Print On Demand Publishing
When my mom told the story about how she successfully lobbied to become the first woman deacon in her church I was fascinated. The one thing I often think about now that she's gone is how many more stories I wish she were here to share. When we're busy living our lives, it's so easy to lose focus on the treasures we have around us until they're no longer with us. And once they're gone, so are the stories, unless someone has the foresight to record them. One of the best thing families can do for generations to come is put the memories on paper.
A huge drawback to publishing a family history photo book however, is the expense. Traditional publishers charge a minimum fee for a print run. When you add book design, packaging and delivery fees on 500 books, it can total $4,000 to $5,000, according to Self-Publishing Review. While most families love to record and preserve their history, most simply don't have those kinds of funds for an expensive book run.
POD publishing changes the landscape by allowing self-publishers to make short print runs--as little as 1-10 copies at a time. Digital publishing has significantly reduced printing costs. Even small publishers are using POD as an economical choice over traditional. This provides a way for families who want to self-publish memoirs to do so without breaking the bank. The two biggest advantages of larger print runs are the large quantities traditional publishers can print and that most printers include a marketing plan to help authors get their books into bookstores. Since neither benefits the goals of publishing family legacies, paying an expensive traditional publisher doesn't make sense.