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Don’t like doing everything online or find that SelfEspress℠ isn’t a good fit for your project? Thankfully, you also have the option of working directly with an EBM location, where knowledgeable staff can provide you with the hands-on help you deserve. Since every author has a different set of goals and needs, they can work with you one-on-one to make your self-publishing experience easy and enjoyable. The EBM consultant is available to walk you through every step of the process in person, over the phone, or via email.

What You Need to Get Started Before you can actually print your book, you need to have to print-ready PDF files – one file for the interior pages, and one for the cover. Print-ready means that all of your writing, editing, design, and file formatting is finished, and the files can be printed as is to produce your book. While some authors are able to complete the book layout and generate print-ready PDFs themselves, many authors prefer to work with an EBM consultant who can provide assistance in any aspect of the pre-press process. Depending on where you are in the process, the EBM location may be able to help you with editorial services, interior book layout, cover design, or image scanning, among other things. The most common programs used to create book files are MS Word and InDesign, but you can start your project in almost any software, as long as it can generate a PDF. Contact an EBM location today to discuss which set-up option and services are best for you!

DIY for the EBM If you are able to create interior and cover PDFs yourself, review our Submission Requirements thoroughly to ensure that your book will print properly. You can also refer to our DIY Guidelines for helpful tips. Please contact an EBM location directly to learn the preferred method for file submission.

Self-Publishing Programs Each EBM location develops their own self-publishing program, offering a range of services and set-up options specifically designed to benefit their community and meet the needs of their local market. Whether you’re a professional with print-ready files, or you want help with your book creation, an EBM consultant can work with you to bring your project to fruition and provide any self-publishing services you may need along the way.

Many EBM locations also offer a sales channel that includes upload to EspressNet, in-store display, and listing on the store website, exposing your book to the best of both the online and brick & mortar worlds. Your readers can discover your book while browsing the shelves, or they can order your book through the website of any EBM location worldwide. Either way, EBM locations will print copies on demand to fill any orders. For each book sold, the EBM location will retain an amount to cover print costs plus a small Espresso Book Machineconsignment fee (varies by location) and remit the balance back to you. For more information pertaining to all aspects of the self-publishing program, simply contact a consultant at any EBM location.

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