Publishing Services

Your publishing needs will depending largely on the type of project. An reunion or anniversary commemorative book will have very different requirements than a novel based on an ancestor. This page introduces the various types of publishing services with additional pages discussing the services and resources available for each type.

Print on Demand

This can range from photo-sharing platforms offering prints, photo books and gifts to services that print digitized art (original artwork or photographed copies) on canvas or fine art papers. These services can be used to share copies of family heirlooms, provide souvenirs for reunions or create a fun, history-inspired gift. Sources for print on demand services include:

  • Cafe Press
  • Imagekind
  • Shutterfly
  • Snapfish

Publish on Demand

Services in this category offer affordable print and binding services and many provide a storefront where you can offer your publication for sale. There are no minimum orders – you can just publish one copy if that’s all you want. Although many provide fee-based services for editing, layout and marketing, if you’re willing to do the work yourself, your up-front costs are minimal. Some will even provide both print and ebook versions of your publication.

  • Lulu
  • Blurb
  • Family Heritage Publishers
  • My Canvas

Online Publishing Platforms

Here you can upload your manuscript and make it available from your online library with the service. You can sell your publication there and/or have them convert it to ebook formats and make it available at the online booksellers.

  • Scribd
  • Smashwords

Conversion Services

There’s also a growing number of publishing services that will take your manuscript, convert it to ebook formats, provide an ISBN and place it with the online booksellers. Some do this for a flat-fee while others want a percentage of your profit.

  • BookBaby

Become a Publisher Yourself

The major booksellers offer some great resources to help writers get published. You can “go it alone” and create your own author accounts with them. You will have to do most of the work yourself, but your costs are less and you control your publications. You become a publisher as well as an author.

  • Create Space – print and digital
  • Kindle Direct Publishing – digital only
  • Pub-It – digital only
  • iTunes Connect – digital only

Package publishers provide various levels of editing, formatting and marketing support, but at a cost.

  • AuthorHouse
  • Xlibris
  • Outskirts Press
  • iUniverse

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