View Full Version : Publishing some illustrated books later, any advice ?

01-04-2008, 05:39 AM
Hello. This is my first post here, so excuse any fumbling.

I'm looking into publishing a few books that are heavilly illustrated with colour images, a full page image on all odd pages. Is Lulu capable of making color pages ? I'm thinking of making a few through them for unpublished sample books.
Or, is there a better place to go for this plan ?

This is what I make...





01-04-2008, 06:12 AM
Actually, given that heavily illustrated books tend to be expensive, and self-publishing a book tends to drive up the cover price, I'm not sure combining the two would be very viable.

I do know that a number of self-publishing companies either won't do it or charge very high prices. Does anyone have direct experience with this?

01-04-2008, 06:17 AM
If you want to do samples of your work to share with publishing companies, with an eye to getting work as an illustrator and cover designer (and gosh, you certainly have the chops!) I think you'd be much better served investing the money in a high-quality website.

You can post unwatermarked images at high resolution in a password-protected area, and share the passwords with art directors in an email query.

In general, sending more paper to publishers is not the way to win their hearts. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck by doing a password-protected Web gallery.

01-04-2008, 07:03 AM
password-protected Web gallery.... That sounds like a good plan. I shall learn about them !

01-04-2008, 05:07 PM
password-protected Web gallery.... That sounds like a good plan. I shall learn about them !

Wow! Can I contact you about my next children's book? I'm serious.

01-04-2008, 08:59 PM
Another option if you have a color printer or could get the illustrations made at a print shop would be to get a thermal binding machine and some covers and make the books yourself. Thermal binding machines can be had for about $100 at the low end so depending on how many you intended to make that might work for you.

How many illustrations/pages do you have? What size of a book are you wanting? Hard cover? I may be able to make a couple out for you if you want (no charge). They probably wouldn't be as nice as Lulu or another printer, but if you're interested PM me.

02-25-2008, 11:25 PM
Well, I think I have about 75 images , but I want to rework some earlier pics, as I teach myself to make these , I get better with each one.

I'm going to look into that binding maching later. Sounds like a good idea. I'd like to make some books at my own pace, to sell at the conventions and events I sell at, and printing and binding at home would be great to do, until a publisher finds my book idea a good one.

I actually hadn't thought up the book idea myself. It was the convention attendies who keep asking for them. I was looking to maybe sell large posters someday, but I like the book idea better now.

Sure Honeycomb. We can look into it. I'll take a peak at your website to get a feel for your work.

04-03-2008, 10:08 PM
Hmmm... Getting my profile picture and signature to show themselves seems to be an adventure in itself.... ??!

04-03-2008, 11:01 PM
All three of my books are via POD. I provided the cover art. That shaved off the cost the POD companies charge for that service.

The only company that got difficult with me was Author House. They said that because the colors used on the front wrapped around to the back, that it constituted a "custom" back cover and hit me for a whooping $250.

Had I kept the cover color black I could have saved the $250, however, I too much work went into the job to scrap it.

Other than that I've had no problems having my own covers.


04-24-2008, 05:52 AM
I put my first book together with Viovio. I'm waiting for my first few books to arrive to see how they look. I got full colour on front and back, no nasty price increase.
A person bought the first copy from the company on the day I published, and got it in less than nine days. She says it looks REALLY good, so now I'm just going nuts, waiting for them to get here. I only could afford 4 of them, but three are now slated to be signed and mailed off ASAP.

05-01-2009, 06:08 PM
One concern would be ownership of the photographs you use in your artwork. If you've purchased the right license from a stock photo site, or took the photos yourself, you should be fine.

05-01-2009, 06:11 PM
I would suggest doing aome carefully costing of different serrvices. You might look at Blurb--they specialise more in photo books.

05-04-2009, 06:10 PM
An old thread I know - but just a few more thoughts regarding online image protection:

Post at a resolution that they look good online, but can't be printed - 600 or so pixels high for example.

Register your images. Thats the key to enforcing infringement.

Realize anything that can be viewed, can be copied. Right click protection and other similar safeguards are next to worthless.