Author Services FAQ frequently asked questions

We provide you the same level of service/attention to detail as we do for authors we publish through our traditional imprints. Our goal is to help you publish the best possible book, not sell you services you don't need.

You decide how you want to publish. Instead of requiring you to pick a “package” deal, we charge an hourly rate and an estimate of hours needed for your particular project. You can be your own publisher or we can provide the ISBN and be the publisher of record. We provide free consultation and advice along the way.

Send us an email about your book and we'll see if we are a good fit.

Our rate for author services is $60 per hour. Most projects can be completed in 5 to 25 hours, depending on what kind of assistance is needed. We'll do our best to work within your budget and meet your manuscript's needs at the same time.

If we need to purchase images, we will bill you at cost + 10% or give you the option of purchasing directly from the source. Cover images usually total under $30, but vary depending on subject matter and source. We will work with you to stay within your budget and still provide the best possible final book.

Editing is available at various rates depending on level needed (e.g., proofreading vs. developmental editing).

Our services are very flexible, so what you want dictates what we will do to help get your book on the market. We will always provide our opinion on your best course of action while leaving the decision in your hands.

We will generally:

  • Review your manuscript, ideas, and any graphics you choose to provide, and then share our ideas for your consideration.
  • Have a professional graphic artist and book compositor create the cover design and interior formatting for print and/or eBook.
  • Send the PDF proofs for you to provide revisions and corrections until you say it is ready. (Note: POD and eBook versions can have changes made after publication at a reasonable cost.)
  • Make corrections in both pre-press prep and during PDF proofing. During pre-artist review, any typos and obvious errors found are corrected. Editing, such as copyediting or line editing, is only done if you request it. We will always advise you if further editing (e.g., developmental or content editing) is in your best interest before proceeding.

Once you feel your book is ready and all final changes have been made to the interior and cover, we handle the technical publishing details (assuming we are the publisher of record), including:

  • ISBN and bar code
  • sending your book to the printer (when POD, 4 USA print locations, the UK, Europe, Russia, Australia, and more)
  • listing your title with book wholesalers in the United States and around the world, and R.R. Bowker's Books in Print registration
  • eBook formatting, listing, and distribution

We will also provide reasonable promotional and other assistance at our discretion as the publisher of record. This can include:

  • contacting applicable organizations to propose and negotiate mutually beneficial agreements
  • direct communication with the press/media
  • online promotion
  • creating a page dedicated to your book on our site (if the book's content does not detract from our family-friendly website)
  • advising author as requested

Since we provide our services “À la carte,” we welcome custom and partial projects. We pride ourselves on not selling you anything your book doesn't need. If you have your book completely edited and just need assistance with design, formatting, and/or a knowledgeable mediator to handle printing and other publishing details, we're here for you.

Of course! But we don't sell marketing packages/services. We provide advice and assistance when appropriate to help you make the most of marketing your book. This can include advising you to hire an outside book marketing specialist if you need dedicated marketing assistance to help you make the most of your money. (Excessive consulting and project management hours are billable.)

Print-on-Demand (POD) publishing is a way to print small book quantities while maintaining quality and affordability. Books are printed on an as-needed basis, so there's no need to buy and store thousands of copies.

Grayscale and full-color options are available.

POD requires 3–4 days initial setup and 2–5 days to print and ship. Rush printing and shipping services are available.

When needed, we can provide a traditional print run for your book. This is where a set number of your books are printed at one time, rather than on an as-needed basis like with POD.

Larger volume and specialty printing or binding needs make traditional print runs a viable option. In most cases, books are shipped directly to the author, and the author will ship to distributors.

Payment terms vary, but full payment is required before books ship. The proofing process varies by printer. Offset runs typically require 4–6 weeks for US printers and up to 3 months for overseas companies.

Print runs needing distribution go through Baker & Taylor, and other specialty distributors may be an option. A 55% discount to the wholesaler is standard, with books being returnable.

You may choose to be the publisher of record for your book or use our ISBN and us as the publisher of record. We can help you set up your own imprint, which is especially useful if you have multiple books you want to publish (such as a series).

Books are distributed through US-based wholesalers Ingram Book Group and Baker & Taylor and a worldwide network—making them available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a worldwide network of national and local booksellers. POD titles can be printed and made available around the world.

Books can be made returnable if bookstore stocking is part of your strategy. We charge a deposit of $200, and returns can be designated as destroy or return. POD titles designated for return are actually printed and the new book charged at $3.00 plus shipping. Either option reverses the original sale and is charged back against royalties.

Authors receive 50% of net receipts as royalties for the first 2,500 books and 60% thereafter.

Yes, we can help you set up your own imprint, which is especially useful if you have multiple books you want to publish (such as a series). Email us to discuss your own imprint.

This can depend a lot on A) what is needed for each particular book and B) how quickly the author reviews proofs and provides input as needed. Most projects are completed within 5 to 25 hours and within 2 to 6 weeks. Books needing editing will typically take longer. Special options, such as advance review copies, can add as much as 4 to 6 months to the process. We make every effort to work with you on your timeframe.

Of course. This is a popular option for first-time authors, smaller books, and anyone working with a minimal budget. Most eBooks can be formatted within a few hours. If your book contains graphics, figures, nonstandard text, etc., this process can take longer.

Our printed books are professional trade quality, which is the dominant quality you see in bookstores.

These are the most common types of books we print:

  • Perfect bound soft-cover books (hardcover by special arrangement)
  • Environmentally friendly acid-free opaque paper
  • Full-color covers professionally designed with your input
  • Grayscale interior graphics (full color also available)
  • Each book comes complete with ISBN and bar code, so bookstores can purchase your book through wholesalers or direct from us

Specialty bindings, full-color interiors, and other options are available if needed.

You can view and download a sample publishing agreement here. If you're interested in cover design and/or book formatting only, you can view a sample Book Design and Formatting Letter of Agreement here. Either of these agreements can be revised to fit your particular book's needs.

We make your book available for order through most chain, independent, and online booksellers, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, through our affiliation with international book wholesalers. Publisher direct orders from our website can also be arranged.

We can help you determine which publishing route is best for you and your book. Generally, if you're a first-time author working on a tiny budget, an eBook may be the way to go. Setup for a print book is more expensive and can be created at a later date if you choose to do so.

If your book is heavy in figures and/or images, a print-only book may be the best route to preserve your layout and image quality. While some figures and images may translate well to the screen, others do not.

Since an eBook usually only takes a few extra hours on top of laying out the print book, many authors choose to have both a print and eBook created at the same time to release simultaneously.

Before your book is ever submitted to the printer, we go through as many rounds of proofs as is necessary for you to be happy with your cover and book interior. You must give approval of the final proof before your book is published (for print and/or eBooks). POD and eBook versions can have changes made after publication at a reasonable cost.