Hey, everybody! I’ve seen a lot of people asking about which publishing company to go with, so I thought I would share my experience with Ingram Spark! Let’s dive right in!
The print quality for my books was fantastic. I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out. There were many options for how to print books as well, which really helped me pick the best fit for OUTLIERS. The print quality was a huge part of why I used Ingram Spark, and I was not disappointed.
I also liked that they have a good reputation, their strict quality standards and procedures have really given them a better name in the publishing industry.
They also offer hardback versions of books, which I haven’t made yet, but I hope to. I’m planning on making some “Limited Edition” versions of OUTLIERS in the future as hard-covers, so I’m glad I have the option.
Trying to get the bar-code right was like pulling teeth. This probably isn’t as big an issue for those working in the United States, but trying to get Canadian prices onto the bar-codes was way more difficult than it had any right to be, and took way too much time. I had to wait days for each update of the bar-code that they tried, and I had to go through many updates. That being said, the lady I talked to was friendly enough.
The prices were also not fun. There’s a fee for almost everything, and they are more expensive than other companies in terms of the actual book orders. Again though, I don’t think those of you in the United States will find it quite as steep (I had to pay extra in the U.S. currency, plus high shipping fees across the boarder). They also have a base in the U.K., so shipping costs are probably less there, too. Due to the shipping costs, my paperback retail price has had to be a bit higher than I would’ve liked ($12.02 in the States, and $15.99 in Canada for major sellers), but it’s nothing I haven’t paid for other YA books that I like.
Overall frustration with the platform. I went into this after hearing a lot of bad things about the website and how hard it was to navigate. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it was not enjoyable either.
I think that Ingram Spark was well worth its frustrations. I am definitely going to go with them for my next book, and I hope it will get easier to deal with the site with experience. Ultimately, the quality of my book was the most important factor in this for me. After putting so much work, time, and money, into this book, I really didn’t want it to come up short in quality. I wanted a professional, well-made book, and Ingram Spark was able to give that to me. I did a lot of research on publishing companies beforehand, and I’m glad I decided on this one. It might not be the best platform for everyone, in fact it probably isn’t, but for me it was a great fit.
Where to Buy OUTLIERS: OUTLIERS IS NOW FOR SALE
OUTLIERS Meet the Characters & Teasers: OUTLIERS: MEET THE CHARACTERS & TEASER QUOTES
OUTLIERS Q & A: I’m Publishing My Book! OUTLIERS Q & A
What publishing company have you gone with? What was your experience?
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