POD Guide for Authors

zero-contentPrint on demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which copies of a book (or other document) are not printed until an order has been received, allowing books to be printed singly, or in small quantities.

Why is POD so important for self-publishers?
The answer to that question is simple, there is no reason to hold inventory or to invest heavily in stock. This allows you to ensure that you can invest where it counts – and that’s in marketing and promoting your books. In this webinar we covered every aspect of the POD industry. On thing must be noted is that you will need to have your own ISBN to ensure that your book gets full distribution. 

You MUST have an ISBN if you want to sell you book through book chains, and most independent stores now also require ISBNs. After you receive your ISBN you can immediately register your book with Books In Print.

What is Books in Print? It's a listing of all books in print in the United States. If someone goes to a book store and asks for a book that's not on the bookstore shelf, the clerk can look up the title on the computer using Books in Print, and find out all of the ordering information and thereby get the book for that customer. If your book is not listed there's no way for the bookstore clerk to know it exists! You HAVE to get your book in Books in Print! It's free a listing, so money is no object.

EAN Bar Codes (EAN) or European Article Number Bar Codes are the equivalent of a UPC. It’s a 13-digit-code which allows your book to be scanned. You do if you want to sell your book in both Western and Eastern Europe its a good idea to have an EAN.

The Guide to Getting Your Word Doc Ready For Print on Demand
Step 1
Go to Page Set-Up in Microsoft Word. At the margin tab set:
Top 0.75
Bottom: 0.75
Inside: 1.0
Outside: 0.75
Gutter: 0

Your Orientation should be portrait.

Also, in the middle of the pate you'll see a pull-down box for "Multiple Pages." Select "Mirror Images"

Got to Page tab and set:
Paper Size: Custom
Width: 5.5
Height: 8.5

Go to Layout tab and set:

Headers And Footers:
Different Odd and Even (Check this box)
Different Front Page (Check this box)

From Edge:
Header: 0.5
Footer: 0.5

That takes care of the page layout.

Setting the Header
Next go to the "View" tab and go to header and footer, then choose header. For the odd header, put in the book title, for the even header, put in the author's name

Page Numbers
Go to the "Insert" tab and go to the page number option. Pick the "outside" option for placement of the page numbers.

Make sure you change your tab settings!
Go to "Format" on your tool bar. Choose the "paragraph" option. Click on the bottom of the page and click "tabs." In the "Default tab stops" box, change "0.50" to "0.25."

Also, if you like the drop case on the first letter starting a chapter (I do), highlight the first character, then to go the "Format" option on your tool bar. Choose drop cap, and then choose the "drop" layout. I like the 3 lines dropped, but if you prefer more or less, go to the lines dropped box and type what you'd like.

Then you've got to go to "select all" under the "edit" tab and once your manuscript is entirely highlighted go to "format" and change your manuscript to single-space.

Then go to font and change it to "10.5" or "11," (11 is my preference).

For font type, I still like Times New Roman.

Did you know that books only have one space after a period, not two like most written material?

So you've got to delete all those extra spaces throughout your manuscript. Don’t panic.

Go back to the "edit" tab. Select "replace." In the first box, where it says "find what" type a period and then add two spaces. Tab down to the "Replace with" box and type in a period with one space. Then move down to the bottom of the box and hit replace all. Microsoft will let you know how many changes it made. It's like magic.

Go back to edit, and do another select all. Once your manuscript is highlighted, go ahead and justify your manuscript.

Once you've done that, you have to worry about leading. Even if you justify you have to go through your manuscript, line-by-line, and make sure that your justification didn't cause one of your lines to look like this"

"Th is is what could happen if there too few words to look well spaced out."

Okay, if you find a line like that, highlight the line, and right click on it, and then choose the "font" option. Then go to the "character spacing" tab. You'll see your highlighted line in the preview section of the box.

Start experimenting to make the line look right. You can either condense it, or expand it. Expanding it may force to the next line, but usually works better than condense it, in my view . .. unless the line is the last line in a paragraph. Then it's usually best to just condense it.