memoir printing considerationsIt’s an exciting project to create your memoir. Whether it is your first time out as an author or you are a more seasoned writer, the look and feel of your publication is often as important as what is included inside the pages!

While it is your memoir, your printed editions are going to be read and retained by many others. It is a good idea to keep this in mind as you make important decisions that result in a perfect combination of content and your own personal vision.

If quality is of the utmost importance to you, then we advise that you create a checklist of what you want before you make your final order choice. Below are things you should consider to help guide you in creating a memoir that reflects both your style and is tailored to your readers.

Decisions: Cover Design and Interior Pages

There are two main elements involved in the overall cost of printing your memoir, 1) What style cover? 2) Should the interior be Color or Black and White?

Cover Considerations

First, let’s discuss your decision about using a hard cover versus soft cover for your memoir. We think a hard cover memoir just “feels” better. A hard cover has the distinct advantage of a longer shelf life and richer look. The hard cover format ensures a product that retains its value and quality for a lifetime.

If you plan to gift copies of your memoir, then the hard cover provides a wonderful quality presentation. Many of our authors also find that it helps their book stand apart on a shelf. The spine stays attractive and, after all, that is what most people notice first in a stack of books.

Soft covers are generally chosen for memoirs that have a short shelf life. For example, if you plan to provide updates with follow up editions. Others prefer softcover memoirs because they are simply lighter in weight. Keep in mind, however, that paperback spines show wear and tear much faster than hard covers. There is a different binding process that goes into the completion of a hard cover from that of a paperback.

As you might imagine, a hard cover costs more to print than a soft cover. That’s because hard covers are made with what’s called binder’s board. With this method, the text pages are first glued together at the spine. End leaves that hold the pages to the inside of the cover are applied to the binding edge. The cover is then created separately and then glued to the end leaves, creating a book that will last for years.

While soft covers are more affordable, a hard cover usually only adds about $___ per book to the printing cost. A hard cover is the right option for most memoirs.

Color Interior versus Black and White Interior

The next cost driver to consider is whether your memoir will have a color interior or black and white interior pages. Keep in mind that if you want even just one color page, the whole memoir is priced as a color book. That’s because the initial ink set-up and color separation process is what adds to the over-all cost. For that reason, if you decide to use color, it is a good idea to make optimal use of it. Our editors and designers can provide advice and direction on color placement and choices.

A good way to decide whether there is a distinct advantage between the two options is to consider the use of images. If you plan to include many pictures, graphics and creative elements such as borders and font choices, then color is most likely the best option for you.

Black and white paged memoirs tend to be more heavily text-based. There are fewer images, less creative flourishes, and the content is more likely for instructional life stories. Black and white is also a match for images that are intended to convey a particular era for your memoir. For example, before color photographs were available or for books that make use of simple graphics and line art.