Self-Publishing a Book with Blurb – A Way for Authors to Self-Publish

What is Blurb? It’s a wonderful discovery for an aspiring author or someone who just wants a few books for a special occasion or to share with their family. When a writer chooses to self-publish their content, there are a number of Print-On-Demand sites like or Create Space, but let’s focus on here. I’ve used it a number of times with varied books and found it quite versatile.

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Gail Lee Martin shows off her books with family memories. I used Blurb to publish both of these books for Mom and Dad.

The wonderful thing about Print-On-Demand (also called POD) is the author doesn’t have to buy hundreds of dollars worth of books to get the book published by a traditional printer or face rejection over and over from a traditional publisher. The way that POD works at Blurb is the author uploads the book content to the Blurb website. At that point, the only obligation is to buy one copy of the book. Anyone else wanting the book can order it directly from Blurb’s online bookstore. The author sets the price and keeps any income above the printing cost set by Blurb.

How To Do It

  1. Sign up with Blurb. It’s free and you put the usual information (username and password).
  2. Click on DOWNLOAD THE BOOKWRIGHT SOFTWARE at the Blurb site. This downloads Blurb’s software to your own computer. You work offline at your own pace. Use the Blurb BookWright Guide to learn more about it.
  3. Start a new book using the software. Choose a title, paste in the text and get the pictures from your own computer files.
  4. Rearrange the text and photos until you are satisfied with the book.
  5. Edit, edit, edit… run the spell check and review the text and photos one more time. It’s best to actually print out the pages and review it that way. Somehow one sees the errors more clearly in a printed copy.
  6. Once you have it perfect, upload the book to Blurb.
  7. Now you have 15 days to order the book or they will remove it from their site. Don’t worry, it’s still saved on your own computer.
  8. Start promoting the book. Potential buyers go to Blurb’s online bookstore to preview a part of the book and to order copies.

You can preview the various books I’ve published using Blurb. My sample books are featured in my online bookstore. Click on a book cover to read more about it and to PREVIEW a portion of the book.


4 thoughts on “Self-Publishing a Book with Blurb

  1. Kathryn Grace August 27, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Virginia. I’ve been thinking about doing an e-book, but this might be a good way to go instead. I hope you don’t mind, but I have three questions.

    1. Does Blurb offer a recycled paper option, specifically, 100 percent post consumer waste?

    2. How grainy, or clear, are photographs?

    3. How well does Blurb handle full-color photos?

    Congratulations on publishing several books there. Any titles you’d like to share with us?

  2. Virginia Allain August 28, 2016 / 2:40 am

    I checked their help section about the paper. Their answer, “We do not have a 100% recycled paper to select for your book. Our standard photo book paper contains 10% recycled content.”

    I’ve heard excellent reviews by people on their photography books. This info was in their help site: “The best way to determine how your images look in print is to order a single Blurb-printed copy of your project You can also check out our article on how to get the best image quality, including the 200% zoom test….”

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