We have heard form many authors over the years how they paid a fortune to have their book designed, and then went with that same company who designed the book for them to have it printed. They are often charged ‘inventory fees’ and their books are brokered onto Amazon and other outlets like Nook. Don’t make the same mistake.
If you need help designing and laying out your book and ebook (which granted can be tricky) use a graphic designer who will do just that for you and then help you post your book onto a On Demand publisher like KDP (formerly Createspace) or Ingram Spark. We recommend the sponsor of this site, Innovation Design Graphics for services for independent authors.
With this type of printing, there is no inventory, the books are printed when they are needed. Yes, even if it is one at a time! You can also order Author’s copies at a great reduced price for your book signings or to sell autographed copies directly on your website. There is essentially not up front cost for the printing of the books.