It's a good idea to start communicating with your printer in the early planning stages of publishing to get some initial estimates. These prices will likely change by the time you are ready to print but you need them to decide on the specifications of your book and develop a marketing strategy. In order to get a quote, you will need to make some decisions about the final product. Lets get started...
- Quantity: 250/500/1000/2000/5000 - these are the most feasible quantities for anything other than specialized history books or yearbooks. Smaller quantities can be printed but are not as economical per unit.
- Size: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9 or 8.5 x 11 inches. These sizes are not arbitrary, but relate to the best economics derived from the bulk press sheets used by printers.
- Number of pages: Although your page count may not yet be accurate, you will need to make some preliminary page calculations.
- Stock: The most common papers used for books are 60lb Book for the text and C1S (coated one side) 10pt cover stock for the cover. A good idea is to take a book you like to the printer and ask what weight of paper was used.
- Cover: The cover of your book is very important. Keep in mind that although you can't judge a book by its cover, many people do. If you are going to splurge anywhere, do it on the cover. You need something eye catching and durable. It is also a good idea to protect your cover with at the very least, varnish and an even better choice is laminate. Four colour process gives you unlimited possibilities, although with good design, two colours can be just as effective.