’s helpful to get an overview of what is involved. We’ll help you see and understand the complete book-publishing process, including how to publish a book from start to finish. From writing to printing to marketing (and everything in between), you’ll get an in-depth look at the book publishing process before you begin.

Discover your options for publishing your book, the best way to publish for your book type, and the different kinds of publishing companies available.

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Free Book Templates

Book templates are a simple way to get a beautiful, professional-looking book in no time. When you use book templates, you are assured that your book will be properly formatted in the correct dimensions for printing. You can use free book templates from 48 Hour Books to easily format your book’s interior pages and cover design. Learn everything you need to know about book templates, including what they do and how to use them.

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You can print your own book with book printing services from 48 Hour Books. We offer a wide range of book printing options, including multiple sizes, color photos, and cover types. You’ll get your book fast, too: We print books in as little as two days, so you could be holding your printed book in no time. Give your book to friends and family, hand out copies to colleagues and prospects, or sell your own books wherever you want. The options are up to you.

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How to Make a Book

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Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

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Q Do you have book templates I can use?

Yes, we do. You can download free book templates from our Templates Page. We currently have templates for your inside pages, which can be used in Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Open Office, Pages, and just about any other popular word processing program. We also have free book cover templates available for Adobe inDesign. We also provide PDF cover templates that can be opened and used Photoshop and other design programs, or simply used as a reference for how to set up your cover.

Q How fast will I get my books?

Once online proofs are approved, we print and bind perfect bound (paperback) and saddle stitched books in 2 business days, and spiral coil bound or casebound (hard cover) books in 5 business days. You'll also want to factor in shipping time, which will be estimated for you once you enter your zip code into our instant cost calculator. We do offer expedited production (even same day service) and shipping if needed. Contact our customer service team via email, phone, or online chat if you have a "need by" date, and we'll be happy to help you find the fastest and most cost-effective option for getting books when you need them! Check out our production schedules and shipping schedules for more info.

Q Do you offer cover design?

48 Hour Books offers both fully custom cover designs and create-a-cover templates. With our custom designs, our graphic designers work directly with you to create your own custom cover. If you prefer, we offer an array of design templates that are a great alternative to a custom cover. With this create-a-cover option, our designers will incorporate images and content provided by you into our existing layouts. Learn more here.

Q Do you offer ISBNs and barcodes?

Yes, we do! Your book doesn't have to have an ISBN, but if you're planning on selling it through major bookstores or online bookstores, you'll need one.

At 48 Hour Books, we bundle the ISBN with a barcode to save you money. Just download our ISBN Application Form (USA), fill it out, and email it back to us. (This is only for the United States and its territories. Canadian customers should get their ISBN through CollectionsCanada). A single ISBN & barcode is $125, a block of 10 ISBNs & barcodes is $450 ($45 each), a block of 100 ISBNs & barcodes is $2,000 ($20 each), and a block of 1,000 ISBNs & barcodes is $4,000 (just $4 each).

Be sure to order your ISBN before we set up your cover artwork, and don't approve your cover artwork if your barcode isn't on it. The ISBN process only takes a couple of hours, so in most cases it shouldn't effect your deadline. But if it does, we can always print your books without a barcode, and print barcode stickers that you can put on the books after you get your ISBN.

Please Note: All purchases of ISBNs are FINAL. Once an ISBN has been purchased, it cannot be returned. There are no refunds available for ISBNs. Click here to learn more about ISBNs.

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