Queenie, the first elephant known to surf, circa 1950
I have been thinking, not a very smart thing for me to do. Since I finished the book called ‘Jack & Sherry’ sub title: A Love Story, now I am just waiting the proof to come in. (I hate this part of the book) I know it is good, with no errors, well maybe a couple but I have a hard time finding them. This one is so good (and since it will be mostly family) it will need no proofing. On second thought some of the kids graduated college top of their class with awards and honors and all that stuff. Maybe I better check it out better, some of ‘em may think Grandpa ain’t as smart as they thought. ;-)
A few people have said, “I have a book started about our family, but I could never get it published. I started it to let the family know where they came from.”
Just a few weeks ago an old man told me he had a manuscript written of his life, but had no idea how to get it in print. I have offered to do that for him. He had been quoted over $2000 to make a book. I told him I needed to read the manuscript, but I knew it would be much less than that.
I am guessing, I could print a 6x9 paperback if the author supplied a pdf or even a Word document of a manuscript, including photographs, for less than $175. That would include a printed proof sent to the author for corrections. If the proof did not meet expectations there would be no charge. BUT If the customer liked the proof and wanted to make corrections I would make the corrections once I received the proof back from them. The customer would then get another proof. There may or may not be a charge for the second corrections, but it would be minor. Payment would only be made if the proof was accepted. It may require two proofs. The payment would include 8 copies of the book. This is assuming a page count of less than 150. All photos even if submitted in color would be b/w. Color would add $ to the cost, I am not sure of the additional costs. I have never used color before.
OF COURSE there would be no editing nor proofing (you wouldn’t want me to proof your book anyway@!) Whatever the customer sent is what will print. it will have a simple cover with a photo selected by the author.
That was just a thought of mine. That cost would be just for time involved. And payment only if satisfied with the final product. I have never liked 'payment in advance'. Does that sound logical or reasonable? Now be honest! ;-)
As I said, I shouldn’t think. Hahahahahah
Of course the book would be for sale on Amazon. I could also make it an e-book as a small extra charge (don’t you love an Extra charge line).