The Green Township Library Regional Branch, at 6525 Bridgetown Road, is sponsoring a “how-to” event on Tuesday, June 28, for anyone who has ever wondered about how to publish their own book.
The event, which begins at 7:00 pm, is geared toward adults and will be conducted by Ari Buchwald of Edgecliff Press, a Cincinnati publishing company. He will discuss the modern publishing process and answer questions. Edgecliff authors from Cincinnati and elsewhere will also be on hand to tell their own publishing stories as well as sell and sign copies of their books.
The Edgecliff Press publishing model focuses on specialty niche books that large national publishing firms might not be interested in. They are particularly geared toward local subjects, and the titles they have published include illustrated books by cartoonist Jerry Dowling on the Bengals and Pete Rose, a book about architectural details on local buildings by Ari Buchwald, and a new volume dedicated to the history of Price Hill saloons, written by Larry Schmolt and published in conjunction with the Price Hill Historical Society.
Edgecliff Press also has a children’s book imprint, Edgecliff Kids, with books for kids and their parents, including a book about fun day trips to take with kids in and near Cincinnati, by Barbara Littner David, a west side resident.
The company differs from most major publishing firms in that the author herself or himself creates the book using a computer program created for that purpose, and then it is submitted to Edgecliff for printing and publishing, using new online on-demand printing. In this way, the “up front” costs of publishing are kept to a minimum, and the authors and publisher share marketing and revenue based on sales.
In order to minimize the initial investment even more, books are ordered as needed—that is, keeping a small inventory to fill orders as they come in, rather than having a large stockpile of books already paid for that have to be sold for the author or publisher to make any profit on the title. The online, on-demand printing process costs more per book, but the investment that has to be made initially is very low, making the method attractive to authors whose books may be of local or limited interest.
It also does not take long to get printed books after the author submits the book pages, so the topics can be up-to-the minute and an author can have copies in hand not long after they have finished writing and creating a book.
For more information about the Green Township Library event, visit the Green Towship Regional Branch Library website, and for more information about Edgecliff Press and the books they publish, visit the Edgecliff Press website.