You might be wondering how much does it really cost to self-publish your books on Lulu? Find out more below about the Lulu self publishing prices as well as some secrets that help make self-publishing easier for you.
How I Started
Today's question has three answers. The third answer is a secret you're going to want to stick around for. Because I'm going to tell you exactly how to make the most out of Lulu self-publishing regarding their prices.
Let's get into it. The question that was sent in today was, Lulu self publishing prices? The person who asked the question clearly was wondering a little bit upon how much does it cost to self-publish with Lulu?
There's a couple of issues here. You could have that side of it. You can also have the other side of it which is how much of a cut are they taking?
Both of these answers have different answers. Before we get into that, check out my free Self-Publishing Checklist. It will help you get started on your self-publishing journey right away.
So, Lulu self publishing prices? When I first got started, I started with Amazon Kindle. Then, I tried doing the Print on Demand which was CreateSpace at the time and now KDP Print.
I then went to ACX which does Audible and the audiobook formats of the book. After that, I moved over to Ingram Spark to get a wider distribution on the ebooks. Finally, I moved on to Lulu.
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The reason I moved to Lulu was that I was researching the issue, "am I losing money on not producing hardback books?" Many people like to read specific types of books and when they're going to buy it, some people don't just want the print book.
They want it to be a hard covered version of that book. Then the question was if that's the case, where exactly should I get it produced? The answer was very clearly easy, it's on Lulu.
Since it couldn't be done on any other platform easily or at a lower cost that gets exactly into the prices. In particular, it wasn't free like KDP Print was free. Because there, you could print it out.
You would get everything thrown in. With Lulu, I discovered there were some prices involved. Specifically, it was with regards to ordering a print, a proof copy of the book.
Benefits Of Lulu
So, Lulu's self publishing prices? Let's now get into the answers. First is when you're doing printed books, you are required to buy a proof copy of your book.
That can be maybe $20 or $30. Depending upon how many pages, the colors, and other things that go into it. Then, the cost of sending it to you for you to check the book if everything looks okay.
Then you can click approve on the book. Whereas, with KDP, they didn't require that. However, if you wish to have a hardback of your book and link it up to your Kindle version, your print paperback version, then you're going to definitely want to go and check out Lulu.
The advantage with Lulu, unlike Ingram Spark, is that they provide the ISBN which is the same as KDP Print. However, you will pay a fee to get that proof copy.
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Now, the other question which was regarding the prices. They take about a 20% cut which is sort of very reasonable if it's bought directly off there. And it begins to go much higher as we go to other platforms or other distribution
That is where your book will be sold through. They will take a pretty high cut. However, I can't find a place that does the whole process cheaper than Lulu. The quality of the books they're producing is fantastic.
The hardback books that I've created through them, all have been excellent. The other advantage, of course, is you're able to use your manuscript. I use the program Jutoh to put together the PDF that's used.
The ones that I use for KDP Print and Ingram Spark can also be used for Lulu. You just need to get the cover. That's the challenging part with both Ingram Spark and Lulu is you have to make the cover.
The cover takes a little bit more time. Then perhaps if you do it through KDP Print, all of them take a little bit but you can use the same tools.
Scatter Your Books
I personally like to use free tools to put the cover together for my books. The secret answer of the day is their best, as I mentioned before in hardback books at the most affordable price.
They're also available on Amazon and that makes Lulu the big winner when it comes to getting your books out in the hardback format. As you may have heard in my other blogs and videos, one of the keys to maximizing sales is making sure your books are distributed on as many channels as possible.
Into as many formats as possible. Hardcover book is a format that many authors neglect to do. Some readers simply will not buy your book unless they get it in the format that they like to consume.
I prefer reading my books on Kindle. And I like to also listen to audiobooks. I don't like to have hardback or softback.
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I got rid of all of my books a very long time ago just to save space. Also because I like to have accessibility. Whereas on my cellphone I can pull it out anytime I want.
I can simply start to consume the book. This is the reason why you're going to want to use Lulu but using it for just hardback. You won't be required to use it for the other.
So, Lulu self publishing prices? What have you found? Go ahead and let me know below in the comments. I respond to 100% of all the comments.
Maybe you found the prices to be a little different than the prices that I found. Or some other issues regarding Lulu, I would love to hear it below in the comments. Check out my other blogs and videos that answer to your self-publishing questions.