Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Great Resources for Aspiring Media Moguls

There are many online services that allow you to publish professional quality books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. These services are cost effective because they produce-on-demand (POD). That means they don’t require you to buy in bulk or pay a penny before you sell the product. They earn money as you sell your product, thus minimizing your expenses. Another bonus is none of these services force you to be exclusive. So you maintain ownership of your product. Plus, if it generates a buzz, you can reproduce the same product with another distributor.

Magazine Titans- MagCloud.com offers aspiring publishers a cost-effective way to publish periodicals. This service allows you to design letter-sized programs. You upload a PDF of your publication and order a proof. MagCloud then prints, binds, and mails the proof to you. You then review the proof and make changes as needed. If approved, you name your price. MagCloud charges 20 cents per page; the publisher chooses their price beyond that. When the issue is published, people can buy it on the MagCloud website. Click here to find out more.

Future Authors & Multimedia Moguls- CreateSpace.com is a one-stop shop that allows you to produce CDs, DVDs and books. You upload you product and CreateSpace takes it from there. This service is also non-exclusive, meaning you retain ownership of your intellectual property. They print on demand and you earn royalties without any upfront expenses.

Keep In Mind-Before you publish work through these services make sure you retain the proper copyrights and trademarks. Also, authors, secure your own ISBN# from Bowker.com. That way you make sure you own the rights to your work, and not the service provider.
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