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September 28, 2007


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Shama Hyder

Robert-which do you suggest? Self publishing or going through a publishing house?

Susan Kruger

I agree with this approach and think John does a nice job of breaking the process down into manageable steps. I just want to emphasize step prepared for vendor issues. My first book took three vendors and seven months before I was able to get it printed. Every printer had been highly recommended by a colleague or Dan Poynter (self-publishing guru), but each had unique printer experienced a bomb threat that supposedly delayed printing by a month(?!?!). I am now on book #2 and am still experiencing some delays, such as the midwest flooding that shut down my current printer in IL for a couple weeks. So, I am learning to expect problems and it is much less frustrating!

I would highly recommend Publishers Graphic's ( good prices and great customer service. Also, be sure to consult Dan Poynter's website for the printers he endorses and his recommendations for requesting quotes. Working with the vendor can take more time than actually writing the book, but don't let that stop you from writing! Just be prepared for delays and it won't be too bad.

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