This week I finished my eighth poetry book and had it printed. I find self-publishing works very well for me. Some think that by getting a book published, it is going sell and make them some money. Sadly this is often not the case. E-books on Amazon are made available on Kindle for free, but unless you pay them, they never see the light of day; unless someone specifically looks for your books.
Having learned that early on, I decided I was not going to play the “send off and get rejected” game. I publish my own books. I realize that really only immediate family and friends care about my writing, so I publish and give to family and sell a few at cost. It makes me feel good and I don’t have to worry about the competition.
I write my poems on Word and then load all of them onto one file. I make a title page and contents and design a cover page. When all this is edited, I change it to a pdf. file and take it to Office Max/Depot. By getting at least twenty books printed and using their coupons, I can usually print for under ten dollars each! The more you get the cheaper they become. They do spiral bindings and clear plastic covers also. I get them half size of the original 8.5 x 11, which makes a little wider top and bottom margins, but that is fine with me. You can see how well they turn out.
Give it a try. It is very rewarding not have to fight the competition. I do load some of my books on Kindle for those who are too far away to send a book to. I love it. You can find them under my name on Amazon.com.
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I dedicated this book to all my friends at the d’Verse Poets Pub for all their encouragement and help with increasing my knowledge of poetry.
I have been self-publishing my own books for about four years. It started with memoirs of my childhood years which I published on Amazon Kindle. In addition I published hard copies at Office Max. I write for myself and for my friends who care to read my work. This book of Haikai poems developed as a result of my connection with the Word Press blog, d”Verse Poets Pub. They post prompts three days a week along with detailed explanations of how to write different forms of poetry.
This book has sixty pages of poems and photos that I took. Since I published it in all black and white it kept the cost down. Using a discount coupon, and publishing thirty-five booklets I was able to do them for two dollars each! For books with more pages you can get plastic covers with a spiral binding. This raised the cost of the book by about four dollars each.
Give self-publishing a try. It is not that difficult. Type your poems or chapters on Word in sequence on one file. Edit and make corrections. Save the finished product in pdf form. This way it will not change when you take it to be printed. Make a separate file with your cover. Load the file with your book on a flash stick or sd card and take it to your local Office Max or Office Depot. Print at least twenty copies or more to get the best pricing. They will fold and staple them for you. You will love the results.
With a little time and effort you can publish your own books. I have been publishing since 2014 when I started writing my memoirs to pass on to family and friends. When I got into writing poetry, I began collecting my poems on a word.doc, loading them in sequence as I write them. When I get enough I edit, add the introductory pages, choose a cover, and print.
I decided to call this one Catching Snowflakes because inspiration is just like that. If I get a bit of information and don’t act on it, it was just like a melting snowflake. It disappears! Writing poetry is like making snowballs, packing those little bits of inspiration into something that collectively can make an impact.
I change the word.doc file to a pdf.file so that it cannot be changed when printed. I use at least a 16 font since they shrink down when made in half size. A flash stick is a good way to take it to get printed. The cover is done on a separate file. Office Max/Office Depot does a great job printing the books for me. With their Max perks and 20% off coupon, I was able to print them for under ten dollars each. I found it is almost as cheap to print twenty as it is to do ten. More pages give you bigger discounts. I get the wire spiral binding with the plastic cover sheets also. They turn out very nice. This is my fifth self-published book. It is a little over a hundred pages.