The Manuscript is at Bookbaby
Written by
Preeva Tramiel
February 2015
Written by
Preeva Tramiel
February 2015

I got tired of waiting for agents and querying agents, so I decided to self-publish my book The Girl On The Wall: liberation from a ghost of the Shoah.  For reasons I outline below, I decided to go with Bookbaby to do the publishing. If any of you decide to use Bookbaby, make sure your book is under 200 pages, and black and white.

My book is neither. I decided to go for color printing because of all the color pictures, and the page count is 275, so I'm paying close to $5000 for 100 copies and Print On Demand.

I'm planning to sell my 100 copies to my friends, at the back of the room at a talk I'm giving in June, and to family. Everyone else can pay $27.00 for Print On Demand and/or (I sometimes like an ebook so much I spring for a hard copy) $9.99 for an eBook.  But you can see from the bill below, it's an expensive proposition.  I had dinner with some friends who printed a children's book themselves, and they paid way less per book. But they ended up with a printer in St. Louis, and he sent the book to China. Supposedly, I'll have a book in my hands next week. Speed is worth a lot to me because I am an impatient person.

Here's a copy of my bill:

Description Quantity Price" alt="Item Image" class="CToWUd" />
The Girl on the Wall
BookBaby Book Print
  • Perfect Binding
  • Soft Cover
  • BBP Des Cover Deluxe
  • BBP Des Color Text 201-300 pgs
  • BookBaby Premium eBook Distribution
  • Gloss Cover Finish
  • ISBN Code BBP Supplied
  • 50lb Natural 500PPI 92 Opacity
  • Color Interior Printing 276-300pgs
  • Pocket Book 4.25"x6.87"
  • Print Books & BookBaby Premium eBook Distribution
  • BookBaby POD Distribution
  • Standard Turn Time
100 $4,666.75
Shipping Address Shipping Option Payment Information
Shipping Address
Preeva Tramiel
767 Addison Ave
Palo Alto,CA 94301 US 
Shipping Option
Economy Shipping - $59.00
Estimated Arrival Date: Mar 12 - 16
Payment Information
Preeva A Tramiel
SubTotal: $4,666.75
Shipping: $59.00
Tax: $408.34
Freight Discount: -$59.00
Total: $5,075.09
Since this bill was sent, they kicked my ebook out of the budget--it's too long for the standard ebook package. So I had to pay for that separately, so with what I'm paying for that it brought my total up to about $5,200.  And I ordered trade paperback size, which was corrected but not reflected in this bill. I don't think that changed the price.
Bottom line, self-publishing with Bookbaby is expensive, but they are doing the design work, the ISBN, the cover, and the distribution, AND I can get a human being on the phone to answer questions, which is important to me. And since this is my first book,  I'm forgiving myself the extra expense.  And I get a free 60 days of an E-commerce author site if I choose, which I'm going to try too.
I hope this information helps you all.

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  • Preeva Tramiel

    Thanks for  the good wishes, Melanie. How did you publish for free? Just ebook?

    I'm getting hard copies and print on demand and a lot of distribution.

    What are you doing to self-promote yourself?

  • Melanie Holmes

    Oh dear, sorry you had this experience. I pubbed my very 1st book five months ago (The Female Assumption: A Mother's Story, Freeing Women from the View that Motherhood is a Mandate) and it cost me nothing to pub, but it has cost me a lot to self-promote, not to mention all my time & energy. I'm sure you're getting some benefits that I'm not...there's so much to learn about self-pubbing, I think the SW is priceless for sharing our stories! Best wishes to you and congrats on being a published author!  xo