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Self Publishing A Coffee Table Book

If art or photography is your thing, self publishing is an option. But if you want a coffee table quality book, it's not going to be easy...or cheap. Take the concerns you normally have with the archival nature of your work and multiply them.

Self publishing your photography or art in the form of a book means taking responsibility for



  • preparing your work for reproduction
  • design and layout
  • paper quality
  • ink quality
  • binding quality
  • Translation: there's an overwhelming amount of detail to concern yourself with before you even get to think about the marketing and selling of your book. And of course, self publishing photography and art is expensive.

    You'll be facing the same cost-per-unit dilemma that text publishers do...only multiplied. Do a small press run (in case the books don't sell) to keep your total cost relatively low, or invest in a huge press run to keep your per unit costs relatively low?

    Posted below are the real-life self publishing experiences of artists & photographers who have self published...and survived. Some of them have even gone on to do it again!

    Here's your opportunity to learn from those who have been there, done that. You'll read about successes and setbacks.

    Learn from their mistakes. Build on their successes.

    These self publishing stories are posted free for your use. I ask only that you take the trouble to Rate and Comment on each account that you read. That way the more helpful ones will rise to the top. After all, this is The SHARED Self Publishing Experience.

    Here's to the day when your work appears on coffee tables worldwide! And here's hoping everyone uses a coaster!

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    Learn From These Self Published Authors

    Coffee Table Book publishers share their experience.

    Pre-Selling Our Photo Book 
    the Drakensberg Mountains in print This as been an incredible journey that has lasted a bit more than full year from conception of idea to having …

    My First experience - with BLURB 
    I have a project I've been putting together for years and the photographs are wonderful - I've decided my audience is world-wide and fully believe that …

    Bereavement Gift Book 
    Self Published Bereavement Book Seasons of Solace is not a typical sympathy gift book, which is written in the tone of a therapist. Those books …

    Coffee Table Book on Africa 
    Be Careful What You Wish For First, let me start by saying that I am not the self-published author here. My husband is. But I have been with him …

    An Illustrator in POD-Land 
    As a well-seasoned illustrator whose work is published throughout the US and internationally, my biggest obstacle to self-publishing was cynicism. Why …

    The Making Of: A Still Motion Picture 
    There it was! A coffee table book filled with photographs taken by a non professional was being sold in a museum gift shop. Right then I made up my mind …

    From Art, Words 
    In addition to being a mother of four daughters, I am a painter, photographer, jewelry maker and writer. I'd painted a large body of work depicting my …

    Why You Should Self-Publish Your Photo Book 
    Most photographers dream of accomplishing two things in the publishing world: Having their work appear in either National Geographic or maybe Playboy magazines …

    a page in a day 
    Its been a real adventure to publish what i know and share with te world the beauty of the old Celtic world of Olaves and Kings from the 4th century to …

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