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    For the past year or so I have been writing and working on a book which is a biography of my late grandfather. A vanity publisher has stated that they would be interested in publishing it using the online self-publishing outlet, Lulu.com, and I have paid said publisher over £200 for the cost of proofreading, editing and ultimately publishing it. However, I have since discovered that whilst Lulu would distribute the book on Amazon, doing this would effectively double the price due to retail distribution costs. Amazon also run a self-publishing outlet called Createspace, however they do not distribute to Lulu due to both outlets being direct competitors. Similarly, my publisher has stated that she will not use Createspace. Obviously, as Amazon are the market leader in books, I would be concerned about selling myself short through Lulu if it where to receive less traffic. That being said, Lulu give higher royalties to publishers, so I would be able to price the book cheaper on there than I would on Createspace.

    Therefore, I have reached a bit of a dilemma. I can either:

    * Publish the book solely on Lulu.com with the potential for less publicity but higher royalties.

    * Publish the book on Lulu.com with retail distribution enabled, allowing the book to be sold through retailers such as Amazon. This would result in the costs being doubled, and also a potential issue with royalties (books sold through Amazon via Lulu would only generate forty pence per sale, due to retail costs).

    * Publish the book solely through Createspace. This would mean that I could still sell on Amazon, but not through Lulu. My publisher would not support me if I took the decision, and also would mean that I would receive less royalties due to the way Amazon work.

    * Publish the book on both Createspace and Lulu through two separate accounts. This would mean that the book would effectively have two ISBNs which might cause confusion down the line. I would however likely to be able to sell the book at a price I would like through both Amazon and Lulu, and gain sufficient royalties from both organisations.

    Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated, especially considering the time and work that has gone into the book.
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    For the past year or so I have been writing and working on a book which is a biography of my late grandfather. A vanity publisher has stated that they would be interested in publishing it using the online self-publishing outlet, Lulu.com, and I have paid said publisher over £200 for the cost of proofreading, editing and ultimately publishing it. However, I have since discovered that whilst Lulu would distribute the book on Amazon, doing this would effectively double the price due to retail distribution costs. Amazon also run a self-publishing outlet called Createspace, however they do not distribute to Lulu due to both outlets being direct competitors. Similarly, my publisher has stated that she will not use Createspace. Obviously, as Amazon are the market leader in books, I would be concerned about selling myself short through Lulu if it where to receive less traffic. That being said, Lulu give higher royalties to publishers, so I would be able to price the book cheaper on there than I would on Createspace.

    Therefore, I have reached a bit of a dilemma. I can either:

    * Publish the book solely on Lulu.com with the potential for less publicity but higher royalties.

    * Publish the book on Lulu.com with retail distribution enabled, allowing the book to be sold through retailers such as Amazon. This would result in the costs being doubled, and also a potential issue with royalties (books sold through Amazon via Lulu would only generate forty pence per sale, due to retail costs).

    * Publish the book solely through Createspace. This would mean that I could still sell on Amazon, but not through Lulu. My publisher would not support me if I took the decision, and also would mean that I would receive less royalties due to the way Amazon work.

    * Publish the book on both Createspace and Lulu through two separate accounts. This would mean that the book would effectively have two ISBNs which might cause confusion down the line. I would however likely to be able to sell the book at a price I would like through both Amazon and Lulu, and gain sufficient royalties from both organisations.

    Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated, especially considering the time and work that has gone into the book.
    You're bending over if you pay money to self-pub on Lulu, they overcharge for books, the binding and the paper are crap, and the big bookshops like Waterstone's won't carry them. Sorry.

    Your best bet is to release it as an ebook on the Kindle. High percentage royalties (I get 70% on mine) and because it's electronic, it's cheaper - so more people are likely to buy it.

    If printed copies are that important to you, I'd go with Createspace. They're less likely to shaft you. But I'd concentrate on ebooks.

    I can give you direction on ebook formatting/whatever if you need. PM me.
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    Realistically, who is going to be interested in it? Apart from relatives?

    I would see the £200 as a lesson learnt. (Did they actually do anything for it?)
 
 
 
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