At the start of this year I set myself up with a fair few projects that I’d been meaning to get on with for a long time. One of these, was getting my Great Aunt’s book published. When I say published, I mean rather bound and published for history’s sake rather than published and distributed for commercial purposes.
My Great Aunt is 92 and, a bit like me, has always been a documenter. She has always kept diaries and written things down, keeping an account of her life and writing it as a book, by hand. Back around 1995, my mum typed up said book. Since then, it had been printed out and read by various members of the family, but when I reread the book late last year, I decided that its contents were of too much familial importance to not get it bound for posterity.
The book covers a really interesting period of my ancestors living in pre-WW2 London, their businesses, evacuation and air raids, then goes on to tell the romance and courtship with her husband and then their life together. It’s not an extraordinary tale, there’s no big twist and nothing you could describe as a cliffhanger, but it’s interesting to the family because it’s history documented in a way that is personal to us all.
A quick phone call to my great aunt in Ceredigion and she was keen for us to sort it out, having apparently always wanted to have it bound, but never being quite sure if it was possible.
I set about finding the best way to get a book like this published. I knew that the book was going to be around 100 pages, but I had no idea how much something like that would cost, especially for such a small print run of just 25 copies for the family.
I browsed the internet and found quite a few “family book publishers” but was really shocked at the astronomical costs it would incur, so I searched a little further, and found Epubli.
Their website isn’t particularly fancy-looking, but the upload system they use works well and it really is as simple as uploading your body text as a PDF, then uploading your front and back covers. You can then flick through a preview before ordering.
The good thing about this site is that the cost is the same if you order one copy or 25 copies, so I was able to order the first book as a test, then make any amendments before sending off for the full batch for the family. In all, with a few colour pictures and around 100 pages, our book came to just £10.07 per copy.
This weekend, I headed home from Berlin and we made the mammoth journey from Luton to mid-Wales to deliver my Great Aunt her copy of her book, and have her sign the rest of them for the family. Here we are, with the finished book.
N.B: This isn’t a sponsored post, I didn’t receive any discount from Epubli.co.uk for writing this, I just wanted to share my experiences of what I think is a good option for getting a family book published, without it costing the earth.