Ordering printing can be intimidating

Written by Robert Kennedy

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http://www.reprotechprint.com/printing_terms.htm 3)Have a general idea ofrepparttar quantities you would like to purchase. If you’re not sure don’t be afraid to ask your printer to provide a quotation on several different quantities. In printing,repparttar 126379 more you orderrepparttar 126380 cheaperrepparttar 126381 per unit cost is. Here are a couple of online price calculators demonstrating this: Business Cards; http://www.weprintcolor.com/businesscardscolour.htm Postcards; http://www.weprintcolor.com/postcard_index_4x6.htm 4)Will you provide a ‘print ready’ digital file? When I say ‘print ready’, it is important that you understand this. Many printers will attempt to print from a ‘none print ready’ file. This will sometimes lead to undesirable results. Here is a couple of links to help you with this: Free digital file inspection; http://www.weprintcolor.com/upload.htm Specifications for sending files; http://www.weprintcolor.com/SendingFiles.htm

Once you have gathered education withrepparttar 126382 terms us printers use you will understand , more clearly, what you are getting for your money. You will also appear more educated in your future purchases.

The moral of my story? Buyers need to be more armed with knowledge to make an educated purchase and sellers need to be sharp, knowledgeable and willing to share this knowledge…Everybody wins.

Robert is regarded as an industry expert is print and design. Online since 1999, Robert was one of the pioneers that brought graphic design tools to the web. For online graphic design solutions visit http://www.weprintcolor.com

Raise Your Hand If You'd Consider Giving Up The Rights To Your Book Forever

Written by Mark Levine

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3. Ifrepparttar Publisher offers less than 30% Royalties onrepparttar 126378 Gross Sale Price Find Another Publisher

The royalties paid should, at a minimum, be 30% ofrepparttar 126379 sales prices of each book. Be wary of contracts that give you some high percentage ofrepparttar 126380 net sales price. This is where fuzzy math can creep in and take away almost all your profits.

The factors you should use to determine whether or notrepparttar 126381 proposed royalty is acceptable are:

•Whether it is based onrepparttar 126382 gross or net sales amount (and if based onrepparttar 126383 net sales amount,repparttar 126384 calculation must be on hard numbers (production costs, credit card processing fees, etc.) and not vague items ("administrative costs", etc.); •The actual production cost ofrepparttar 126385 book (Production costs on POD books should be between $3.50 and $5.50. Anything higher than that and you can bet thatrepparttar 126386 publisher is padding this amount to lower your actual royalty); •The size ofrepparttar 126387 publisher's distribution network and traffic torepparttar 126388 publisher's online store (the more places your books are for sale,repparttar 126389 more chance people have to find them); and •Marketing effortsrepparttar 126390 publisher engages to inform readers of your book (if a publisher actually spends money to help sell your book, a lower royalty is not out of line). •Whetherrepparttar 126391 publisher treats itself like a third-party retailer (e.g. Amazon.com) and gives itself a trade discount to sell you book (For example, for a $15 book, Amazon gets $7.50 for each book sold, thenrepparttar 126392 remaining $7.50 is divided betweenrepparttar 126393 author and publisher basedrepparttar 126394 royalty agreement. Some publishers give themselves a trade discount so in effect they end up making 80% of each sale for a book that you paid them to publish!)

Again, these are justrepparttar 126395 basics ofrepparttar 126396 basics, but they providerepparttar 126397 building blocks ofrepparttar 126398 foundation of knowledge you will need to have before you sign a POD publishing contract.

Mark Levine is the author of The Fine Print (www.book-publishers-compared.com), which dissects, analyzes and ranks the publishing contracts and services of 74 of the top POD publishers. He is also the president of Click Industries which provides business incorporation services (www.clickandinc.com) and copyright registration services (www.clickandcopyright.com)

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