Self-Publishing

Opus is Politics & Prose’s book making machine, formally called the Espresso Book Machine. Opus can print, bind, and trim a paperback book that looks and feels like your favorite paperback in five to ten minutes depending on its length. With Opus, we can help you self-publish your novel, memoir, book of poetry, play, biography, thesis or any other literary endeavor. The technology is ideal for self-publishing, since it also allows an author to customize a 4-color cover and the black-and-white interior of the book, make real-time tweaks to both, and order copies as he or she sees fit.

If you’re interested in self-publishing your project on Opus, please take a look at our publishing packages below, which represent a wide variety of publishing and printing needs. Click on each icon for more information about the package. If you need help deciding which package is the best fit for your project or are ready to move forward with publishing, please don’t hesitate to call or write one of our publishing professionals. Our dedicated publishing department is right inside the store, available to help you face-to-face and guide you through the process: opus@politics-prose.com, (202) 349-1182.

*Please note that printing costs are separate from the publishing fees. Also, we cannot print color interiors, but are able to print any trim size smaller than 8.25 x 10.5". Typical sizes include 5.5 x 8.5", 5.25 x 8", 6 x 9" and others. Measure any one of your favorite paperbacks and we can probably print your book that size.

*A la Carte editing and design services are available upon request. If you’d like someone to do an in-depth edit of your book or design custom features for your cover or interior, please contact one of our publishing professionals for a quote: opus@politics-prose.com, (202) 349-1182. Please note that these services are per hour and are separate from our publishing packages.

 

 

Politics & Prose Publishing Packages

 

Intern
Publishing Package

Price $199

The Intern is great for college theses, school projects, and single print-runs of family memoirs and novels. This service is for those authors knowledgeable in creating PDF files, laying out covers, and who aren't planning on putting their book on sale or printing additional copies sometime in the future.

 

Features and services:

  • ½-hour appointment with one of our publishing professionals
     
  • In-depth file review
     
  • Phone and email support
     
  • Processing of files into EBM-ready format
     
  • A single print-run of unlimited quantity
     
  • Minimum number of copies in print-run: 20

 

 

 

Staffer
Publishing Package

Price $399

The Staffer is a great option for first-time novelists and family memoirists who are almost there, but need an extra set of eyes and a little extra help designing and formatting their book before sharing it among friends and family, but not necessarily the rest of the bookstore. Our most popular package.

 

Features and services:

  • ½-hour appointment with one of our publishing professionals
     
  • In-depth file review
     
  • Phone and email support
     
  • Processing of files into EBM-ready format
     
  • Formatting and interior design adjustments
     
  • Simple, text based cover
     
  • One free proof copy
     
  • One free upload of revised files (both interior and cover) 
     
  • Unlimited number of print-runs
     
  • Minimum number of copies in initial print-run: 10

 

 

 

 

Congressional
Publishing Package

Price $599

The Congressional offers all the services and perks of the Staffer but allows the author to collaborate more closely with our publishing professionals on designing and formatting an interior and cover that can sell.

 

Features and services:

  • ½-hour appointment with one of our publishing professionals
     
  • In-depth file review
     
  • Phone and email support
     
  • Processing of files into EBM-ready format
     
  • Custom interior
     
  • Custom cover
     
  • One free proof copy
     
  • One free upload of revised files (both interior and cover) 
     
  • Unlimited number of print-runs
  • Minimum number of copies in initial print-run: 5
     
  • P&P in-store placement
     
  • P&P online placement
     
  • 80% of net sales revenue
     
  • Eligibility for annual Opus reading at P&P
     
  • Free one-year P&P membership

 

Printing Costs

Print costs are separate from publishing and based on page count. Each book costs $7.00, plus $0.03 per page. As an example, a 200 page book is $13, because $7 + (.03 X 200) = $13. Enter the current page count of your book here to see the price of your book.

 

*Please note prices are tentative and can change based on trim size and final page count.

For those buying lots of copies, we offer bulk discounts: 50 copies (10%), 100 copies (15%), and 200 copies (20%).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our publishing professionals: opus@politics-prose.com, (202) 349-1182. 

Testimonials

We highly recommend the Politics & Prose OPUS service. We used it to print a book of a science-fiction story that our son wrote.  The Politics & Prose staff were extremely helpful, attentive, knowledgeable and professional. They clearly explained what they could do, what the options were, and what information they needed from us. They showed initiative and creativity in designing the book cover and were responsive to our requests in modifying some details. They finished the work in good time, and we were delighted with the results.

- Larry and Sue Bruser

 

Opus is a wonderful little press. I'd spent a lifetime researching family history, writing a narrative from the 1280s to the present. The elegant, blue-cover, 500-page paperback Opus Press produced was the perfect legacy. One day, a great-grandchild who never met me will find it and discover a past that otherwise would be lost. If you get tired of chasing after all those pesky details, the dedicated staff will work with you until it's done.

- Cecilio J. Morales, Jr.

 

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