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Publishing FAQ’s 2017-07-03T16:03:31+00:00
Is my book designed and printed in the United States where my work is protected by law? 2017-07-27T12:29:28+00:00

Our books are born in the USA. Your book will be designed, formatted, printed, bound with a full color laminated cover, we control the quality and ship retail orders in a timely fashion. Some book publishers send your book overseas for production to countries where there’s no protection under U.S. Copyright law.  If this is the case, ask about shipping costs for both you and your customers.  Shipping books from abroad can take as long as three weeks!

As a book publisher who cares about the print quality of its own books, we are able to guarantee fulfillment of book orders, which is very questionable for book publishers who don’t. Our micro inventory of books allows for a superior turnaround. Here at Infinity Publishing, we have spent over a decade providing the best book publishing method available.

What Becomes of Returned Books? 2017-07-27T12:32:52+00:00

Infinity Publishing has been accepting returned books from bookstores since we implemented our liberal return policy. Our books being sold to bookstores continues to increase because of this. Returned books that are in perfect condition are placed in our inventory for future sales. The bookstore’s account record and the author’s royalty statement are adjusted to reflect the returned books on which the author has already received royalties – because we pay royalties on all books sold, even though the books are guaranteed returnable. There have been a few Infinity authors who have received negative royalty statements because of returns; however, we’ve never had to send an author a bill to recover royalties that were paid on books that were later returned. We’ve designed our return program to work without any cost to our authors and we believe future sales will balance out the returned books.

Damaged or soiled books that are returned to Infinity are destroyed.  We do not sell used or remainder books.  When you see your book available as a used book listed on Amazon.com, it is most likely a review copy that was sent to a reviewer.  There’s also the possibility that the book is an actual used copy that the individual who purchased your book is offering for sale after they’ve finished reading it.  Naturally, no royalties are paid on used book sales.

Also, no royalties are paid on books that Infinity uses for selected promotional purposes.  We reserve the right to provide complimentary copies of any of our titles when we have opportunities to stimulate interest in our authors’ books and to expand the general awareness of Infinity Publishing in the marketplace.  Care-fully targeted promotional efforts benefit us all.  We earn our profit selling books – which is a refreshing trend in book publishing today.

How will my book be priced? Will it be able to compete with other titles on bookstore shelves? 2017-07-18T16:58:25+00:00

How will my book be priced? Will it be able to compete with other titles on bookstore shelves?
Infinity published books are competitively priced according to page count – the greater the number of pages, the higher the retail price. During the self publishing process you also have the option of increasing the price of your book from the suggested list price. Our book pricing is in-line with similar books found on bookstore shelves. Many book publishers price their books much higher because they are locked into a third-party contract to print the books. These book publishers then offer seemingly high royalty percentages based on spurious math – including paying royalties on net receipts less expenses and fulfillment costs. This number-game gives self publishing authors the illusion that they will get paid a high royalty percentage in an effort to justify outrageous pricing. Unfortunately, all the royalties in the world won’t amount to anything when the over-priced book doesn’t sell. Our pricing starts at $9.95 because we believe that ongoing sales equal success, and we earn our profit by selling books.

Our value-added pricing empowers self publishing authors of non-fiction books to increase the price of their book in whole dollar amounts above the suggested retail price.  Non-fiction books frequently contain proprietary material, unique research findings and intellectual property that warrants a higher retail price – established and approved by the author.  Our book publishing company pays monthly royalties based on the actual selling price of the book, retail, wholesale, distributor, and author purchases.  Authors of books eligible for value-added pricing receive an additional royalty that 75% of the value-added increase.  Niche books often warrant price increases indicative of the special interests.

Do I have the final say on how my book will appear in print? 2017-07-18T13:00:04+00:00

We provide detailed instructions that will allow you to go as far as you wish when laying out your book. This way, you will be able to make your book your way. We feel that the extra work that you put into your book is worth it, as your book will be an expression of your taste in content and style, as it should be. We recommend that you take a look at other already-published books as a reference for how you layout your own book. Our highly trained book production department will provide the attention to detail necessary to give your first proof book with the aspects of professionalism required of a published book. When you self-publish your book with us, you are always in control. We allow you to self publish a book that is a unique and individual expression of your vision. Your direct input is reflected in the cover design and interior of your book. Most other book publishing companies will design your cover using a template or they will assign it to a designer who believes he or she knows what’s best for your book. In many cases, you have no control over the book self publishing process or the look of your book and their contracts will stipulate that they have the final say.

We only publish high quality books; those that are prepared by the author to be retail ready. We allow our authors to decide for themselves what is best for their books. We do not have requirements about the book’s appearance, other than that it looks professional and follows reasonable guidelines on page size, margins and so on.

Will my book be fully returnable when purchased by a bookstore? 2017-07-18T12:46:41+00:00

Our bookstore return policy is one of the most favorable to retailers in the entire industry, and costs you nothing extra. Stores enjoy a 40% discount and are able to return your book for up to a 90 days with no penalty or restocking fee. No comparable book publisher does what we do. This policy ensures that books published by Infinity Publishing will have the widest distribution potential of any print on demand book. Booksellers can order newly self-published titles with confidence knowing that they can return the books they do not sell. Other book publishers don’t take bookstore returns, or if they do, charge you an additional setup fee, plus a yearly maintenance fee, just to make your book returnable to stores.

I have a niche book. Should I self-publish my book using print on demand? 2017-07-18T11:48:03+00:00

Niche markets address special interests and are often seen as being too low in potential profit to be of interest to the traditional book publishing companies. The particular interest of readers often motivates them to buy books that will provide more information about their unique pursuits. In addition to writing for large target markets, the self-publishing author is free to write for the far wider variety of niche markets and create new genres. Print on demand makes it cost effective to publish books for markets considered too minute by most traditional book publishing companies to invest resources to develop. These evolving niche topics have expanded the categories used to classify new releases.

We self-publish books on virtually every topic and you’ll find that a wider variety of genres also generates the potential for more exposure for your book. More readers are discovering that self-published, print on demand authors are willing to experiment with combining genres, which would not be possible with traditional book publishing companies. The results are often a very good read with lots of unexpected twists and turns because the print on demand author didn’t follow the same old worn avenues so many writers have taken before. Nonfiction print on demand authors are able to write more freely about topics they’re especially knowledgeable about, and then encourage interested customers to order their books directly from a variety of bookseller outlets.

With Infinity Publishing, you’re free to push beyond the worn envelope of traditional book publishing to tell your story your way. You’ve worked to develop your expressive style of writing to guide your readers through the written benefits of your shared life experiences. You’re also free to be involved in the design of your color cover by providing your ideas and vision.

Do I get a discount on books that I purchase? Do these sales pay a royalty to me? 2017-07-18T12:07:23+00:00

Even when you purchase copies of your book, you not only get a full 40% discount, but you also earn royalties and get free shipping on orders of 20 books or more. On your first book order, you get an unheard of 50% discount in addition to your royalty earnings and free shipping. Most other book publishers will only give you a very small discount, they won’t pay royalties on your own book purchases, and they charge for shipping.  Speaking at seminars is a great way to earn a profit by selling your books on the spot. You also earn a royalty on the purchase and Infinity pays for shipping the books to the conference hotel.  If a mainstream book publisher expresses an interest in your book, you will be able to produce your Publisher’s Statement as an accurate track record of the book’s sales history.

Anytime you purchase your own books, you will earn a 10% royalty. Because of that royalty payment, you wind up paying 54 cents on the dollar, or a discount of 46% off your book’s retail price. Other book publishers sell you your own book at 25% off (if you are lucky), pay no royalty on those purchases, and always charge you shipping.

How can I purchase a Manuscript Evaluation? 2017-07-12T17:27:09+00:00


When you download our publishing agreement you will receive an order form that includes a checklist of available products and services. Please check “editorial evaluation,” and your book will be forwarded to one of our experienced editorial professionals. Allow approximately two weeks from submission to receive your professional evaluation.

Can I speak to my editor? 2017-07-12T17:26:07+00:00

Unfortunately, our editors are not able to speak individually with authors regarding the manuscript evaluation or copyediting recommendation. However, Infinity takes full responsibility for the decisions of its editors. Should you have questions pertaining to your editorial service, you should direct them to editorialservices@infinitypublishing.com, and you will be contacted as soon as possible. If you are interested in a more in-depth content evaluation that includes an editorial consultation, please review the options available in our Advanced Editorial Service.

How can I be sure my book meets the standards for publication? 2017-07-12T17:25:03+00:00

Our copy editors pass rigorous tests to ensure that they meet our high standards and the standards of the publishing industry. They are editorial professionals who also edit traditionally published books. Your manuscript will be edited using The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and has corrected spelling and word choice according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Once my book is copyedited, what will I receive? 2017-07-12T17:07:45+00:00

In addition to a style sheet, you will receive two versions of your manuscript for your review: a Word Document and a PDF file. The Word document is a clean version of your manuscript with all changes made. This is often much easier to read through and is how most authors will evaluate the flow of the newly edited text. The PDF file contains the editor’s “tracked” changes so that you can see exactly what has been added to and deleted from your original text. If there is a deletion that you would like to reinstate, you will be able to do this by retyping it into the Word document where it originally appeared. You may also make any other changes you wish; however you will be responsible for all changes that appear in your final proof book.

How do I know if my book is “good enough” to publish? 2017-07-12T17:07:45+00:00

Rather than make a judgment as to whether your book is good enough, the manuscript evaluation will determine the level of copyediting required to make your book its professional best. You will please your readers and build an audience for your writing by making your book the best it can be.

Why should I use Infinity Publishing’s editorial service? 2017-07-12T17:07:45+00:00

Infinity Publishing has been working with authors since 1997. In all this time, we have sought out the best, most effective methods of helping authors achieve their goals. Each step of the way, we’ve exhausted a great deal of effort vetting all of our processes to ensure that you can trust us to deliver a value greater than cost. As such, we have created editorial services guaranteed to make your book its professional best.

What if premium copyediting is recommended for my book? Does that mean my book is really bad? 2017-07-12T17:07:45+00:00

Not at all. The three levels of editing are based not only on the time required to edit your book, but on the complexity of the material. Premium copyediting is appropriate when a greater level of attention to style, clarity and consistency will improve the overall quality of the work.

Must I choose the level of copyediting recommended in my evaluation? 2017-07-12T17:07:45+00:00

In all honesty, it is in your book’s best interest to go with the level of copyediting recommended in the evaluation. However, you are free to choose a different level of copy editing, or even to submit your book for copyediting without first having the book evaluated. If the level of copyediting you choose isn’t sufficient to get the job done, we will recommend an alternate level of service.

What is in the Manuscript Evaluation? 2017-07-18T12:09:04+00:00

The evaluation begins with an overview of the main editorial concerns, referencing where they appear in the manuscript. Attention is given to writing mechanics, including grammar, punctuation, and capitalization, as well as syntax and word choice. The basis for your editor’s final recommendation for one of three levels of copy editing is provided using a comprehensive 10-point scale. A small sample edit completes the evaluation, showing you precisely how the prescribed level of editing will benefit your writing. The recommended level of copy editing will depend solely on the unique nature of your book.

Why Should I have my book copyedited? 2017-07-12T17:07:45+00:00


If you’ve worked on your manuscript for months or even years, you may have done all you can on your own. At some point, it’s time to let go of your work and place it in the hands of a professional. Our experienced copy editors know what to look for and will be able to catch mistakes, make suggestions for improvement and generally upgrade the level of your writing. At all levels of service, your manuscript will receive the careful attention of an experienced editorial professional, who will provide the help you need to raise your manuscript to professional publishing standard.

Will I get an ACTUAL BOOK as a proof copy to review with my family and friends? 2017-07-18T12:08:18+00:00

As part of our book publishing service, four to six weeks after we receive your book, you will be sent an eProof of the interior and cover along with other paperwork and instructions. Reading and checking over your own book for typos is vital to producing an error-free book. We suggest you also ask family and friends to help you with proofreading.

The proof copy is very important because you must carefully review your book word for word and record any errors that might have occurred during the conversion process and to catch any typos that might have been missed during your final proofreading that was done before submitting your book to our publishing company.  Some self publishing companies have a surcharge for providing certain forms of proof copies.  Be sure you understand what will be provided as part of the setup charge and what form of proof copies you must pay an additional fee for.  It is essential that the proof copy be extremely representational of your finished book.

In most cases, there are several corrections to be made to the first proof book. A second proof book is almost always necessary to get the book up to your standard of what it should be.

What if a traditional book publisher offers me a deal on my print on demand book? 2017-07-10T13:09:41+00:00


Our authors own ALL the rights to their books and are able to take full advantage of any opportunity that comes their way. Of course, there are those authors who prefer not to get involved with the traditional book publishing world. Many such authors enjoy the creative control and hassle-free experience of self publishing exclusively with us.

You should always view your book as having the potential to be traditionally published. With this in mind, never sign an agreement with a book publisher that holds any rights of any kind to your book or, upon cancellation, retains certain rights for any period of time.

You can stop the selling of your book by us at any time, for any reason, meaning that we will stop fulfilling orders for the book. Many other book publishers require a 90-day notice and then hold certain rights for up to a year. Not having all the rights to your book can severely hinder your chances of landing a traditional book publishing deal.

Do I keep ALL RIGHTS to my book? 2017-07-03T17:12:26+00:00


At Infinity Publishing, you own your copyright and all the rights to your book. If your book has movie potential, wouldn’t you want the right to make that deal? Many book publishing companies keep certain rights and can exercise these rights without your input or approval. Infinity Publishing is a non-exclusive book publishing company and you can publish your book in other forms and formats with other book publishers. You can stop the selling of your book by us at any time and for any reason – instantly and free of hassle! Many book publishing companies require a 90-day notice and then hold certain rights for up to a year.

You should always view your book as having the potential to be traditionally published. With this in mind, never sign an agreement with a book publisher that holds any rights of any kind to your book or, upon cancellation, retains rights for any period of time.

When you self-publish your book with Infinity Publishing, you are only providing us with the right to print and distribute your book worldwide for as long as you want us to. You can cancel at any time. This is important if you think that a literary agent might be interested in your book.

When you receive your first proof book, you will send one book and a check to the Library of Congress along with the completed copyright form. You can print the copyright forms right form your computer. In about nine months, the form will be returned to you with a registration stamp on it.  You may use the copyright symbol with your work even before it is officially registered. Your work is protected as soon as you put it down in fixed form (including typing it on your computer), but must be registered if you need to prove later that someone stole your work and you are seeking damages.


Glossary of Book Publishing Terms:

Rights: You want to be absolutely certain that you retain all rights to your book.  All rights literally means all of the rights—including, but not limited to: foreign, film, audio, hardcover/paperback books, and electronic.  Be certain you are only granting revocable permission for the print on demand publisher to produce and distribute your book in a timely fashion as orders are received under a nonexclusive book publishing agreement.  If the print on demand publisher you are considering requires you to assign any rights to the book publisher for a specific period of time, be sure to ask what they are going to do in exchange for this time constraint and how such an assignment will benefit you.

Copyright: It is in your best interest for you to personally fill out and sign the forms, pay the filing fee and file for your copyright protection with the Library of Congress.  By doing it this way you know without a doubt that the copyright is in your name and you receive and retain the certificate of copyright when it is recorded and granted.

Cancellation: Be sure your book publisher offers a hassle-free termination clause in the agreement that allows you to withdraw from the book publishing arrangement upon written notice (an acknowledged email should be acceptable) to have your book removed from the print on demand publishing system and their online bookstore.  The book publisher will also have to notify Amazon.com and any other online bookstores where they’ve listed your book, about the cancellation.  You’ll need to notify any other websites where you’ve listed your book or where you’ve exchanged links to promote your book.  Some POD companies require you to assign your book to them for several years.  You need to evaluate how this type of prolonged commitment will benefit or hamper your interests if a traditional book publishing house makes you an offer.  Remember, it is often most advantageous to keep your options open.

Nonexclusive: This means that in addition to your print on demand publisher you’re able to publish your book by other methods of publication—including another POD publisher.  However, having two self-published books that are the same with the exception of the ISBN—which identifies the book publisher—could create confusion when booksellers try to order your book.  The nonexclusive provision is another way to keep your book publishing options open.  Another example of how this nonexclusive aspect can be beneficial is with foreign rights. Because your book is available for sale in Europe through a POD publisher based in England (for example), there’s no need to ship books overseas. All the print on demand publisher in the United Kingdom needs is your permission—which your are able to grant because of your print on demand publisher’s nonexclusive agreement—and a book file ready to be converted into their system.

Does your one-time book publishing fee include everything I need to make my book retail ready? 2017-07-03T15:05:44+00:00

As you compare book publishers, make note of what essential elements are included in their various levels of fees. Some will ask you to decide whether you want your picture on the back of your book (for a fee), whether you want the book publisher to sell your books direct (for a fee), or whether you want them to sell your book to stores (for a fee). Their confusing list of fee-based qualifiers goes on and on. With Infinity Publishing, you get all of the services you need to achieve self-publishing success with our author-affordable, one-time setup fee of $599 – no hidden costs and no annual maintenance fee.

Our one low price of $599 covers all aspects of self-publishing your book. There are no varying levels of service where you have a choice of confusing or sorely needed but expensive to add publishing options. We have no add-on charges for tables, footnotes, quotations, text boxes, sidebars, embedded photos, sketches, or artwork.

There is no extra charge for your book to have a laminated cover. There are no extra charges for full-color covers and author’s cover photos, a book for you to federally register your copyright, assignment of an ISBN, submission to Books in Print or submission to other databases as well as our own online bookstore.

It’s hard to imagine, but some book publishers charge their authors extra for the privilege of selling books on the publisher’s website. By charging a fee, these book publishers make a profit even if the author doesn’t sell a single book. When you self publish with Infinity Publishing, your book will automatically be displayed for sale at Buy Books on the Web, our secure e-commerce website. In our online bookstore, your self-published book will have its own separate page with a full color cover, abstract, author’s bio, 1,000 word sneak peek, and reader reviews. Your book can be searched for by author, title, or ISBN. Readers can even log on and rate your book. We receive orders directly from our bookstore website and we also accept orders by our toll free number, fax, or mail.  Most importantly, regardless how the order is received most orders are shipped the same day!

What bookseller policies do you have in place to encourage the sales of my self-published book? 2017-07-03T15:04:06+00:00

We care about bookstore sales – we earn our profit selling books! We offer a full trade discount, and we sell Infinity published books to stores on a returnable basis. This service gives our authors a considerable advantage because many bookstores will not order your book unless the book publisher has an acceptable return policy.  Infinity’s return policy is one of the most liberal in the entire book publishing industry and includes museums, gift shops, libraries, and schools. Many other book publishers do not accept store returns, or they charge authors hundreds of extra dollars annually to make their books returnable. We don’t charge an extra nickel to you or the stores, which is why we have outstanding relationships with thousands of authors and booksellers throughout the nation.

Special topic niche books sell especially well through stores specializing in serving the needs of the niches.  Corporations are often interested in purchasing niche books in significant numbers if the book contains a sponsorship page with a message from the sponsoring corporation.  The sponsor gives the books to their potential customers in the niches.  Infinity’s Corporate Sponsorship Page makes this book marketing opportunity possible.  You find a corporation interested in sponsoring a quantity of your books, and Infinity Publishing will finalize the arrangements and close the deal.  This is at no cost to Infinity authors – the sponsor pays and our author earns a handsome royalty.

Earning a fair profit is essential for print on demand publishers and self publishing companies to stay in business.  What you need to know in making your selection is how they earn their profit. Legitimate book publishers earn their profit by selling the books they produce and distribute to bookstores and the general public. However, some book publishing business models are structured to make a large portion of their profit from selling self publishing services and from authors buying their own books.  Their high prices and low discounts aren’t workable to provide booksellers with enough of an acceptable profit margin for them to handle their books.

Our print on demand self publishing company earns a fair profit from selling books to retailers and to the general public, and a functioning business model in place where a share of the profit is used to develop and implement more direct services and additional benefits for our self publishing authors.

What materials and resources do you have to help support my book marketing efforts? 2017-07-03T15:01:15+00:00

Writing a book happens within a fixed time frame of months and years. However, marketing a book is a never-ending process. At Infinity, we provide the marketing direction and the author provides the marketing effort. Together, it’s a winning combination!

Authors are responsible for promoting and marketing their books. The two most important factors in the sale of a book are good word of mouth and a solid marketing approach. We help take care of the good word of mouth by providing buyers with a beautiful product, delivered quickly. We also help your marketing efforts with our marketing packages, personal consultations with our skilled Author Advocates, newsletters and conferences. Infinity Publishing has a vested interest in helping our authors sell more books. The more books that sell, the better it is for everyone.

With over 4,500 titles in our unique book self-publishing system, it is simply impossible for Infinity to develop and implement an individual marketing plan for every title – especially given the wide array of genres we publish. As a First Amendment press, we are committed to publishing and distributing almost any book that’s legal, regardless of the topic or the perceived marketability of the book.  We want to build upon what our authors know and teach them how to formulate a plan of action to sell more books through their cost-effective and targeted efforts.

There are lots of people who will tell you how to promote your book, but the only one who can really make it happen is you. You’re the only one who can do a book signing for your book; you’re the only one who can do the radio and TV talk show; and you’re the best person to sell your book to the masses. Some authors mistakenly believe that traditional book publishing houses do all of this for their authors. In reality, regardless of who the book publisher is, the authors must work continuously to promote their books.

You, the author, also have the accumulated contacts of friends and extended family to build a grassroots interest in your book. They can be your greatest allies n helping you reach out to a large audience. Even if you discover that some of them aren’t avid readers, they can still talk up the fact that you’ve just had a book published that is available for sale. If they believe in you, others will too. The first step is for you to believe in yourself!

Having done it yourself, what do you see as the future of print on demand self-publishing? 2017-07-03T14:58:20+00:00


“I think POD publishing has a great future.  I’d imagine that the industry will mature and undergo some consolidation as is common among new industries—in fact, you already see some of that with the major traditional publishing houses taking note of the phenomenon and setting up their own operations (ironically, however, with some of the same very slow-moving attributes of their parents).  I think POD gives authors, especially new authors, a great avenue for getting their works out to the public.”
Chuck DeVore and Steven Mosher
China Attacks

“The future of the POD publishing process is extremely good for first-time authors.  If you are successful you can then attract agents.  I believe the POD publishing industry will continue to improve its services, and particularly, alternative ways to help promote and market the books they publish.”
Phil Bullard
Republican Bastards

“I’m constantly recommending that fellow authors publish this way.  Most don’t want to stockpile books and don’t have the time to mail out books to fill orders.  With Print-On-Demand, I’m able to maintain my full-time job while lining up workshops and book signings until I can afford to quit my ‘day job’ and go full-time as a writer and speaker.  Maintaining the rights to your book is a great benefit.  Being able to change or add to the book allows you to ‘keep the book current.’  The content of the book should be your choice as the author, not the publisher.  My book is based on my workshop, which I have presented many times.  The stories are based on true stories.  A traditional publisher couldn’t begin to have the insights I have regarding my material, yet they would have had the right to change whatever they wanted.  I believe more and more authors will recognize the advantage of publishing with POD and the risks involved with publishing with a traditional publisher.  Once your book takes off, a traditional publisher may come forward and make an offer.  Frankly, I’d rather retain control of my book!”

Carol M. Welsh
When You’re Seeing Red, STOP!

“I see the future as POD publishing. How can anybody compete with it. I read recently where Random House or one of the big publishers would be going to publish on-demand in one of their out-houses.  When I read it I thought, someone has seen the writing on the wall—and it ain’t graffiti.”
James M. Waddell
How Majestic And How Grand
Capone’s Vault

“I see magazines, posters, videos, CDs in addition to books being released in Print-On-Demand systems in the future. Think of the trees saved and landfill waste eliminated.  Also, what extreme creativity and choice this would allow us.”
Marie Anakee Miczak
Mehndi – Rediscovering Henna Body Art

“I believe that POD publishing will overshadow the big guys in time for several reasons: 1) readers get tired of reading the same authors with the same story lines in different settings; 2) authors get tired of being bound by restrictions as to subject matter, writing style, and being ignored or rejected by the big publishers who seem reluctant to try anything new; 3) the general public is tiring of major publishers right along with the other monopolies who seek to control everything in their field.”
Anne Marie Jasper
Sandspurs

“In the future I expect more and more publishing companies to go to POD publishing. The POD process will save them money and storage space. Most  traditional publishing companies put only a few books on the market each year, and except for ‘timely’ books, they may take up to two years to publish a book after they have agreed to publish it. With POD they can easily add more titles to their list.”
Mona MacDonald Tippins
TOMORROW THE TRAIN

“I believe this is definitely the wave of the future. Traditional book publishers have been a bottleneck for new authors and they only serve to throttle the availability of new reading material, especially from upcoming authors. I’m sure there are many good authors who either never tried to submit their work, or who never made it to print because of the screening and filtering process provided by these big publishing houses. If a publisher must invest millions of dollars to properly promote an author in order to generate huge book sales, they can’t afford to make many mistakes before they go out of business. POD publishing allows a talented author who’s limited on funds to enter the literary arena and compete with the large publishing houses. I believe the entire book publishing industry will be turned on its head and will look entirely different in the years to come. POD publishing provides a much more level playing field. The traditional book publisher will have to alter their current strategy, or suffer the inevitable consequences of their own demise.”
Chris Crawford
Happiness is Everything!

“The POD publishing industry is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. It’s a young and vital industry that will be the dominant power in the book publishing world in the years to come. This is certainly the way of the future! With this process, books will never go out of print. I feel that the POD publishers that maintain a constant forward motion in their service to both Author and the Reading Public, will become a solid company.”
JD Richards
ONE MORE YESTERDAY (Time Line Trilogy)

“The large publishing houses are consolidating and offering fewer and fewer opportunities for new writers.  They look for ‘sure things’ and follow success trends until the market is saturated with too many versions of a single theme.  The reading public is suffering for that.  In the ever shrinking ‘real’ publishing world, readers have fewer and fewer opportunities to hear fresh voices that offer new ways of thinking.  POD publishing and electronic books provide an outlet for non-mainstream creativity and a venue to readers hungry for new fare. If traditional publishing houses don’t stop taking the safe way with sure-bet authors—that sometimes aren’t such a sure-bet—they’ll dry up and disappear.  The safe way doesn’t look so safe to me and the sure-bet authors just look stale.  Maybe it’s time to say everything old is new again and wave goodbye to the publishing houses, maybe not.  I only know they have some pretty hefty competition coming from POD authors and if they go under, they brought it on themselves.”
Melody Higdon
With Crystal Clarity
The Gale-Borne Child

What have you been doing to promote your self-published, print on demand book? 2017-07-03T14:56:21+00:00

“To market my book, I’ve been emailing out the URL to my book to those who have expressed interest, or those I think would be interested.  I have sold several copies
lately by word of mouth.  I’m working with a web design firm in Australia and have built a site to market the book.  They’re working on obtaining a domain name.  I’ve also used the business and postcards Infinity provided in their optional promotional package.  Everything combined seems to work…but the author needs to work on several approaches simultaneously.”
Kimberley Koedoot
On Eagles Wings

“I promoted my novel ‘Republican Bastards’ in three ways.  I knew that I had a cadre of friends and relatives who would want to feed on their curiosity about my book and would purchase the book.  I must say, however, that many of them will expect you to give them the book free.  You must factor that into your promotional cost.  My second avenue was to pursue local bookstores, florist shops (gifts), and other entities to carry the book on consignment.  Generally an 80/20 split off retail is acceptable.  Finally, I started a web site with the title of the book.  You can really become creative, earn $$ from book sales, and join the Affiliates program who put advertising on your web site.  The web site had an additional advantage I did not expect.  It is fun.  It is easy to find many mailing lists once you start to explore the web.”
Phil Bullard
Republican Bastards

“Infinity Publishing provides an annual writers conference for their authors.  I attended the first one in September 2000.  I learned so many ideas on how to promote my book.  For instance, when someone asks me what I do, I now say I’m an author and speaker.  I don’t even mention my full-time job that I’m currently using to support my promotional expenses.  That’s immaterial.  I want people to ask me about my book!

Since my book is about relationships, it’s a popular topic for talk shows.  The advantage of publishing with a Print-On-Demand publisher is that while I’m on the air, I can give the publisher’s toll-free number to order the book and it’s mailed within 48 hours.  Or, they can go to my web site to read the first 1,000 words or order the book through a link to my publisher.  I don’t have to be bothered with preparing books for mailings, waiting in line at the post office, being authorized to accept credit cards (which is getting harder and harder to get) or accepting checks from people I haven’t met.  My (part-time) publicist arranges appearances on radio/TV shows and writing workshops/book signings at libraries/bookstores.  My agent in Orlando, FL, schedules speaking engagements.”
Carol M. Welsh
When You’re Seeing Red, STOP!

“Numerous public speaking events (I’m on the local speakers bureau for the Republican Party and I’ve just gotten on the recommended speakers list for the World Presidents’ Organization). Attended a political convention as a vendor and sold about 35 books—enough to cover the fees with a little left over. News releases on BusinessWire—it costs $100 a year for membership and from $90 to $250 per news release which goes out to the Internet and is faxed to the news outlets of the region you chose. Created my own web site, www.ChinaThreat.com to promote my book and my co-author’s traditionally published book.  I then ensured that the site was visible to most of the search engines. Sought out radio show appearances.  I’ve been on radio about 5 times now to promote the book.  My co-author appeared on C-SPAN 2 Book TV for his traditionally published nonfiction book on China and someone asked him a few questions about ‘China Attacks‘, allowing him to explain the book. That appearance probably sold more than 200 books.”
Chuck DeVore
and Steven Mosher

China Attacks

“The question probably should have been ‘what haven’t you done to promote your book?’. ‘1001 Ways to Market Your Books’ by John Kremer was a great starting point for my promotion plans.  Having a website that receives thousands of visitors a month has also been extremely helpful.  I don’t limit myself to Internet marketing however.  Writing articles on my book’s subject and having them published in various magazines has been very rewarding sales-wise.  It also builds your credibility, especially if you have penned nonfiction books like I have.  Ads can also be important, especially in trade publications covering your genre.  If ad space is too expensive for me, I ask the publisher/editor if they would like to give away an autographed copy of my book to their readers in the form of a contest.  This way the cost will only be the price of your book plus shipping.  A far cry from the hundreds of dollars that a reasonable ad spot can go for.  I also will be having my books shown at conferences and conventions via co-opt presenters.  The fees range from $39.00 to $80.00 and your books get shown next to mainstream, university and small press titles.  I believe a mixture of ‘old school’ and Internet publicity can yield wonderful results without costing you a fortune.”
Marie Anakee Miczak
Mehndi – Rediscovering Henna Body Art

“To promote ‘Happiness is Everything!,’ I’ve been advertising on the Internet on several pay-per-click sites. I’m also doing a lot of word of mouth with my market.  I’ve recently been tying it in with a new BioTech product launch I’m involved with. My campaign is Health, Wealth and Happiness.  The product is called BioChoice. It’s a revolutionary breakthrough Biotech wellness product developed by Dupont and ConAgra. It supports and balances the immune system targeting all the diseases of aging. This absolutely wonderful product helps your body to heal itself and fight off infection. My book website is: www.booksbycrawford.com which promotes happiness. At the bottom of the page, I have a link to my BioChoice website. When I mail out information to people regarding this opportunity, I send along a bookmark—plugging my book. This ties it all together: health, wealth and happiness!”
Chris Crawford
Happiness is Everything!

“You have to make sure that you keep your name and book title in the public eye all the time. To that end, I use my desktop publishing program a lot to make promo cards, (take-away cards) stating that my book is now available, etc., and leave them in various public locations. I have an excellent publicist who keeps my name in the newspaper a lot with different appearances at different resorts in the area. Libraries and book clubs are always looking for speakers and the like.”
JD Richards
ONE MORE YESTERDAY (Time Line Trilogy)

“I’ve attended book fairs where I was allowed to sell books.  I’ve done book signings, and continue to visit bookstores to set up signings.  I hand out business cards and bookmarks promoting my book.  I’ve printed posters for venues to use to advertise my book. I’m still working to get reviews in publications. I maintain an active email list to whom I send any news related to my writing, to keep my name in people’s minds.  I’ve built a website to promote my writing: http://www.angelfire.com/dc/bloodandbone/”
Austin S. Camacho
Blood and Bone

“While the book was still in production with the POD company, I created a teaser direct mail piece.  I also generated a list of names and addresses [snail mail] of people I knew who might be interested in reading my book.  I used a sexy woman (one of the characters in the novel) and personalized the introduction.  So one of the book’s characters was inviting the recipient to order a copy.  On the back side of the folder, there was info on how to order.  It was a successful effort.  I also encouraged a local bookstore to place an initial order and later had a book signing session there.  Since then the bookstore has sold out and had to re-order four times.”
Dick Standring
DANGEROUS RELATIONSHIPS

“My husband and I made a flyer with a short synopsis, bio, excerpt, and pictures of my husband, myself and the book. Then we left some in the libraries, and with anyone we thought may be interested in buying our book ‘Secrets In The Night.’   I have had several book signings in Books-A-Million, and I did the same thing, I put up a poster of my book, and left several flyers a week before the book signing.  I also took the flyer to the local newspapers and they published it in the newspaper.”
Annabelle Berton
Secrets In The Night

“Well…promotion is the key! I am often recruited as a speaker on the subject of ‘healing and humor’ and my books always go with me.  I frequently offer one (with crayons) as a door prize. I always include an order form in the back of my book, providing info on how to order from me as well as from Infinity Publishing‘s online bookstore, www.BuyBooksOnTheWeb.com.  I also am a member of SPAN which offers several leads and submit my book to other sites as well as radio/TV.  Wellness Reproductions & Publishing carries my book in their catalog and sales have been good with that.  I have had 5 feature news articles, 3 radio interviews and 2 segments on the local PBS station, all of whom are ready to have me back with the next book. Two local libraries purchased copies. I have published an article which has been used on a Pituitary Brain Tumor Support Group Site, an arts site out of North Carolina, a Minnesota web site coming out this January, and a Mind/Body publication in Michigan in January.  Info on my book is always included. Of course, I always ‘talk up’ my book and also hand out sample cartoons with my business card. I am on the ‘waiting list’ for a national TV show…believe me, I’ll let you know WHEN (not ‘if’!) that happens. I also make ‘hospital rounds’ and pass out sample cartoons with contact info on the back to patients/staff as that is where I first started cartooning. I really have fun with my book and have always been excited about how it gives a smile to others. I keep researching new ways to market it.  I, like all authors, would like to increase my sales and approach all likely avenues.”
Jo Lee Dibert-Fitko
“…You Never Asked For This!”
An Adult Cartoon/Coloring Book

“I sell my book on my two websites: www.KellyBliss.com, which provides fitness and healthy eating support, and www.PlusSizeYellowPages.com, a resource for plus size living.  Next, I write articles for newsletters, other websites, newspapers and magazines.  Instead of paying for advertising, I get paid to provide content!  I include information on how to purchase my book and TEN fitness videos.  I have become known on the speaking tour for motivational speakers.  I often speak on the topics of health, weight, and body image at conferences for professionals.  These professionals buy my books and videos to take back and show their clients, thus providing even more sales with their recommendations. I have partnered with a marketing firm that will run FULL PAGE ads in major magazines and sell a book and video combination.  They are financing the venture and they will make most of the money.  However, this will help establish my national reputation.  I am also in negotiation with some of the TV shopping channels.  This method is useful if a book is combined with another product that ‘shows well’ and provides a fun demonstration for the TV audience and camera while providing a service for the general public.”
Kelly Bliss, M.Ed.
Don’t Weight Eat Healthy and Get Moving NOW!

If you were self-publishing your book today, what would you do differently? 2017-07-03T14:52:33+00:00

“I am publishing my book again today.  Previously I chose another book publisher to publish my book.  Before I signed on they provided wonderful customer service.  Once I became one of their authors they ignored me, missed EVERY deadline, were abusive when speaking to me, and cost me thousands of dollars by disrupting the launch of my business.  So now, I am publishing the same book again with Infinity Publishing.  I have found better pricing, excellent service, and a group of people who CARE about my book and me!”
Kelly Bliss, M.Ed.
Don’t Weight Eat Healthy and Get Moving NOW!

“I would not do anything differently with the publishing. However, I would hire an editor.”
Mary Ann Cain
Risk Taker

“I would rewrite it better and have it professionally edited because it was actually better than I thought it was and has been liked by all who have read it.  I never thought of myself as a writer…it just happened.”
Dave Brooks
JuCLuCee

“I would do nothing different as I am completely satisfied with the end result.  They did a better job  with the cover art and binding than most regular publishers.  Quality is top notch.”
Robert W. Pelton
Traitors and Treason – Civil War Period Cookery – Revolutionary War Period Cookery

“I will be publishing my sequel book mid-year in 2002. With this book I’m not even going to consider using a literary agent or a traditional publisher.  I will stay with Infinity Publishing.  I know the staff and feel like I have a ‘family of support.’  Imagine being able to pick up the phone and talk to your publisher!  It’s a great feeling.  It’s great to know my sequel book will be published within two months or less after I submit it!  I love being able to make changes or additions, such as the two pages of endorsements I was able to add or to update my photo.  And, I don’t have to deal with rejection letters!”
Carol M. Welsh
When You’re Seeing Red, STOP!

“When I first wrote my manuscript, I didn’t pay much attention to editing because I was under the belief that a [traditional] publishing house would have an editorial staff and therefore would take care of this for me. When I decided to use a POD publisher, I utilized a spell and grammar check on my word processing software. Unfortunately, many editing errors went unnoticed. I would have saved a lot of time had I invested in the services of a professional book editor before submitting my manuscript to my POD publisher, which by the way, I ended up doing anyway. Now I can feel confident that my work is clean, polished and highly presentable.”
Chris Crawford
Happiness is Everything

“I would explore several POD publishers before making a decision on which one I would use.  That is exactly what I did with my second book now available from Infinity Publishing.”
Dick Standring
DANGEROUS RELATIONSHIPS

“I don’t think there’s much I’d do differently.  I didn’t just jump into it without doing research first, and I made my choices as educated as possible.  I did my best.  It remains to be seen if it works out.  I take comfort in the fact that everyone who reads my books likes them.  One reader at a time—one book at a time.”
Melody Higdon
With Crystal Clarity
The Gale-Borne Child

What if I do not like the suggestions made by the marketing team? 2017-07-03T14:50:36+00:00

The marketing plan and strategy provided to the author will be designed following the initial phone call consultation.  The recommendations will be made by a book marketing professional, who has the knowledge of where and how an author should be marketing.  We will provide the author with a marketing plan and strategy to use as they see fit.  If there needs to be any adjustments, that can be discussed in the follow-up call.

This is a marketing service and with any marketing service, there is no guarantee of book sales.

 

Is one of the suggestions going to be to purchase other marketing services? 2017-07-03T14:50:05+00:00

Yes, this is a possibility.  The first initial consultation will dictate what direction the market plan will go.  Infinity Publishing offers an extensive menu of marketing services and if they suit the needs of the author, we will provide that information as a resource. The author is not obligated to make any additional purchases.  The marketing plan includes a plan for the author to execute on their own.

 

Do I have to purchase a publicity kit to get the marketing consultation? 2017-07-03T14:49:38+00:00

You do not have to purchase a publicity kit with the marketing consultation.  The marketing consultation service is tailored for each author.  This is a separate service from any printed marketing materials packages we offer.

 

What if I do not have email? 2017-07-03T14:48:57+00:00

Infinity Publishing uses emails to correspond with all of our authors. There are many free email service providers like Google.com and Yahoo.com.  If this is a problem for you, please call us to make other arrangements.  Additional fees may apply.

 

Should I have a marketing consultation if I don’t have much of a marketing budget? 2017-07-03T14:48:19+00:00

Absolutely!  If you’re an author on a budget, this is one of the best investments you can make.  We’ll provide you with a plan that includes DIY (Do-it-yourself) options and then include other options that you can consider down the line.

 

How does the marketing consultation work? 2017-07-03T14:47:56+00:00

Once we have received your paperwork and payment for this service, we will send you a pre-consultation questionnaire, just a few basic questions about what your goals are and where you want to go.  Then we’ll schedule a phone call with you to learn more about your title and your goals.  Following the call, we’ll put together a marketing plan for you and then schedule a follow-up call to review.  Everything is customized for your book.

 

Why do I need a marketing consultation? 2017-07-03T14:47:16+00:00

Planning your book marketing campaign is as important as writing your book.  Distribution is the first step in getting your book ready for book sales and marketing is what will drive your sales.  Our marketing consultants specialize in marketing for authors.  We will work with you to help with your strategy, creating a customized campaign just for your book and budget.

 

What is compression on a CD? 2017-07-03T13:40:41+00:00

Dynamic range compression, also called audio level compression, in which the dynamic range, the difference between loud and quiet, of an audio waveform is reduced. This is done during the mastering of the CD.

How does an author calculate the number of CDs their book will need? 2017-07-03T13:39:36+00:00

The general word count per CD is no more than 11,000 words there are many variables that can affect the length of an audio book including content (fiction, technical, cookbook) narrator, amount of punctuation, etc. Use this as a general rule only.

How is One-Hour Audio book priced? 2017-07-03T13:39:13+00:00

The cost of One-Hour Audio product is a minimum of $12.95 (but can be Value-Added).

What are the submission requirements for a One-Hour Audio? 2017-07-03T13:38:39+00:00

The author must submit a script with clear instructions on pronunciation, mood and tone.

The author must submit the chosen narrators name.

The author must submit all supporting documents as required by the print book submission (i.e. agreement, biography, synopsis, etc.).

What is the length of a One-Hour Audio product? 2017-07-03T13:38:13+00:00

Approximately 11,000 words or up to 78 minutes.

What is DRM? 2017-07-03T13:37:17+00:00

It stands for Digital Rights Management.

This is a system for protecting the copyright of data circulated via the Internet or other digital media by enabling secure distribution and/or disabling illegal distribution of the data.

If an author makes changes/corrections to their print book after the eBook formatting is complete, what is the charge? 2017-07-03T13:36:47+00:00

No changes/corrections will be made to the eBook file unless the author pays another set up fee of $199.

Can I make changes to my eBook during the proofing stage? 2017-07-03T13:35:58+00:00

Absolutely no text, grammar, punctuation, etc. errors will be fixed in the eBook proof stage – if an author wants changes to their book before the eBook is formatted all post-production charges and procedures apply.

Can I receive a copy of my eBook on CD? 2017-07-03T13:35:11+00:00

If you would like a copy of your eBook on CD the cost is $150.

Are eBooks available from BBOTW? 2017-07-03T13:16:06+00:00

Not at this time – but we are in the process of developing the software that will allow that to happen. Our site does not support DRM – so programming and development are being worked on.

Do you need a computer to buy an eBook? 2017-07-03T13:15:42+00:00

You need a computer, an eReader (like kindle) or an eBook capable smart device to buy and download an eBook

Why did you decide to self-publish your book using print on demand? 2017-07-03T13:13:31+00:00

“I self-published because I know I have a good story to tell, but was tired of wasting my time and money sending out manuscripts, only to receive rejection slips [from traditional publishers].”
Annabelle Berton
Secrets In The Night

“I liked the convenience and no-hassle idea of POD publishing. There were no letters to submit, no synopsis review, no agented-only submission guidelines and all the usual hassles you have to go through with traditional publishing. However, traditional publishing, as troublesome as it is, does have its merits. I also liked the speed with which you could have your book, which was super fast considering. I felt in control as well, like I was the captain of my ship, guiding my own destiny (well, at least most of the time). But of course, the best thing of all was the fact that there was no pesky editor involved to alter your manuscript.  What you wrote was what got published, which equates more honest work.”
Darline Coupet
Embracing the Horror

“After spending hundreds of hours—and  dollars—submitting my manuscript to [traditional] publishers I just wanted to see my book in print.   I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on marketing because I love to write but hate to sell. However there were friends and relatives who wanted my book.   I didn’t want to be stuck with a room full of books nor did I want to invest thousands more dollars into what amounts to my hobby, not a business.   And I wanted to get my name out there as a writer, and nothing does that like a physical book.”
Austin S. Camacho
Blood and Bone

“I had an agent in Florida for a year.  They were unsuccessful in attracting any attention from the six publishers they flirted with.  Since I had a substantial investment in time, I decided the story was worth publishing in some form, and I had already mentioned the book to enough friends that they were beginning to ask when was my book going to be published, and how could they get a copy?  It was sufficient incentive to move forward.  That’s when I decided to go with a POD publisher.”
Dick Standring
DANGEROUS RELATIONSHIPS

“The reason I decided on POD is this. When the major publishers were too snobbish to even respond to my letters because I am new to the world of publishing, I researched all the avenues from vanity publishing to self-publishing and kept track of all the money involved for the value in return for each. With my husband’s job, we move around a lot and it is nearly impossible for me to carry or even receive, in some cases, massive quantities of books—that is my own personal drawback for setting up a business of my own.  Then there are the expenses involved for various services, i.e., cover design, ISBN blocks, printing costs, etc., which need to be figured in to publication. Then there is the time involved to research and choose an operative for each issue. For one book, the costs even out and it appears to me that the royalties from almost every POD are equal to the net profit no matter which way I went. I chose POD for the simplicity.”
Anne Marie Jasper
Sandspurs

“Steven Mosher (my co-author) and I found that the traditional publishing industry moves at its own pace.  Further, they are inundated with books and concepts.  Even though Steven is a successful author of many nonfiction books, we found that we received little to no credit for that fact in the eyes of the fiction side of the publishing houses.  After a few months of getting nowhere, we decided to go with POD.  There were four issues that attracted us to POD: 1) our book would be available to the public within 2-3 months after submittal, not the more than one year expected in the traditional industry; 2) we retained all rights; 3) the modest cost (as compared to the vanity publishing method; 4) the enhanced ability to get the word out to the public and key people (while a work of fiction, ‘China Attacks,’ has major real-world politico-military affairs components).”
Chuck DeVore
and Steven Mosher
China Attacks

“1. I had no control over my book while my literary agent had my book for 1 1/2 years.  It was a helpless feeling.  Then I knew if she got a publisher for my book, it might not come out for another two years!  Besides that, there was no guarantee that the book would still get published.  I know of two people whose publishers were bought up by another publisher and their books were never published and there was a battle to regain their rights.  2. I couldn’t wait any longer because I needed the book to sell at workshops.  3. What Infinity Publishing offered for the price was outstanding, plus I maintain the rights to the book.  Colleagues counseled me to self-publish but I couldn’t afford the huge sums nor did I want a stockpile of books.  With Infinity Publishing, the cost was minimal and included a professional artist who designed the color cover of my book and the option to have my photo on the back.”
Carol M. Welsh
When You’re Seeing Red, STOP!

“I have several friends who have published books in my area of expertise.  They each found themselves in the awful position of having demand for their book yet the publisher did not think it was worth a second printing.  Therefore, these authors had to wait several years until the contract with the traditional publisher expired.  Then do you know what they did?  They published their books with a POD company!  I want to make sure I have control over my book and that it is available as long as it is needed.  The second reason I chose POD is that I did not want to fight the fight to get my book accepted by a traditional publishing house.  I did not like the odds.  LESS than one in FOUR HUNDRED submitted books get published.”
Kelly Bliss, M.Ed.
Don’t Weight Eat Healthy and Get Moving NOW!

“The decision to publish is extremely difficult for a first-time writer.  Can you publish through the old traditional method of finding an agent first, and then a publisher who requests a monumental list of tasks?  I based my decision on ease, and the POD industry was the answer.  I also had another important decision to face.  My first choice for POD publishing was through a company that offered no direct liaison and answered my questions via email only.  Then I became aware of another POD publisher who had an author’s advocate.  That friendly voice over the phone offering guidance gave me the comfort to publish with Infinity.  I found that there are many questions, and verbal support and comfort are worth any amount of dollars invested.”
Phil Bullard
Republican Bastards

“I contacted Infinity Publishing as soon as I saw their ad in Writer’s Digest. With POD publishing my book will never go out of print unless I choose to have it taken out. My book will never have excess copies that face the giant shredding machines. Best of all, I can change or update my book at any time. My next book is a travel guide, which would indeed have a short print life if published in the traditional way. A travel guide must keep up with constant changes, and with POD publishing I can keep my book current.”
Mona MacDonald Tippins
TOMORROW THE TRAIN

“In a word—expediency! The traditional method of submitting endless queries and copies of manuscripts to literary agents is a long and drawn-out process. Most publishers are hesitant to take on the risk of signing up an unknown author. Unless you have a Dr. or Ph.D. in front of your name, or your topic is both newsworthy and highly controversial, a new author has virtually no chance of ever becoming noticed in the literary world.  I received countless rejections having comments sewn with a similar thread of verbiage: ‘The topic of your book is very interesting and your writing skills are excellent. Although we believe your message needs to be delivered, we cannot take a chance on a new author at this time. Best of luck!’

I felt my message had to be delivered. The topic of my book is on happiness and in this fast-paced society we live in, who doesn’t want to be happy? I tried my hand at marketing my work as an ‘E’ book. Unfortunately, neither the technology nor the demand exists yet. An ‘E’ book provides some benefits, but these are quickly offset by several disadvantages. Potential eyestrain from staring at a computer screen and the lack of portability forces the reader to print a hardcopy. There go the initial cost savings as the reader wastes an entire print cartridge and a ream of paper to complete the job. At that point, the reader loses the benefit of having a color book jacket having double-sided printed and bound pages. You can’t put your computer up on your bookshelf. A stack of papers with a huge paper clip isn’t appealing either. In addition, it’s hard to hand an ‘E’ book to a friend or loved one as a gift.

I decided to publish my book with Infinity Publishing in order to deliver my message while forgoing the hassle of waiting for a traditional publisher to realize my work is worthwhile for print.  A POD publisher offers a low-cost solution while allowing the author to establish full control over their marketing and promotional efforts. In addition, the royalty payments are higher with POD publishers because the overhead of stocking inventory is eliminated. Best of all, there’s no other feeling like being able to hand someone a signed copy of your book. Not many people can say they are a published author.”
Chris Crawford
Happiness is Everything!

“The number one reason I chose POD was speed of release. It seemed to take over a year for my traditional publisher to fully release my book. Then, while it may have been physically published, it took more time to be listed at Ingram and online bookstores. That was entirely too long and likely cost me many sales. With POD your book is out there, for sale in a matter of months. Censorship and proper rendering is another reason I went with POD. Many publishers have a hidden bottom line that may negatively affect what you are trying to convey in your work. This may include commercial associations and buyers that they don’t wish to ‘offend.’ With POD you are allowed to speak more freely, which I think the general public greatly appreciates.”
Marie Anakee Miczak
Mehndi – Rediscovering Henna Body Art

“I went with a POD publisher because it was a better offer than any of the others could make.  Also the contract was straightforward, with no trick clauses like I had run into before.”
James M. Waddell
How Majestic And How Grand and Capone’s Vault

“I decided to publish my book POD because I couldn’t get a foot in the door with the publishers.  Part of the problem was agents.  As you know, you just can’t get into the game at all without one.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t get an agent at all.  I could get agents; just not good ones.  I couldn’t get on with an agent with any kind of muscle.  No-name author = no-name agent.  I was told that quite bluntly several times by agents who admired my work but didn’t feel like putting out the effort to MAKE a name for me.  In exasperation, I eventually pointed out that authors WITH names didn’t need them, but my logic didn’t move anyone.  It came down to faith.  I decided that no one else was going to do this for me and I wanted to be able to look back one day and say ‘I took my best shot’ whether I found fame and fortune or not.  I took a deep breath and did it.  I can’t say I regret it.”
Melody Higdon
With Crystal Clarity and The Gale-Borne Child

“‘Traditional’ publishers seem to think that if you’re not a ‘name’ author, then you can’t write. They are way too slow in getting back with you, if they ever do at all, and they think that they know more about what the author ‘meant’ to write, than the author himself. POD publishing cuts through all the BS and allows the author to get his or her story out to the reading public.”
JD Richards
ONE MORE YESTERDAY—Time Line Trilogy

“Decided to publish with a POD because of the initial cost.  Very little investment required and a great royalty paid the author.”
Robert W. Pelton
Traitors and Treason – Civil War Period Cookery – Revolutionary War Period Cookery

What kinds of books couldn’t be published by a traditional book publishing company? 2017-07-03T13:04:37+00:00

Current event books dealing with very time-sensitive topics aren’t candidates for traditional book publishing. It can take a traditional publishing company from 18 to 24 months of hurried efforts to hasten a book through their publishing process and have it ready for distribution. China Attacks, a contemporary novel by Chuck DeVore and Steven W. Mosher, is an excellent example of a timely topic that couldn’t wait for the slow-turning wheels of a traditional book publishing company. Chuck and Steve are both traditionally published authors. They have years of Far East experience and knew that the potential of world events involving China would greatly help to promote the sale of their book. Their rush to publish was because real world events were on a course similar to events included in their work of fiction. Each month their book would have been delayed in a traditional book publisher’s production department, would have reduced their window of opportunity to capitalize on media coverage involving China. China Attacks sold very well during the China spy-plane incident. The nature of international relations and the authors’ telling of the events in a book of fiction could explode into reality any day. Infinity Publishing produced their 415-page book, China Attacks, in less than two weeks. The digital book publishing process greatly expanded their window for international exposure and provided a platform for the authors to explain some of China’s veiled goals. China Attacks is an excellent example of how a book on a timely topic benefits from early market positioning.

Most of the traditional book publishers won’t consider publishing books of poetry, collections of works by less than well-known authors, memoirs and autobiographies by not-so-famous writers. However, these kinds of books do well as self-published, print on demand books. If only a few hundred of these special interest books sell, there’s still a profit for the authors even though personal reflection books by the “unfamous” aren’t an easy sell regardless of how they’re published. Also, an author’s work will be in print for decades into the future for friends and family to order and enjoy. Book buyers—especially independent bookstores—in increasing numbers are seeking out special topic books that they know they can only find in the print on demand publisher’s inventory. Our self-published authors are able to enjoy more creative freedom because they’re writing beyond the box. They know their print on demand books will be published and available for sale.

Why would a traditionally published author want to self-publish a book using print on demand? 2017-07-03T13:03:29+00:00

The short answer is the potential to make more money from royalties and to have complete creative control over their book. Our self-publishing company allows you to retain all rights to their book—you are only granting us permission to publish your book via our print on demand system. A print on demand book has a longer earning window, with the possibility to pay a higher return. That earned income could total far more than a customary first book’s advance, which is more or less in the neighborhood of $2,500 to $5,000.

The traditionally published book is quite unlikely to earn back the advanced royalties paid to the author. This means the author won’t be receiving royalty checks for their 8 to 10% of the book sales—because their book sales have been much lower than projected by the book publishing company’s sales representatives. With our print on demand publishing method, your books won’t be back-listed or ever go out of print. Our self-publishing authors get monthly royalty checks, have complete control over their book from cover to cover, and are free to publish without any required in-house editorial modification.

What kinds of authors self publish their books using print on demand? 2017-07-27T12:31:50+00:00

Every author has a blend of talents mixed with various motivations for writing. Print on demand publishing is an evolving method of self-publishing—not separate from conventional self-publishing, but rather a vital, growing aspect of self-publishing.  Print on demand authors are more of a mixed breed than authors trying to mimic traditional ways or trying to write according to a formula in order to overcome the high odds against having their books accepted by a traditional book publishing company. Our self-publishing authors are seeking out, in increasing numbers, the expressive freedom to be found with our print on demand book publishing method.  Self-publishing authors are eager to learn the many self-promotional ways for marketing their print on demand books.  The money saved from not using the higher-priced commercial print run is often used to fund their marketing efforts.

Our print on demand publishing process provides a level platform that’s more supportive of authors expressing their creativity. If you choose our optional copyediting service, our skilled editors work directly with you and your word is final as to what goes into or stays out of your book. Our copyediting service corrects common mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation and more but does not change the style, flow, character usage, or story line of your book. Your unique approach and style is allowed to shine with with the polished and professional presentation it deserves. Our self-publishing process grants you the freedom to write for your own enjoyment and for the gratification of the reader instead of writing to entice an agent into perhaps representing your book. Freedom to be more expressive gives our print on demand authors a wonderful creative edge.

Is your Self Publishing Company like a vanity press? 2017-07-03T13:01:37+00:00

Our print on demand business model isn’t at all like vanity book publishing. Our book publishing company pays royalties, produces and distributes books, and provides the listening ear of an Author’s Advocate to help you understand how to better market your book. We earn our profits selling our authors’ books to book buyers. Vanity book publishing companies do not pay royalties, do not distribute books (except to the author) and do not provide any marketing or promotional support for the authors. They make their money selling overpriced books to their authors. Self-publishing using print on demand is very different because the book publishing process is mutually beneficial and proactive in focusing on earning profits from selling books to the general public.

Authors often confuse print on demand publishing with vanity publishing. There’s nothing vain about having enough of a belief in your book that you take the necessary steps to self-publish your book at your direction. There’s no one filled with more passion than our self-publishing authors when given an opportunity to talk about their books.

Can print on demand publishing bring about change in the book publishing industry? 2017-07-03T13:00:51+00:00

Self-published, print on demand books will continue to capture an increasing market share. We have been improving our methods for providing more authors considering the self-publishing route with the opportunity to be published. Self-published books succeed by their merits and through your marketing efforts, with support from our experienced Author Advocates. Print on demand publishing grants you the freedom to write your book in your own way, and this freedom will certainly have an effect on the expectations of traditionally published authors. Each month self-published books are securing a larger area of acceptance by the reading public. Part of their increasing popularity with book buyers is because self-published books have greatly expanded the range of subjects and topics in print. A large number of specialty markets can add up to one enormous market, and the large book publishing companies are soon going to want a share. In order to do this, they will have to rethink how they decide what to publish and what not to publish.

Self-publishing is a method of publishing and distributing books that’s different than traditional book publishing because the author has control over their book. Print on demand is gaining in popularity as another way for an author to self-publish; a way that’s often more cost-effective than ordering a print run of several thousand books. As more authors are finding success as self-publishing authors, self-publishing has taken on a new dimension in the book publishing world. Their successes are causing some of the traditional book publishing companies to take a second look.

The increasing public consumption of self-published books has certainly captured the attention of the traditional book publishing companies. The floodgates have opened and wave after wave of expressive new authors are finding the joys and profits in self-publishing through our print on demand system.

How can your Self-Publishing Company publish a wider selection of genres? 2017-07-03T12:59:46+00:00

Simple math. If each year, over 200,000 book proposals are submitted to traditional book publishers and agents, and only 10,000 are selected for publication, then there are more than 190,000 unselected authors who remain unpublished. The print on demand publishing process offers authors the opportunity to self publish beyond the selective, restrictive confines of the traditional book publishing industry. Let’s say for every romance novel accepted there are 100 rejected because they didn’t follow the proper hot button of formula writing that was expected—or, to put it another way, they were lacking in the sameness that has long been the norm in order to secure the bottom line. There wasn’t a thing wrong with the wordsmithing; they simply lacked the specific cataloging needs of the book publishing house.

How many times can an author be rejected and not lose faith? There are alternatives.

Many of those rejected authors are finding the guts to self publish their books using print on demand. If only 25 of those rejected romance authors self-publish books, then book shoppers have 25 new releases in an array of blended genres to consider. Now, if you are projecting these numbers to other genres, and add in a few new ones, you could see 60,000 to 90,000 new self published titles versus 10,000 new releases by traditional publishing houses.

When publishing your book with us, you will enjoy the utmost of freedom, flexibility, and high profitability; just as a self-published author would. At the same time, you’ll be the published author of a book, that is manufactured to bookstore quality standard and available to stores and retailer; just like authors of traditionally published books. Our self publishing authors have enjoyed great success with their books and have appeared on Oprah, Dr. Laura, CNN, Howard Stern, Book TV, and more! We have published best selling authors, famous columnists, and even Miss USA 2004, Shandi Finessey.

Why would I want to increase the price of my Print On Demand book? 2017-07-03T12:58:13+00:00

To earn a higher royalty! While we provide a suggested list price for your book, you may set your non-fiction book’s price higher than that suggested list price. If you do, your royalties will be higher. We refer to this as our Value-Added Royalties Program.

Increasing the retail price of your book is an option available to non-fiction authors through our distinctive Value-Added Royalties Program. The minimum value-added increase is $2,00; additional increases must be in whole dollars only. Royalties in the Value-Added Program are calculated based on two factors: the suggested list price of your book based on its total number of pages, and 75% of the added value.

The retail price you choose needs to achieve an unique balance between the perceived price and other similar titles in the marketplace. A wide range of creative expression is becoming increasingly available through print on demand books at affordable prices. This program is geared towards non-fiction books because your work in compiling proprietary material will benefit the reader in saved research time. The intellectual property you create for a non-fiction book is an excellent reason to increase the price. The book is worth more because of the value of the content. Don’t undervalue the fruit of your efforts.

How will my self-published book be priced? 2017-07-03T12:57:20+00:00

We will provide you with a suggested retail price based on the number of pages in your book but you have the option of increasing the retail price and earn a much higher royalty percentage on sales. Our suggested list price allows your book to compete with other bookstore books and win!

Many book publishers price their books much higher than ours. These book publishers then offer seemingly high royalty percentages based on spurious math (including paying royalties on net receipts). This gives authors the illusion that they will get paid a high royalty percentage. Too bad all the royalties in the world won’t amount to anything when the over-priced book doesn’t sell. Our book pricing starts at $9.95 because we believe that sales equal success.

Our books are all beautiful trade paperbacks printed with high quality black and white interiors and full color laminated covers. Our published books are comparable to or better than those found in bookstores. They are not those cheaply made, mass market, pocket-sized books. Because of their beauty, convenience, and quality, trade paperbacks are fast becoming the standard format used for many first run books from even traditional book publishers.

What’s a print on demand book file? 2017-07-03T12:56:12+00:00

Many authors use a computer word processing program—such as Microsoft Word—to compose their books. Some writers create a new file for each chapter or section of their book. We require that your book be compiled into one large word processing file that contains all the elements of the book from the first to the last page. We use no cookie-cutter templates and allow you to self-publish a book that is a unique and individual expression of your vision. Our instructions allow you to go as far as you wish when laying out your book. If you are an experienced computer user, you may specify many attributes of your layout. But if you are not, you may simply do the best you can, and allow us to pick up where you leave off. Either way, our highly trained production department will provide the attention to detail necessary to provide your first proof book with the aspects of professionalism required of a published book.

The word processing book file that you send to us is converted into a special digitized file, which our digital printer uses to print your book. The conversion process only works if the entire book is contained in one computer file—except for the cover. The book cover art is usually in a separate file that includes the front cover, spine, and back cover.

How does my new book get added to your Print On Demand publishing system? 2017-07-03T12:55:39+00:00

Adding a book to our print on demand self-publishing system is very easy. Briefly, you complete our Publishing Agreement, pay a one-time setup fee for production services, and provide a copy of the complete book, properly formatted according to our publisher specifications, saved to a disk or CD in a single word processing file. Most popular word processing files can be converted into our print on demand system’s book file. Our production staff then checks your word processor book file to make sure it is complete and free of errors. Then it is formatted and converted into a digital print file and is entered into the system and proof copies are sent to you for a final approval.

In most cases, there are several types of corrections to be made to the first proof book. A second proof book is almost always necessary to get the book up to your standard of what it should be. Authors frequently see grammar and spelling problems pop right off the pages of their first proof books. This is perhaps due to the experience of seeing the work in book form for the first time.

 

How are Print on Demand Books Printed? 2017-07-03T12:54:26+00:00

Print on demand books are printed with ink (toner) on paper using high-speed digital presses. At the command of the digital press operator, a complete book is printed page-for-page from the book’s digital file stored in the on-board computer of the print on demand system that’s directly linked with the operating system of the digital presses. Our POD books are really printed one copy at a time or as many copies needed to fill orders for the book.

Can your Print On Demand Company really print just one book to fill an order?

Print on demand systems can produce a single copy one day, 20 copies the next day, or on another day print 120 copies of your book to fill individual orders from customers or to complete an order from a bookstore chain or a book distributor. The number of books being ordered determines the quantity of books that will be produced on any given day.

As a Print On Demand publisher, how quickly can you print 240 copies of my book?

More quickly than you think. Print on demand high-speed digital printing equipment can print a 300-page book in just about a minute—that is, of course, after a book file is in our print on demand system. So, it only takes a few hours to produce 240 copies and ship the completed order to the bookseller.

How can it be cost-effective for your Print On Demand publishing company to print one book at a time?

Several titles are sent to digital printers at the same time. The content of each book is different, but because they print hundreds of books daily, they are able to minimize waste, time, and costs.  After the press prints the pages for your neighbor’s novel, it simply starts to lay ink on the next piece of paper in a new pattern—that of the words and pictures in your book. Printing one book at a time has suddenly become a snap with our print on demand process.

Is Print On Demand Publishing like Self-Publishing? 2017-07-03T12:52:39+00:00

Print on demand is one method of self-publishing a book. Print on demand shares many similarities to traditional self-publishing like allowing authors to maintain control of the creative process and retain all rights to their work. At the same time, print on demand has some important differences that benefit authors who are considering the traditional self-publishing route.

Our print on demand method is very much like self-publishing because you have the final say with your book’s content and retain all rights. Like conventional printers producing self-published books, we will publish almost any book given that it looks professional and follows reasonable guidelines on page size, margins and so on.

Unlike self-publishing, you don’t have to commit to ordering a press run of a few thousand books at the cost of several thousand dollars and then undertake the ongoing hassle of order fulfillment yourself. With Infinity Publishing, you get all of the book publishing services you need to achieve self-publishing success with our affordable, one-time setup fee of $599 – no hidden costs and no annual maintenance fee. The initial setup fee gets your book entered into our printing system, a unique cover design if you need one, an ISBN assigned to your book, a barcode, a printed proof book for your inspection, inclusion on our online bookstore as well as other popular retailers such as amazon.com, borders.com, waldenbooks.com and more. Your book will be made available to bookstores on a returnable basis with a discount of 40%. You own all the rights to your book and can cancel at any time. With traditional self-publishing you would have to make all these arrangements yourself which takes considerable effort and time.

Our print on demand method is also faster than using a commercial printer. Most commercial printing companies, producing a few thousand copies, need several months or longer to deliver completed books to the author. We can print and ship most orders in 24-48 hours!

What is POD book publishing? 2017-07-03T12:51:47+00:00

POD is an acronym for Print On Demand. Print On Demand publishing is a method of producing books in specific quantities needed to meet ongoing bookstore or book buyer orders. The customer ordering the book creates the demand for a single copy. A single copy of that book is then printed on demand, perfect bound with a full color laminated cover, and shipped to the customer or the bookstore ordering the POD book. POD is a process for publishing books only as they are needed.

The path of the author can be a difficult road to travel. It takes an amazing amount of time, energy, and soul to create a finished book. Unfortunately, many books never make it out of the hands of the author to be published and enjoyed by others. The worst-case scenario would be for an author to pay a subsidy publisher that would print a large quantity of books at a cost of $5,000 – $30,000! Often, a subsidy or vanity press keeps rights to the books they publish. If the book takes off, the author has no say in what happens next. If the book doesn’t sell as well as anticipated, the author will be faced with a great deal of money spent, boxes of books gathering dust in the basement, and an out-of-print book to which the author no longer owns the rights to. We seek to change that by providing affordable and professional book publishing services to authors of great books.

Our Printers own all the equipment necessary to publish, print, bind, store, and ship your book. With our unique print on demand book publishing method, most books are printed in small quantities and stocked in our micro inventory, not 10,000 at a time in advance of sales. Whatever quantity a book is meant to sell, that’s the quantity that will be printed. If a book becomes a best seller, then we’re more than ready to handle fulfillment and produce outstanding quality and assured results. Our print on demand books are also returnable to bookstores at no additional cost to you. No comparable book publisher does what we do.

Can you put an eBook in the back of my print book with your CD in a Book program? 2017-07-03T12:50:10+00:00

No – the CD and file does not have DRM protection.

Will it have the same cover as the print book? 2017-07-03T12:48:10+00:00

Yes.

How does the eBook get shipped? 2017-07-03T12:47:44+00:00

It doesn’t – the eBook is entirely digital.  It is downloaded directly to a computer, or reading device.

How do people order an eBook? 2017-07-03T12:46:39+00:00

They will go to one of our distributors – example Amazon and follow the instructions on how to download an eBook.

If my book has pictures will they be in color? 2017-07-03T12:46:09+00:00

If your existing print book file has the pictures saved in black and white the eBook will have the pictures in black and white.

If the existing print book file has the pictures in color the eBook will have the ability to display the pictures in color.

If the eBook reader has the capability to display in color (if the pictures are in color in the book file) the pictures will appear in color, if the eBook reader does not have color capability the pictures will appear in black and white.

Do I have to send the eBook to the copyright office? 2017-07-03T12:45:10+00:00

No.

What copyright date does the eBook carry? 2017-07-03T12:44:44+00:00

Same as the print book, all content found in the interior of the print book will be included in the eBook.

Does the eBook get a new ISBN? 2017-07-03T12:42:28+00:00

Yes, the eBook is considered a different product from the print book and all sales and processing are handled separately.  eBooks and print books have different distribution channels available.

What if I make changes to the print book after the eBook is created? 2017-07-03T12:39:05+00:00

No changes are made to the eBook – the eBook is considered a separate entity.

If you are making changes to the print book those changes will not be reflected in the eBook unless you redo the eBook also.  You will have to pay for a new eBook conversion.

What if I need to make changes to my book (after approval) but before you make an eBook? 2017-07-03T12:38:02+00:00

You can always make changes to your book files – you will be subjected to the post-production change/correction costs before your eBook will be put into processing

If the book has already been submitted for conversion we cannot accept changes for that version until the eBook has been produced.

What if the author has an footnotes in the print book, how will this be displayed in the eBook? 2017-07-03T12:35:32+00:00

There are no pages in an eBook, so there cannot be typical print book style footnotes.

Footnotes are instead created into end notes which appear at the end of the chapters, not the bottom of the referencing page (as with the print version)

What if the author has an Index in the print book, how will this be displayed in the eBook? 2017-07-03T12:33:28+00:00

If your print book has an index – the page numbers will not appear on the index in the eBook.  All eBook readers have a way to search content within the eBook which makes indexing an eBook redundant and not cost-effective.

When are eBook royalties paid? 2017-07-03T12:30:45+00:00

Royalties on eBooks will be paid on a monthly basis.

The same payment schedule as the print book royalties.

What appears in the eBook? 2017-07-03T12:29:57+00:00

Order that book appears in an eBook:

    • Front cover
    • Title page
    • Copyright page (the copyright name/date for an eBook is the same as the copyright name/date for the print version of your book)
    • Publisher information
    • Table of Contents
    • Dedication/Acknowledgements (if applicable)
    • Interior of book
    • The back cover is included in an eBook

The sequence of the opening pages will be modified by moving the dedication and acknowledgement pages to the back of the book, there will be a title page inserted

    • Front cover
    • Title page
    • Copyright page (the copyright name/date for an eBook is the same as the copyright name/date for the print version of your book)
    • Publisher information
    • Table of Contents
    • Dedication/Acknowledgements (if applicable)
    • Interior of book
    • The back cover is included in an eBook
If an author signs up now is their book going to be uploaded to all new distribution avenues as they become available? 2017-07-03T12:29:21+00:00

Yes, all existing eBooks are uploaded to new distribution avenues as they become available.

Can eBooks be created for books that are not in English? 2017-07-03T12:28:41+00:00

Yes, but extra conversion charges will apply – the cost is based on the language, type of file and complexity of book file.

Is there an expedited publishing program for eBooks? 2017-07-03T12:28:14+00:00

No – the standard turnaround is already 2 ½-3 weeks.

Will the author receive a proof of the eBook before publishing? 2017-07-03T12:27:46+00:00

Authors can choose to receive a proof eBook for a small fee ($25) once the conversion process is completed.

Please keep in mind that review of the eProof will delay the uploading of the eBook to the various distributors.

How long before books are sent to distributors? 2017-07-03T12:26:19+00:00

Uploading is done once a week from our offices in West Conshohocken. It does take approximately 2 days for us to process the author’s signed Proof Approval Form.  If the form is received on the day of uploading – the eBook will be uploaded the following week.

What distribution channels are used? 2017-07-03T12:25:29+00:00

If during the course of formatting we notice something that might pose a problem – poor quality pictures, etc. we will be in touch with the author.

Please see our distribution channels and information here.

Will the author be contacted if there are formatting questions? 2017-07-03T12:22:54+00:00

If during the course of formatting we notice something that might pose a problem – poor quality pictures, etc. we will be in touch with the author.

Can an author submit new print book & eBook at the same time? 2017-07-03T12:22:05+00:00

Yes – a completed Publishing Agreement and a completed eBook Agreement are both required.

When is the eBook created? 2017-07-03T12:20:20+00:00

Once the author approves the print version of the book and we receive a signed Proof Approval Form from the author, we will begin the eBook conversion process.

What if I have a black & white softcover already published by you – what is the cost to upgrade to a hardcover? 2017-07-03T12:15:47+00:00

$350 if there are no changes/adjustments, etc.  If you would like to make changes/corrections the post-production fees will apply before we proceed with the upgrade.

 

What are the requirements for a Glossy Laminate Hardcover book? 2017-07-03T12:14:59+00:00

If a printed hardcover (in glossy) is chosen you may also chose the dust jacket option (there is an additional cost) and provide the proper files for creation. If the dust jacket option is not chosen a dust jacket will not be created.

Full bleed books must contain 1/2 inch of extra bleed for all cover image files.

The information on the back cover must not exceed 200 words total (up to 100 words for the biography, and up to 100 words for the synopsis)

If the author does not choose a cover type when selecting a hardcover product, we will automatically create a glossy laminate cover.

 

What are the requirements for a Dust Jacket? 2017-07-03T11:48:18+00:00

The dust jacket is only designed if the author chooses the dust jacket option for a hardcover book.

If the fabric hardcover is chosen the author must also choose the dust jacket option.

It is important that the proper files be submitted for the cover creation (flap information and back cover information).

The title and author can be printed on all size books for hardcover, but must have a minimum of .15 inches for text on spine for softcover books.

Glossy on one side only.

Can only have printing on one side of dust jacket cover.

Flap is standard 3 inches (both back and front).

Cannot be embossed or print in metallic colors.

Full bleed books must contain ¼ inch of extra bleed (for cover and interior) all the way around for trimming accuracy.

 

Cover of Hardcover books – what does the cover look like? 2017-07-03T11:45:49+00:00

There are two styles available

Faux Fabric – which is black with gold stamping (spine only)

Full color – glossy laminate

* The author must choose the type of hardcover book.

 

Can color and hardcover books be included in the extended distribution program? 2017-07-03T11:45:07+00:00

Yes – but there are limitations (please see the Extended Distribution Section)

 

How is a color book determined to be either full color or B&W? 2017-07-03T11:44:37+00:00

If any part of the interior contains color images, the book will then be published as a full-color book.

 

Are there special requirements for full color (bleed) books? 2017-07-03T11:44:03+00:00

Full bleed books must contain ¼ inch of extra bleed (for cover and interior) all the way around for trimming accuracy.

 

How is the print house determined? 2017-07-03T11:43:06+00:00

Print partners determination is made by the Services group based on the book type (coffee table, children’s, etc.)

 

What are my paper weight options? 2017-07-03T11:42:13+00:00

Full color page book (SC and HC) – 70 # white only

NOTE: if the book is being distributed through extended distribution then the stock used is white 50#. uncoated offset opaque for full color or black & white with color inserts.

Hardcover black & white interior (HBW): 50 # white only

NOTE: if the book is being distributed through extended distribution then the stock used is white 50#. offset for black & white interior.

 

Can a One-Hour Audio be included in the back of a printed book? 2017-07-03T14:46:35+00:00

Yes, but it is not recommend.  The One-Hour Audio product was designed to be a stand-alone version of the print book (an abridged audio version of the print book).

 

Can an author order additional ARCs? 2017-07-03T11:38:57+00:00

Yes, the author can order as many ARCs as they need. The cost for additional ARCs is 40% off the suggested list price of the book.

 

Can an author order more copies of their proof book? 2017-07-03T11:38:17+00:00

Yes, the author can order as many proof books as they need. The cost for additional proof books is 40% off the suggested list price of the book.

 

How are proof books shipped? 2017-07-03T11:37:35+00:00

Proof books are shipped UPS or FedEx ground within the continental US.  If the author is located outside the US the proofs are shipped via US Post Office.

 

What is the turnaround time from submission of agreement and all supporting documentation? 2017-07-03T11:36:09+00:00

The turnaround time is generally 5-8 weeks from the time we receive all materials until the first eProof is emailed to the author.

What is our color printing method for covers? 2017-07-03T11:34:58+00:00

We only print in CMYK color scale. All art submitted in RGB and/or Pantone color scales will be converted to CMYK automatically. Please note that we cannot guarantee exact color matching due to the inherent differences in the color scales. For instance, bright greens, bright blues, bright reds, and bright purples allowed in RGB format will appear less vibrant in the CMYK scale due to the differences in the printer inks.

We do not accept RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue and is primarily a screen/monitor color scale. This color scale allows for pure reds, pure greens, and pure blues which appear much brighter on screen than what is actually achievable when printing with inks.

CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key black and is a 4-color ink printing process in which these 4 inks are specifically mixed to generate all color output. Cyan is not a pure blue nor is Magenta a pure red which is the main reason for some colors appearing less vibrant in RGB vs. CMYK.

Pantone is basically a collection of color-specific inks use in offset printing. We don’t actually print on a large press, so we do not use this color scale.

We can accept any high-resolution art (photos or illustrations/paintings). We work primarily in Photoshop (.psd) but also accept Illustrator (.ai or .eps), InDesign (.indd), and PDF. We prefer receiving layered files but can also accept flattened images like TIF and JPG (please be sure to turn off compression prior to saving a JPG). We cannot accept Microsoft Word or PowerPoint designed art files as these programs don’t allow for high quality art output.

What if we don’t have the art in digital format, can we send you the art for scanning? 2017-07-03T11:33:17+00:00

Yes! We can scan art (up to 12×18″) for a charge of $10.00 each.

Art larger than 12×18″ will incur an additional cost as the art will need to be scanned in sections and then pieced back together in our image editing software.

If I create or scan the files for digital submission, what resolution do you require for printing? 2017-07-03T11:31:55+00:00

Cover color art must be at least 300dpi (dots per inch).

Do not use low-resolution clip-art or any images you find online that you don’t pay for prior to downloading.

Nearly all art is protected by copyright. Please refer to this link for an overview of US copyright:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_copyright_law

How thick is my spine going to be? 2017-07-03T11:31:17+00:00

This question depends entirely on which type of book you’re publishing (paperback or hardcover).

Spine width is also calculated by the type of the paper that the book is printed on and the number of pages.

The art I printed on my home printer looks different than the sample I received from your printer. Why is this? 2017-07-03T11:28:45+00:00

Nearly every machine will generate slightly different color output due to the type of printing equipment used, the types of inks used (liquid vs. powder), the type of paper used, etc. While we can’t guarantee that we will match the color output on your home printer, we will be happy to work with you to get your art as close as possible to the samples provided.

Can photos bleed off the page? 2017-07-03T11:28:00+00:00

If the book is a softcover color interior book (SC) or hardcover full color book (HC), then yes, otherwise the photos will be trimmed to the size of the imprint inside the book.

What is the eBook distribution cost? 2017-07-03T12:21:35+00:00

There is a flat fee to be included in the program and includes all existing and future distribution sites/venues – this does not include the cost of specialty formatting/ conversion. This is included in the price of the Package.

If I create or scan the files for digital submission (for the interior), what resolution do you require for printing? 2017-07-03T11:24:54+00:00

Interior color (and black and white) art must be at least 300dpi (dots per inch).

Do not use low-resolution clip-art or any images you find online that you don’t have permission for prior to downloading.

Nearly all art is protected by copyright. Please refer to this link for an overview of US copyright:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_copyright_law

If author can have unlimited images in their book, why do we charge for images? 2017-07-03T11:24:15+00:00

We charge for images:

When we have to either scan and embed the image

When we have to resize and embed the image

Can offers/discounts be combined? 2017-07-03T11:23:32+00:00

No offers/discounts/coupons cannot be combined unless expressly noted in the offering.

If the author is an existing author – they cannot combine the returning author discount with any other offer.

 

Where do I list the discounts? 2017-07-03T11:22:30+00:00

All discounts (if applicable) must be recorded on the publishing agreement with a promo code (promo code are assigned by the Office Administrator)

 

Can the number of books available in the tiers be changed? 2017-07-03T11:21:51+00:00

Each package includes different number of Free Books (print book format) and the author has the option to choose the quantity for each print book type as long as the total cover price value of the free books does not exceed – $500.00 for the Alcott Package, $750.00 for the Twain Package and $1,000 for the Carnegie Package.

Free books included in the Alcott and Twain Packages will be shipped with the Authors book order of 50 units of the same type (i.e. if the author selects Hard cover books for the free books they will be shipped with the order of Hard cover books).

Free books included in the Carnegie Package will be shipped with the Author’s book order of 100 units of the same type (i.e. if the author selects Hard cover books for the free books they will be shipped with the order of Hard cover books).

 

When does the author receive the free books that come with the publishing package? 2017-07-03T11:21:17+00:00

With their first book order (for that publishing package type)– please note that the free books are not included in calculating the shipping fees – to receive free shipping an author MUST order 20 books of the same type (i.e. Free hard cover books are shipped with Hardcover book orders, etc.) and the free books will be sent with that shipment.

 

Can I buy any of these items a la carte? 2017-07-03T11:19:17+00:00

Yes.  If you do not need all of the services you see in our publishing packages, we do offer services a la carte, as well as we can customize a publishing package to suit your individual needs.  Please contact us to speak with an Author Advocate, they will be happy to walk you through the process.

Why should I buy the All-inclusive Publishing Package? 2017-07-03T11:19:22+00:00

The advantage of our All-inclusive Publishing Packages is that we have designed four of the most popular combinations of our services. Each package includes everything an author will need to publish, distribute and market their books, based on exactly what they need. Our all-inclusive publishing packages also provide a discounted rate vs. buying the services a la carte.