FollowSteph Follow Steph as he posts Blog Blazer Friday

How to Publish Your Own Book – Part 1


Should you decide you want to author and publish your own book like I did (Blog Blazers), there are basically three main paths you can take. Each has it’s own benefits and risks, and each is quite different. There are actually a few more alternatives to this, but you can pretty much fit them into these options if you try hard enough. They are:

  1. Ebook only
  2. Print-on-Demand (POD)
  3. Self publish
  4. Publish through a publishing company

I’ve personally had experience with 3 of them: Blog Blazers which was initially POD but ended up being self published, and How to Generate Traffic to Your Website which is an ebook only book. The only reason I have tried publishing through a publishing company is that I haven’t been interested enough in this option yet. But who knows, that might change if the opportunity is right.

In any case, over the next while I plan to write several posts explaining the ins and outs of each publishing option, maybe even have one Questions & Answers session, and finish off with one final post with my recommendations of which publication method to use in which situation (along with some links to further information and resources). Should be a lot of fun and hopefully you’ll learn a lot along the way.

And if you don’t want to miss anything, please feel free to subscribe to my email newsletter or RSS feed. This will guarantee that you’ll get each post directly rather than having to come back each day.

Like this article?


  •     Steve Moyer
    · March 20th, 2009  · 11:37 am  · Permalink


    My son is doing a coffee table photo book about the capabilities of handicapped individuals (kind of a pictorial day-in-the-life-of thing) and needs to print ten or so copies in a pretty short time frame. Do you have a recommendation of how to do this well but without too much expense?


  •     Steph
    · March 20th, 2009  · 11:53 am  · Permalink

    Hi Steve,

    If you’re only going to print 10 books, I would just recommend going with a company like Shutterfly.com and doing a “photo book”. These are generally used for personal photo books, but if you only have 10 copies to print, it’s probably your most affordable solution.

    I wouldn’t recommend going with POD, etc. for only 10 copies. That’s considered a very small print run. Especially if you want to do a photo book. Some POD’s do offer photobooks, but at 10 copies you might just be better off going with a standard photo book.

    Btw, photo books will generally charge you a minimum price (with a minimum number of pages) and $x per additional pages. And each book will cost the same since they’re run individually.

  •     Steve Moyer
    · March 20th, 2009  · 12:10 pm  · Permalink

    Wow … thanks for the fast reply!

    He was looking at companies like ShutterFly, so it looks like he’s on the right track. Nice to have that confirmed by a professional though!

    Thanks again!

  •     Steph
    · March 20th, 2009  · 12:13 pm  · Permalink

    Hi Steve,

    You’re welcome.

    I do believe he’s on the right track. If he had planned to print more than 100 copies, POD is probably the way to go. Anywhere between 25-50 is where it becomes a much harder decision.

  •     How Much Would You Pay for an E-Book? | Still Indie
    · March 31st, 2009  · 9:02 am  · Permalink

    […] labels and musical artists). This means that there is an opportunity for independent authors to self-publish and cut out the […]

  •     FollowSteph.com - General Update
    · April 22nd, 2009  · 2:16 pm  · Permalink

    […] this is why I’ve been a bit a behind in posting. I also plan on finishing the book publishing series, but it’s going to have to take a bit of a backburner for the release of LandlordMax.  I had […]

Write a reply:



LandlordMax Property Management Software

LandlordMax is the EASIEST
Property Management
Software available!
Try it for free!

Real Estate Pigeon

Real Estate Pigeon
The place to ask and answer
all your real estate questions

Blog Blazers: 40 Top Bloggers Share Their Secrets to Creating a High-Profile, High-Traffic, and High-Profit Blog!

Blog Blazers is a book that
features secrets from the
Top 40 Bloggers on the web

How to Generate Traffic to Your Website ebook

How to Generate Traffic to
Your Website
is an ebook for
to you achieve success


More resources from Stephane Grenier:
For people who work on the web
Blog Blazers
How to Generate Traffic to Your Website
The EASIEST Property Management Software available!

Copyright @2003-2024
LandlordMax Property Management Software

Disclaimer: This is a personal blog about my thoughts, experiences and ideas. The contents of this blog are for informational purposes only. No content should be construed as financial, business, personal, or any other type of advice. Commenters, advertisers and linked sites are entirely responsible for their own content and do not represent the views of myself. All decisions involve risks and results are not guaranteed. Always do your own research, due diligence, and consult your own professional advisors before making any decision. This blog (including myself) assumes no liability with regard to results based on use of information from this blog. If this blog contains any errors, misrepresentations, or omissions, please contact me or leave a comment to have the content corrected.