How Do I Get My Books Published Once My Manuscript is Ready?

Written by Nickey Teoh.

Once your manuscript is ready, you have a few stages to go through.

COVER DESIGN

You would need your cover designed. An attractive cover design is an important selling point for your book. The first impression can entice potential readers to check your book out.

ISBN REGISTRATION

Once you have your cover design done, you would need to apply for the ISBN. An ISBN is needed if you want your book to get into the bookstores. If you are publishing the books for purely own circulation without the need for entering bookstores, then an ISBN is not needed.

If you apply your ISBN from the National Library of Malaysia, you would need to send 5 sample copies to them. 

EDITING

Is your manuscript already edited? Of course, your language doesn’t need to sound like some flowery literary poem. The two most important factors in getting your book edited is:
- Ensure your book is easy to read and understand.
- Ensure no grammar and typo mistakes.

TYPESETTING

Once your text has been edited, you can proceed to do the typesetting layout. Mos authors type their manuscript in Microsoft Word (A4 or Letter size). You would need to format the entire manuscript into a book layout.

PROOFREADING

Once the typesetting layout is done, proofreading is needed in order to ensure that there are no mistakes that are overlooked during the earlier editing round. Also, you would need to catch for layout mistakes or misalignment.

If the earlier editing round has been done thoroughly, you would find minimal grammar or typo mistakes during the proofreading. If possible, you should reduce heavy changes to the book layout at this stage by inserting/removing portion of text. It could cause book layout to run and the typesetter has to spend additional time to rearrange everything.

PROOF CHECKING

Once you have a print-ready PDF, if you are going for offset bulk printing, you would be given a physical mock proof to check through everything. Here you would need to check the colors, margin, spacing, font size, etc. to ensure they appear correctly.

Remember, what is seen on the computer screen may appear differently when you look at the physical proof. This is the best part to correct any size, spacing or color issues before you proceed to final print stage. But once again, try to avoid inserting/removing portion of text that would cause a major relayout in the typesetting.

PRINTING

Once you are happy with the proof checking, you can proceed with the printing. Your books are in the production stage and all you need to do is wait for them to complete. If you are printing 500, 1000 copies or above, usually it takes about 2 weeks to complete.

DELIVERY

After the books are printed, they would be delivered to your location of your choice.

DISTRIBUTION

You need to get your books distributed into the physical bookstore via a distributor.

MARKETING

It is not hard to get your book published. I would say you have your entire lifetime to market your book. The more marketing you do, the more books you can sell. There are many marketing strategies that I would share in other post. Marketing tactics include blogging, using social media, doing book talks, etc.

 

When you reach this stage, congratulations! You’ve got your first book in your hand. At this part, I would say, you either continue to write your next book, or you could go do your marketing effort.

Everything You Need to Know About Book Printing FAQ

Written by Nickey Teoh.

There is no one-size-fits-all book specification. Every book, just like any human individual, is unique and therefore your print specifications must specifically meet its needs and marketing strategies.

In this FAQ section, we do our best to guide you on choosing the most ideal specifications for your book found in the Request Quote form.

 

  1. What book size should I choose?

  2. Can you explain the different types of cover finishing?

  3. What's the difference between Gloss Lamination or UV Varnish?

  4. Can you explain the additional finishing types for the book cover?

  5. Which cover finishing should I choose?

  6. Can you explain the different paper types for the text pages?

  7. Which paper thickness I should use?

  8. I want the cheapest paper. Which is the cheapest option?

  9. Which color print should I choose?

  10. How many copies should I print?

  11. I want to print-on-demand 100 or less books. Your form doesn’t have the amount. What shall I do?

  12. I am not particular about printing a high-end book. I wish to have a low print cost or cost per unit for the books. What is your advice?

  13. I have understood what I want for my book. So what’s next?

  14. How I can have a look at the paper samples and discuss further?

1. What book size should I choose?

Popular choices among book sizes are A5, 5.5 x 8.5 in, 6 x 9 in, 5 x 7 in, 5 x 8 in, 5 in x 8 in.

A4 book size is not suitable for books that require bookstore distribution as the bookshelves size is not that large to accommodate your book size. It is more suitable for books or manuals meant for internal circulation.

If you don’t wish to follow the popular sizes in the list, you can survey other books in the market and give us your custom size.

2. Can you explain the different types of cover finishing?

Gloss Lamination – Provides a glossy, shiny & smooth texture to your book cover.

Matt Lamination – Provides a matt, non-shiny, plastic texture to your book cover.

Matt Lamination + Spot UV – Provides an additional UV glossy finishing on selected spots while the rest remains in matt lamination. Usually book titles or pictures are applied spot UV. Creates a very high-end feel for your book.

UV Varnish – Provides a layer of UV oil that creates a glossy, shiny & smooth texture to your book cover.

3. What's the difference between Gloss Lamination and UV Varnish?

Book cover with gloss lamination is thicker and sturdier, water-proof and not easy to be torn. Book cover with UV varnish is thinner and can be easily crumpled or torn.

4. Can you explain the additional finishing types for the book cover?

Hot Stamping – Provides a silver or gold hot stamping on your book cover. Usually hot stamping is applied on the book title, author’s name or logo.

Emboss – Provides an protruding stand-out embossed effect on the book cover. Usually applied on book title and sometimes on pictures. Works very well with Spot UV and hot-stamped areas.

Flaps (2 sides) – Provides additional side flaps to your book cover. Flaps usually hold additional description about the book like author’s biography, reviews, etc.

Deboss - Provides a sinking effect on the book cover, opposite of embossed effect. This option is only available for PLC Hardcover. 

5. Which cover finishing should I choose?

If you are publishing a paperback book that wants to look professional and requires bookstore distribution, choose either “Gloss Lamination”, “Matt Lamination” or “Matt Lamination + Spot UV”.

If you wish to further enhance your “Matt Lamination + Spot UV”, adding in “Emboss” over your Spot UV areas can make your book look very high-end.

6. Can you explain the different paper types for the text pages?

Simili paper – The white photocopy or printing paper. Many Malaysian books use simili paper. Common among technical or non-fiction books. Highly suitable for books with black & white printing, also works well for full color printing.

Cream paper – The brownish paper found among most international paperback books. Highly recommended if you wish to print your book with an international quality. It is also gentler for your eyes to read compared to other paper types. Highly suitable for black & white content.  

Art paper – The glossy magazine-style paper. Common among magazines or full color books. Highly recommended if you wish to publish a full color book as it enhances the sharpness and richness of the colors.

7. Which paper thickness I should use?

Simili paper & cream paper – The standard thickness is 80gsm.

Art paper – This depends on what kind of book you want. If you wish to print a magazine (think of FHM or Men’s Health style), go for 105gsm. If you want a photobook quality, go for 157gsm.

8. I want the cheapest paper. Which is the cheapest option?

Here’s the paper option in the order from cheapest to high end: Simili Paper – Cream Paper – Art Paper.

9. Which color print should I choose?

The color print you choose will greatly affect your cost. Full color print will make your book looks very rich with colorful pictures but will also increase the cost.

For somebody who wishes to have a color other than black/white to decorate your book, go for 2 Colors. Your book will be slightly brightened up compared to Black & White while at the same you don’t carry the high cost of Full Color print. The cost lies in the middle point between Black & White and Full Color.

Black & White goes well with Simili Paper and Cream Paper.

2 Color goes well with Simili Paper.

Full Color goes extremely well with Art Paper because of the enhanced richness of the colors. It works well with Simili Paper as well.

10. How many copies should I print?

For large quantity printing, we use offset printing. The more books you print, the lower the cost per unit of your book becomes.

500 or 1000 books: If you are a new author starting out, we recommend this quantity.

2000 books or more: If you have already secured a market for your book, you can safely go for this quantity.

11. I want to print-on-demand 100 or less books. Your form doesn’t have the amount. What shall I do?

Sorry, currently we're not offering print-on-demand for 100 books or less.

12. I am not particular about printing a high-end book. I wish to have a low print cost or cost per unit for the books. What is your advice?

  • Reduce the book size – A cost-economy book size would be 5 x 7 in.
  • Reduce the total pages – Ideally, your book should have a minimum of 100-150 pages.
  • Choose a cheaper color print mode – The cheapest option is Black & White.
  • Choose a cheaper paper option – The cheapest option is Simili Paper.
  • For book cover, choose Gloss Lamination or Matt Lamination for a economy cost.
  • Choose a cheaper paperback option – Paperback printing is more economical than hardcover printing.
  • Keep the cost per book low by printing higher quantity. Printing cost per unit between 500 and 1000 books has very big difference. However, after printing your books, make sure you don’t end up with a lot of stocks sitting in your house/office. Pick a balanced amount that suits your needs.

13. I have understood what I want for my book. So what’s next?

Kindly fill up the Request Quote form and click Submit. Then we will provide you with the pricing.

14. How I can have a look at the paper samples and discuss further?

Kindly fix an appointment to drop by our office at 21-B, Persiaran Pegaga, Taman Bayu Perdana, 41200 Klang, Selangor. You can contact us at 016-725 9935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..