“Trust the professional” is not only something I say, it’s also something that I do when it’s my turn to hire out work. I’m not a professional photographer, editor, marketer, etc. I need to hire others to do that for me. The older I get, the wiser I get, and trusting the professional that I hire is an area that I am so glad to have grown in.
Publishing Advice and Resources
This is not an exhaustive list of print cost calculators and royalty structures for print-on-demand services by any means, but it does focus on the top two: CreateSpace and IngramSpark. Each of these services allows you to order 1-up-to-mass-quantity of your books, shipped directly to you for your own marketing strategy, or you can use these services to integrate your book into Amazon, bookstores, and libraries.
I know we have some die-hard DIY self-pubbers out there that really enjoy learning to do the work themselves. But I can guarantee you that most of them end up frustrated and surprised at just how much work is involved to get a good-looking ebook. I know because that is MY story, too.
I have assembled a handy single-sheet reference to help you choose the right trim size for your book. This is doubly helpful if you want to use the same file for KDP and IngramSpark.
The devil is in the details, and book design is no exception. There are many, many considerations that the author and the book designer need to discuss.
Here is a template that will help you perfect your 6×9 full-cover design for your paperback book. This is a 2-part overlay: front and back with bleeds and margins, including spine margin and the default barcode size and placement.