May 29, 2018
Updated March 3, 2019 – self-publishing tips for absolute beginners
Print-On-Demand [POD for short] is new tech that allows books to be printed one at a time instead of in hundreds.
Print-On-Demand means authors don’t have to buy 100’s of their own print books.
3 biggest Print-On-Demand printers are Lulu, IngramSpark, and Amazon KDP.
Lulu & IngramSpark have print facilities in Australia. Both are more expensive than KDP but Aussie authors save a lot in postage [and time].
Aussie authors wanting to print with IngramSpark must have an ABN and pay a $53 setup fee for each book.
Aussie authors wanting to get an ABN should read this how-to first:
https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/how-to-apply-for-an-abn-the-basics/ Print-On-Demand works with standard trim sizes only. For table of trim sizes see :
https://www.createspace.com/Special/Pop/book_trimsizes-pagecount.html Trim size = physical size of book after pages glued inside cover & trimmed.
Page size templates for all trim sizes can be found on the KDP website:
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201834230 Convert Word A4 pages to trim size pages via the Word Page Setup dialog box.
ISBN = 13 digit no. that identifies your book worldwide. Buy your own ISBN or accept the free one offered by KDP.
The downside of a free ISBN is that it can only be used with the company that issued it.
Aussie authors can buy ISBNs from Thorpe-Bowker:
https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/ As a rule of thumb, print, ebook & audiobooks all need their own
ISBN. Books printed via KDP are listed on Amazon automatically.
To publish Kindle ebooks go to:
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/ Amazon supplies ebooks with ASIN identifiers so ISBN not strictly necessary.
If you want to ‘go wide’ & sell with other retailers as well as Amazon, your own
ISBN is a must. Most POD printers prefer PDF files but will accept Word files.
Before converting from Word to PDF, ensure all Word fonts are embedded in the document. See:
File/Export completed Word doc. to PDF. Then upload that PDF to the POD printer of your choice. With KDP print,
royalty = List Price – Print costs. With KDP,
Print costs= Sales Channel % + Fixed Charges + Per Page Charge. With KDP, Standard sales channel % = 40% of
List Price, Expanded sales channel % = 60%. Spine of [paperback] cover = trim size & no. of pages.
KDP cover template from:
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/cover-templates Select trim size from drop down list, enter page count & paper colour, then download template. Lulu cover template from:
http://www.lulu.com/create/books Select trim size, type in page count, click Spine Width. Note down spine dimensions. Download template. Lulu cover template is for front and back covers individually. If creating your own, all in one cover, ADD the width of the spine to the width of the 2 covers to get exact measurements.
KDP & IngramSpark cover templates both include the spine and are easier to use than Lulu’s templates.
Barcodes for KDP – included at no cost.
Barcodes for IngramSpark – included at no cost.
Barcodes for Lulu – not included. Bar codes must be provided in black and white and should be 1.75″ wide x 1″ high (4.445 x 2.54 cm)
When converting covers to PDF for KDP paperback, “Press Quality” and “PDF/X-1a” both work.
When converting covers to PDF for Lulu, you are advised to set compatibility mode to PDF 1.3, but the newer PDF/X-1a works too.
Total page no. of book = pages AFTER conversion to chosen trim size [not A4 Word pages].
Amazon deducts 30% withholding tax from each sale. Aussies can claim exemption to reduce tax to 5%.
Withholding tax exemption: US TIN = Australian Tax File No.
Aussie authors must deposit 1 copy of each published book with the National Library of Australia:
https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit Aussie authors must
also deposit 1 copy of each published book with their state library: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/australia-wide Aussie authors – for Legal Deposit FAQ see: