What we are offering people is a way to get a manuscript out there NOW rather than later or never...
Our service is for people who have something gathering dust on a shelf or gathering dust in their minds and they suddenly say one day: "no more waiting around! I just want people to be able to walk into any bookstore small or large or go online and Order My Book!"

This costs a little bit to achieve, about $1000 minimum thru my service. The average cost, given that most authors make a few changes in the process, has been around $1200.

Print on Demand electronic printing is used. There is no warehousing of books required. The cost of books in any quantity from 1 to 100 is the same. Additional discounts are available for orders over 300 or over 500 copies.

The printers we are using are divisions of Ingrams and of Amazon. One is called Lightning Source and the other Creatspace. Ingrams is one of the two largest wholesalers in the world, Baker and Taylor being the other. Both printers operate inside the structures of these giant wholesalers so there will be no doubt in the bookstore owners' minds that these books really are available. In this day and age most public book sales happen through Amazon.

Plus we take care of the bar-code, ISBN number, Library of Congress number and doing the layout and artwork in professional-quality programs.

Our prices are generally about half of the next best deals out there.

Getting books out there without having to spend anything on pre-ordering inventory is a real plus. If a book really takes off and sales get into the thousands, there is nothing to prevent a switch to offset printing technologies, which would be somewhat cheaper in those quantities.

There is no contract required by GL Design. Ownership of a book remains with the author. If an author gets picked up by another publisher who has a budget for doing extensive promotion for free, there is nothing stopping that process. There is nothing "exclusive" about this arrangement.

Most of the tales told about going with larger publishers are woeful, however. For example: the most widely-distributed translator of Rumi poetry books ends up making so little from those book sales that he still has to have a day job!

Plus when the larger publishers promote a book it's usually in one short shot and then its over and the burden falls back on the author. So we don't make false promises in this department.

Most of the folks who want to use GL Design have already come to terms with the reality that their work will probably never get off the shelf unless they make a small investment in seeing that happen. At least this way they can get it into bookstore catalogues and on Amazon now rather than later.

Plus, the percentages of dollars on actual sales coming back to the author, according to our formulas, are much higher than what comes back to authors from 'traditional' publishing companies. Those authors who use GL Design stand to make decent percentages on sales. And since the author retains ownership, if it becomes in his or her interest to personally take on and manage distribution, there is nothing preventing that.

It is worth reiterating this important point: it's never necessary to invest a penny in inventory (except for the few books you want to pass out to your friends or sell yourself).

When someone orders your book through a bookstore, the order is automatically sent down the line by the wholesaler and books are delivered in any quantity from 1-500 at the same price. If orders over 500 start coming in, then the price goes down further. So really, for the approximately $1200 set-up price, your book is out there and no inventory investment is required.

GL Design: Book-Publishing Company

Having gone through the process of learning how to self-publish and self-distribute our own books, we have realized what fun it is to make this service available to others.

Do you have a manuscript sitting on a shelf?

Do you have one in progress?

Do you want to get it out into the world?

What we can do:

We can print your work, give it an ISBN Number and barcode, register it with the Library of Congress and make it accessible to the large bookselling chains, Amazon and to libraries through giant wholesalers, and place it in the permanent list of All Books in Print.

We can handle printing, proofing, help with cover art and design. And we can offer suggestions for advertising your books.



What we can't do:

Our printing methods are electronic. This makes it economical to print books with full-color covers. Full-color artwork on the inside pages does drive the cost up.

We can't offer to subsidize writing time or to launch major advertising campaigns for new books, but we can offer some advice to our authors about how to proceed.

We can offer very economical prices since we don't have a large staff to support, but we cannot work for free.

What do we like to publish?

Books which contribute to the dispelling of fear-based realities in all arenas, personal through international, are of special interest to us.

Of course anything related to indigenous musical worlds is of prime interest.

Books on all topics will be considered for publication.

More specifically what can we offer?

We can print your work, give it an ISBN Number and barcode, register it with the Library of Congress and make it accessible to the large bookselling chains, Amazon and to libraries through giant wholesalers, and place it in the permanent list of All Books in Print.

We can handle printing, proofing, help with cover art and design. And we can offer suggestions for advertising your books.

GL Design Publishing Pricelist

Traditional hardcover, hardcover with jacket, and paperback formats are all available.

Basic Specifications:

Page Counts: min 50, max 828

Cover Art: Full Color

Inside Pages: All Text and Artwork Black or Grayscale (Black & White) or Color (available in two levels of quality).

Initial Layout Costs:

Review Manuscript: No Charge

Electronic Format Layout in Adobe InDesign CS3: $55/hr

This includes:
Importation of Text Document Files and Cover Art Files
Layout of Cover, Title Page, Table of Contents, Book Interior and Pagination

(Note: when writing in a text document program, select a paper size and margin size setup close to the final book size you are envisioning. For example, if working in Word, use the 'page setup' under 'file' to choose an appropriate layout size. This is not essential, but can save time and help with selection of appropriate font sizes for chapter headings.)
Also please incude font files for any unusual fonts along with document submission.

Additional Layout Services:

Inclusion or scanning of additional graphics files (artwork) and manipulation in Photoshop or OCR scanning of text pages: $55/hr

Proofing: $55/hr

Average Total Initial Cost for Text-only Books: $150

One-Time Fees for Printing and Distribution Setups:

Application for ISBN number: $30

Registration with Bowker's All Books in Print: $30

Barcode creation and placement on back cover: $50

Registration with Library of Congress (book must be 50 pages minimum): $30

Writing to final PDF File: $30

Printer Setup Fee (300 pages or less): $150

Lightning Source Wholesaler Setup Fee for Distribution through Ingram in US: $150

a) Inclusion in Ingram Advance, a catalogue distributed to booksellers and libraries around the world

b) Inclusion in up to 3 Book Categories as per BISAC: Book Industry Standards And Communications

c) Inclusion in The Lightning Source Digital Catalog: a powerful tool for getting e-book titles listed with the largest wholesalers, libraries, retailers and distributors in the book industry. One of the largest digital libraries available today.

d) Detailed title listing in all daily catalogs Lightning Source provides to its US distribution partners' (e.g Ingram, Baker & Taylor, etc.).

e) Detailed title listing in all daily catalogs Lightning Source provides to its International distribution partners' (e.g Bertrams, Gardners, etc.).

f)Title summary and Thumbnail cover image preparation and inclusion in enhanced bibliographic catalog feed.

g) Includes cost of one proof copy

h) Includes two years' registration cost (after first two years, a $25 annual fee will be assessed to maintain title's availability with wholesaler).

The following services will be enabled:
Lightning Source Inc. Direct Distribution Services
Lightning Source Inc. Wholesale Services
Lightning Source UK Pty Ltd. Direct Distribution Services
Lightning Source UK Ltd. Wholesale Services
Europe POD Wholesale Distribution
Canada POD Wholesale Distribution
Lightning Source AU Pty Ltd. Direct Distribution Services
Lightning Source AU Pty Ltd. Wholesale Services
Digital Content (eBook) Distribution
Lightning Source Inc. Global Connect Program
Global Agreement
Espresso Book Machine Services
Brazil Printer Network
Germany Printer Network
India Printer Network
Italy Printer Network
South Korea Printer Network
Poland Printer Network
Russia Printer Network

 

Amazon Createspace Printing Upload: $150

Baker & Taylor Wholesaler Listing and Cover Image Uploading: $60

Add Title to GL Design Home Page at www.gldesignpub.com: Free


E-Books:

Add Title for Electronic Distribution through Lightning Source and Ingrams
(new ISBN and Bowker registration required): $150


Additional Fees for Revisions (only if required):

Changes to Book Cover:         $50 for upload to Lightning Source and Ingrams
                                                $35 for upload to Amazon Createspace
                                                $25 for upload to Baker and Taylor
                                                $25 for upload to Bowker

plus Electronic Format Layout Changes: $55/hr

Changes to Book Interior:      $50 for upload to Lightning Source and Ingrams
                                                $35 for upload to Amazon Createspace
                                                $25 for upload to Baker and Taylor
                                                $25 for making changes to Bowker Listing

plus Electronic Format Layout Changes: $55/hr

Cost of additional finished Proof Copy (optional): $40



Approximate Cost per Finished Book to Author:

Based on $15 retail price, perfect binding (paperback),

300 pages or less, black and white interior printing, Quantities 51-500: $6.00

(Prices will vary depending on exact page count, binding type, trim size, shipping costs, quantity ordered, etc)

Color printing of the interior of the book can drive the costs up considerably, but these costs are gradually coming down and technologies advance.

Division of Percentages of long-term Booksale Profits:

a) Approximate division of percentages of income from sales
when placed in Bookstores or sold to Online Vendor by Wholesaler:

    Bookstores (eg. Barnes & Noble or Amazon): 40%
    Wholesaler ( eg. Ingrams or Booksurege): 15%
    Printer (eg. Lightning Source): 15%
    Publisher (GL Design): 15%
    Author: 15%

b) Approximate division of percentages of income from sales
when sold by GL Design (Publisher):

    Printer (eg. Lightning Source): 35%
    Publisher (GL Design): 35%
    Author: 30%

c) Approximate division of percentages of income from sales
when sold by Author:

    Printer (eg. Lightning Source or Booksurge): 35%
    Publisher (GL Design): 15%
    Author: 50%

 

Binding Sizes and Costs:

3 basic categories:

1) Paperback: so many trim sizes now available it's hard to list them all here.

2) Hardcover: available in case laminate, cloth or jacketed with such marks of craftsmanship as stamping available upon request.

3) Color Interior Paperback and Hardcover Books: two levels of quality available.


Promotion:

Then, of course, the task becomes promotion. The information I've seen make it clear that the major publishing houses seldom follow through with promised promotion campaigns which match authors' expectations. This happens only for a very few lucky books. The task remains for the author to set up promotion, and has led to the following observation: 5% of the energy goes into writing the book and the other 95% into promoting it. GL Design can make suggestions to authors about the best ways to promote books.

Please Inquire.

Checks to GL Design may be mailed to:
GL Design
1930 Central Ave -- Suite E
Boulder, CO 80301
USA

For More Info email: distrib@gldesignpub.com