Indie author options
1. Publishing service packages. A company that helps you with everything you need to publish, including getting an ISBN,. CreateSpace, an Amazon company, does a good job for competitive prices (well, not with mine). They also hook you up with distribution via Amazon.com and other online booksellers.
Lulu.com offers similar services and results. But there are significant costs for these services, including independence and control.
2. The Crrreative combo. Combine Crrreative design and editing with one of those companies. Outfits like CreateSpace can be good support outside of the creative aspects.
You can go to them with a book that has been thoroughly edited and with press-ready cover and interior files. You bypass their creative charges and use their publishing support.
3. Crrreative and you. Use Crrreative editing and design to create a professional book and then produce and market it yourself.
4. Subsidy publishers. Universe, AuthorHouse, Publish America, and Xlibris are examples of today’s subsidy publishers. You pay, but they control, even to setting prices. You can get a good product from these companies, but you will pay more and not make much. The “marketing” they do doesn’t seem to me to offer much.
Things that should concern you
- Lack of control
- Cost of printing your book
- Cost of creative services
- The price of your book
- % discount you offer booksellers
- Profit on your book
5. DIAY You can do it all yourself.