Book Publishing FAQ
While we are always available to answer all of your questions, we’ve provided below a good amount of answers we give most often.
Unfortunately no. I am a small press publishing company implementing online technologies in order to get your book published for individual sales and online sales channels on a global scale.
No. I can guarantee once your book is published it will be available in all online bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell's, and Books-A-Million without a self-publisher's overly high Global Distribution Fees. There will also be variables set forth that will help your book get into brick and mortar bookstores.
No. Vanity publishers tend to take advantage of the author. While my services can print quantities to your specifications (POD) I put a more human touch to every book I publish. I am very selective about what I publish as I spend quite a bit of time making sure each step of the process is done right and to your satisfaction. Your book will have a designers touch, inside and out. No cookie-cutter, plain-text formatting, no simple stock image with basic text on your cover. I want your publishing experience to be rewarding, as well as, easy as possible and so you will always talk to me personally. That being said, it is just me, and if you want a more in-depth experience with more opportunities, experience, or more employees, check out the others.
With technological advances, there are many self-publishers and vanity publishing websites available for the aspiring author to implement and use. If you are capable of interior formatting and layout, professional book cover design, are willing to learn all of the technologies involved, research and experiment with all of the platforms (to find the best) and go at it alone, by all means, go for it. But if you want your book to look professional, and you want it listed in more places than just Amazon, and you are willing to pay for someone else to take over the process for you, then read on.
No, the author retains full creative control and rights to their book; including movie rights. I'm here to help you succeed. I will, however, offer suggestions and critiques, if need be, to better the potential of your book.
Manuscripts are reviewed within weeks. Upon manuscript acceptance, the book can be published in a couple of months (not years). This timeline, of course, is dependent upon you, your manuscript, illustrations, and of course, contingent upon holiday delays and unforeseen circumstances.
Your book will be listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, BooksAMillion, Powell's Books, Alibris, Book Depository, Ingram Content Group, Baker Taylor and many other bookseller sites, as well as online libraries, academic institutions, etc. ANYWHERE BOOKS ARE SOLD ONLINE. Some even make it to Walmart! Plus, your book will have the innate opportunity to get picked up by brick and mortar bookstores.
My platform implements technologies for print on demand orders, as well as large quantity orders. If orders exceed quantities of 2,000, they get run on an offset printer, which reduces the cost significantly (increasing your royalties) and of course ships out from the factory direct to your customer.
Yes! The platform I use will create your book into 7 different formats including but not limited to kindle, epub for Apple iBookstore, Kobo, B&N Nook, Sony Reader, Palm Doc OS, etc. These formats will then be distributed in all of the retail sales channels such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, the Diesel eBook Store and many others.
Yes, authors may order as many author copies they want at production cost (not retail). This means when you order your inventory, you are only charged for the printing and shipping cost. There are no minimum orders. Rush orders are available.
A publishing services company performs all of the steps necessary to produce a finished book and release it to the market. The author pays a fee that covers the cost of mechanical editing, interior page and cover design, printing and binding, as well as limited promotion, order fulfillment and other administrative services. While yes, we charge for our services. You will find our costs are primarily to cover out-of-pocket expenses and time. We are not here to get rich on the book publishing platform - our goal is to make money when YOU make money - on sales!
We customize our publishing packages according to each book's needs. Binding type, page size and whether illustrations are required are several factors that affect the price. Once we have received your manuscript, we will provide you with a publishing proposal that outlines the fees. We’ll also outline the general production specifications of your book and how long it will take to complete. We do this to be as upfront as we can, so you can budget for your marketing.
Yes. If your manuscript is complete, submit it to us for review. We can offer publishing contracts only for completed manuscripts. We also highly suggest having it edited before sending, as you want your work to be pristine so you can set your best foot forward. Manuscripts that have a ton of grammatical errors, typos, misspellings or worse, will be declined.
Once you submit your manuscript, it will be reviewed. If accepted, you’ll receive a detailed publishing proposal that outlines how we’ll handle the publication of your book, and what it will cost. If you accept our proposal, you’ll return the signed contract along with the first payment, and we’ll get to work!
No. While we do not review or evaluate manuscripts for literary merit or market potential, we do want to make sure it fits in our educational aspects and Christian views. There are also categories that we do not accept: libelous or racist material, hate literature, or pornography and many political views. We reserve the right to reject any work that we may find to be unsuitable for our company.
Not necessarily. If you want to complete the copyright process, please do so. But we can do the process for you (for an additional fee). The copyright will be registered in your name, not ours. Note: Manuscripts and unpublished works were protected by common law and statutory law from the point of creation. That is not the case any longer. If you want your book protected from pirates or plagiarizers, you now, must copyright. That being said, do not be scammed by fake companies offering to copyright your work. Copyright.gov is the only valid place and it costs approximately $35-65 for the lifetime of the book.
Authors receive 80% of what the publisher receives (royalties), which is the retail price of each book sold minus printing, distribution and shipping costs. Since you set your cost, you will know how much each sold book receives. Since the book sales industry is that of chance there is never any guarantee of outside sales. Marketing and publicity help inform the public about your book and it is up to each individual consumer to decide if they want to purchase it. If you proceed with the publishing process you are doing so because you want to see your book published and you are willing to promote it. Do not sign up with us if you have high expectations of sales. The publishing world is saturated and each author needs to understand that it takes time and hard work to make sales.
Each project will be evaluated separately, but as a rule of thumb for us, we say yes. If you have an illustrator in mind, you are more than welcome to give them the job. That being said, if our company feels the illustrations aren't up to par, we may opt to not use them. There are many, incredibly talented illustrators looking for work and a multitude of styles to choose from. The choice on deciding on the right illustrator for your work is primarily up to you. That being said, we can decide on the best layout of the illustrations for your children's book and will discuss the process and options with you before proceeding. We CAN find illustrators on your behalf but that will cost time from the illustrator as well as from us.
Traditional publishers who are incredibly busy may say they don't accept unsolicited manuscripts. This means, they only want to hear from your agent, someone in the industry who can stand behind your book. Do you need an agent with us? No. We prefer to work with the author one-on-one, no need to go through a middleman. We do accept unsolicited manuscripts and are currently accepting submissions.