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GeoffreyMH
10-02-2007, 07:15 AM
Hi all

I posted this question on the newbie forum and was directed here:

I've been writing and rewriting some unique software for the last seven years. Now it's finished and ready to sell.

Because it's like no other, the documentation grew into a book Yala: How to Manage Complex Relationships. I've typeset it in Word (guided by Aaron Shephard's Perfect Pages) and it's ready to print.

I want to self publish the book in short runs and to sell it and the software myself over the net (not Amazon, not via the POD house) because I want to be able to update the book as the software evolves.

I've set up a site www.YalaWorld.Net (http://www.yalaworld.net/) that says more about it. I think the book should be 6 x 9 inches and hardback.

I've been talking to Trafford Publishing ,because they were mentioned in Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual and are represented in the UK. But I intend to market the book worldwide.

I've seen the endless criticism in AW about POD. And heard that Trafford Publishing is expensive (but I hope to make a better margin on the software).

Am I about to make some terrible mistake?

Geoffrey

PS I was recommended Diggory but their record in these forums looks a bit uneven.

Bo Sullivan
10-03-2007, 03:24 PM
You could try Discovered Authors in Mayfair London. They might be right for what you are looking for.

jamiehall
10-04-2007, 07:34 AM
Here are some of the best links for learning and deciding, and I expect some UK POD outfits are mentioned too:

http://www.sfwa.org/beware/selfpublishing.html
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/printondemand.html
http://booksandtales.com/pod/index.php
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/002630.html

Popeyesays
10-05-2007, 12:22 AM
Why not put the job out with local print shops to see what the price might be without a middle-man like Trafford?

You may be surprised.

Another thing you might consider is putting the book out in a loose leaf format so that update pages can be substituted by the individual user. Then you could provide downloads for your beta, gamma and delta software versions.

Regards,
Scott

GeoffreyMH
10-05-2007, 03:17 PM
Thank you everyone for some excellent references. The outlook ain't good.

One first impression. I am intrigued by how poor the websites of some of these people are. For example, I can't contact Virtual Bookworm by email (their feedback form has crashed), and Discovered Authors is full of broken links. What does this say?

It looks like the "local printer" might be the least bad option.

Kind regards

Geoffrey

PinkUnicorn
01-06-2008, 06:43 PM
Have you tried http://www.LuLu.com? They print for UK self-publishers as well, though I'm told the quality of the books is differant because the books come from a differant source.

jules12345
01-22-2008, 06:04 AM
Hi all

I posted this question on the newbie forum and was directed here:

I've been writing and rewriting some unique software for the last seven years. Now it's finished and ready to sell.

Because it's like no other, the documentation grew into a book Yala: How to Manage Complex Relationships. I've typeset it in Word (guided by Aaron Shephard's Perfect Pages) and it's ready to print.

I want to self publish the book in short runs and to sell it and the software myself over the net (not Amazon, not via the POD house) because I want to be able to update the book as the software evolves.

I've set up a site www.YalaWorld.Net (http://www.yalaworld.net/) that says more about it. I think the book should be 6 x 9 inches and hardback.

I've been talking to Trafford Publishing ,because they were mentioned in Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual and are represented in the UK. But I intend to market the book worldwide.

I've seen the endless criticism in AW about POD. And heard that Trafford Publishing is expensive (but I hope to make a better margin on the software).

Am I about to make some terrible mistake?

Geoffrey

PS I was recommended Diggory but their record in these forums looks a bit uneven.


Im an E BOOK publisher with isbn's etc ... (only digital isbn though youd have to get another isbn for your paper print publishing).

Haven't you thought of publishing your book as an e book also, there is a great market for this business type ebooks and our e book covers are great WITH isbn of course.

Check out the link in my profile and if your interested in going with us fully as your e book publisher then send me a synopsis of your book.

Regards
Jules