Self-Publish with Books from Blurb
Doesn’t everyone want to have their own book published, it’s most people’s dream to see their name in print along with their life stories, diary notes and recipes…..and if you are an avid photographer, it’s even better to see all of your images published too. Well, if you are keen to have your own book (or books) published and see them for sale globally, then Blurb is the platform for you.
Put quite simply, Blurb is an independent publishing platform that gives you the ability to create, publish, sell, and distribute your own photo books, trade books or magazines in print and digital formats. You get help along the way with creative templates and layout software as well as being able to import your manuscript from Microsoft Word (or any word processing program) or publish from Adobe InDesign. You can then sell your print books directly through Blurb or on Amazon, or distribute them globally via Ingram.
I was a convert to the idea already, so, what else was needed to convince me that this is the way to go…….well, how about a book? I was sent a self-published book to look at and review, and I was instantly impressed with the quality and content of the book I was sent; the book arrived well wrapped and straight through my letterbox – it was a beautiful book called Addictions by Meagan Klementowski which retails at £19:99. Packed with seriously addictive dessert recipes, hence the title no doubt, I curled up on the sofa to read it.
The layout was easy to follow with a “menu” of contents at the front, as well as some handy “tools” and “shopping lists”. The “baker”, Meagan, shares a personal insight into how the book was conceived, from her tiny little apartment kitchen and you are immediately drawn in to her recipes and life, something that doesn’t always happen when reading a celebrity chef’s cookbook. Each recipe has an image on the opposite page and the layout of the recipes was very easy to follow.
The print quality was very good with a lovely glossy cover, and the images were an essential part of the book. I was captivated with recipes such as Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Buttermilk Pie and Maple Sugar Cookies as well as Pure Vanilla Extract and Dulce de Leche. It was a very professional looking book but with an air of individuality about it, something that you have complete control over when self-publishing.
As well as this lovely recipe book that I received, I can see this service to self-publish being a wonderful idea for Wedding Albums, personalised Year Books for the grandparents or a collection of the children’s work and writing that they bring home from school – like a journey through life. A personal book published through Blurb would also make a fabulous Christmas present when personalised to suit family and friends, and how about an “Office Party” book to give to all your colleagues?!
If you want to have a look at what Blurb offers, then the best place to start is over at their very informative website here: Blurb. I was particularly impressed with their Adobe InDesign plugin as well as their multi-featured design and layout application, BookWright, with BookWright you don’t need to hire a designer, know a line of code or buy expensive software, and it looks like a breeze to use too.
I’d like to end with a rough guide to costs – you can make both fixed-layout and reflowable ebooks with Blurb. Fixed-layout ebooks for the iPad cost £8.39. Reflowable books for the Kindle are free for a limited time. You can also create a PDF version of any book you make with Blurb for £3.59. Prices then start at £8:99 per 20 page book for a small run of 1 to 9 books with considerable discounts for large runs. When you consider a 12 page personalised calendar can cost between £6 and £15 to produce, I was very impressed with the pricing structure.
I was thrilled with my review book and I am now definitely going to create and self-publish my own cookbook in the New Year, and who knows, maybe it will be a top seller!
By Meagan Klementowski
A few recipes from my private stash!
These recipes are as good as they look! This lovely collection of recipes was created with the home cook in mind. They are easy to read, easy to make, easy to devour.
Recipes and images were created by Meagan Klementowski of Nutmeg Imageworks.
Dimensions: Small Square 80 pages
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All views and opinions are my own and these are my honest impressions of the service and book. Karen S Burns-Booth