Production and distribution are the elements of the publishing process that relate to transforming your book from a set of master files on a computer into a readily available product in the real world. The real world does, of course, include the virtual world these days, which is important to note and will be discussed further below.
A decision that every author must make relates to the formats in which they would like their books to be made available. Tealight Books works with partners that can produce paperbacks, hardcover books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Whether you decide to employ some or all of these formats will depend on your book and the ambitions you have.
It’s no secret that eBooks have transformed the publishing industry in recent years. Amazon now dominates not only the eBook market but the book retail market in general, and there are difficult decisions for authors to make concerning whether to make their books available exclusively through Amazon (for a higher royalty) or whether to ‘go wide’ with a range of retailers. Which option you choose will depend on many factors, but we can help you decide.
Getting their books into traditional bricks-and-mortar book stores is a dream for many authors. In terms of practicality, however, it is extremely difficult to do so — although certainly not impossible. We can help you to decide how much energy to expend on targeting physical bookstores in comparison to digital outlets such as Apple Books, the Kindle store, or the Rakuten Kobo store.
Print On Demand (POD) technology has transformed the way in which physical books are being printed and distributed, and we can guide you through what this means and the pros and cons of using a POD distributor (such as KDP Print or Ingram Spark) when compared to ordering a print run with a traditional printing press (such as Clays or CPI).
Our ambition is to produce books of the highest quality that will stand the test of time, and that goal will always be at the forefront of our minds as we work with clients to help them navigate the jungle of production and distribution.
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