I bought the necessary equipment and just did it! I have a website: www.newpubbinding.net
My prices are as low as I can go and I think I'm one of the cheapest sources out there. I've helped a few other authors publish too. I don't market their books though. Just my own. That is something I'm still learning how to do.
Most of my copies have been sold "out of the back of my car." Not literally, of course, but most of my sales have actually gone from MY hands into the readers. I've sold a few copies online and now I'm available on Amazon so I'm hoping that sales will pick up.
I've considered Amazon many times before, but, until recently, I would have lost money putting them up for sale on their site. They keep 55% of sales - or did. I only marked my price up (from my cost) 50% so I could afford to pay for the one I just printed and pay for the next one. I also don't care for $15 paperback books in my genre. Because of that, I couldn't afford to sell on Amazon until recently - Kindle has helped. Though I don't sell them for much at all on Kindle. I only sell them for $2.99. If my sales pick up I may, or may not, raise the Kindle price, but I'm fairly certain I will never bring the e-book price over $5. I firmly believe the e-book price should be lower than the paper version. But then again, I know what kind of money goes into producing both. And yet, I don't market my books (with money) like traditional publishers do, so that's one cost I don't have for either the e-book or the paperback.
There are tons of ways to market that I'm just now learning about. A lot of them require money and that's something I don't have. I have three daughters and a husband! The whole point of writing the books was to make money, not to spend it. So, I'm trying the blog thing, the Facebook thing, the making friends at forums and places like Shelfari.
If you ever sit down to write your book(s), I'd love to help you in any way I can!
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