If you’re a first-time novelist, photographer, or cookbook author, you may be tired of shopping your text to major publishing houses without any guarantee of your text being read, let alone accepted. In recent years, more and more authors have turned to self-publishing as a way to retain complete control over the creative and financial results of their work.

Authors like James Redfield, who wrote The Celestine Prophecy, Jack Canfield, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and the popular African-American writer E. Lynn Harris all got their start by self-publishing their books and selling them directly to their target audiences. Learn how you can follow in their footsteps with these easy tips on binding and self-publishing hardcover books below.

1) Understand Your Audience.

Why do you want your book to be published as a hardcover in the first place? The right answer is that a hardcover book will be more appealing to your audience. Hardcover bindings are great for any material that will be referred to frequently – think of coffee-table books, Bible, resource materials and textbooks. A hardcover binding also invests your manuscript with a prestigious, premium appearance, which may be important to certain readerships or demographics. If you picture your readers passing down your children’s book to future generations, for example, a hardcover book is the way to go.

2) Determine Your Durability Needs.

Once you’ve decided on a hardcover publication, you still need to narrow down your binding options. If you want your book to stand the test of time, you might invest in a Smyth Sewn binding. The Smyth Sewn process breaks your texts into individual pamphlets, called signatures. The signatures are sewn together by thread for extreme durability, then adhered to a flannel-backed hardcover and spine. Libraries often use Smyth Sewn bindings for books they expect to maintain for years or even decades. Though this process is probably the most expensive option available, it may be a good choice if your material will be referred to again and again.

3) Decide On Your Print Run.

If you know how many copies you will need of your book, you can easily decide whether outsourcing your book to a small print shop makes more sense, or if doing it yourself at home with a small binding machine is a viable option. Remember, for larger print runs, you will need to invest more money upfront – but it will save you time and energy further down the road. If you are interested in printing smaller runs more frequently, you should begin researching binding machines that you can set up in your office or even on your kitchen table. For truly personalized hardcover books, you can even take a book binding class at your local community college and create individually hand-bound works of art.

Answering these three questions for yourself will help you find the book binding process that’s perfect for you, your wallet, and your manuscript. Enjoy the glow of success that comes from being a published author!

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