How do I sign up?
It is easy. Just call or email us at 740.352.2817 or 888.315.0365 Ext. 3, and request a Submissions Package. We will send you all of the forms and instructions, including a contract, to fill out and return to us with your manuscript.
What are "second publishing rights?"
Second publishing rights are the rights to use artwork that has been previously published elsewhere. An example is using a painting that has been previously published on the cover of a book on the cover of an audio CD.
Can I include photographs in my book?
Yes. You can include photographs, line art (B&W images with no gray-scale), or other photo-quality images in your book. Color photographs, line art, or other photo-quality images can now be put in your book for an additional fee. (See order form) How many images can I include in my book? Up to five. Additional illustrations may be added for a nominal fee. (See order form)
How long does it take before my book is available for sale?
Once the cover design and layouts are approved and we send your book to the printer, it takes about 6 weeks before your book is ready to be ordered. The entire process, from receipt of' your submissions package until the book is available for sale, takes an average of 8 to 10 weeks.
What kinds of books do you publish?
We publish all kinds of books, including cookbooks, children’s' books, fiction, non-fiction, yearbooks, family history books and role playing game books. We reserve the right to reject any submission. We will not publish, for example, pornography, libelous or slanderous material, or any material deemed illegal by municipal, state, or federal law. Aside from that, we will publish just about anything you care to submit.
What are non-transferable rights?
Non-transferable rights are those rights that are granted to one person or company and cannot be used by another, third party. Publishing rights for artwork commissioned by and used in Your Book Publishing projects, for example, are nontransferable. We license the rights to use the art in your book. However, if you later decide to publish your book elsewhere, you cannot use the same art; you must obtain new art for the new edition of the book.
How is the price of my book determined?
You and Your Book Publishing, based on the total production cost, determine the Suggested Retail Price (also known as the SRP or “cover price” of your book. As a rule of thumb, the SRP will be equal to 3 times the total production cost.
How do I get paid?
We send you quarterly sales reports showing the total number of books sold (if any) in the previous quarter, the total wholesale value and production costs, the gross profit for books sold, and the total royalties owed to you (royalties are based on the specific Publishing Package you have purchased). We will also send you a check in the amount of royalties owed. Each report and royalty check is sent within 60 days of the end of each calendar quarter. In addition, we will be sending you an IRS Form 1099 MISC in January if royalties paid to you in the previous calendar year exceeded $10. This form requires your social security number.
Why do you need my Social Security Number?
The IRS requires us to report any wages in excess of $600 or royalties in excess of $10 within a calendar year paid to contractors, including authors. We need your Social Security Number in order to comply with federal law and to properly report royalties paid to the IRS.
What will my finished book look like?
Your book can be published in 5x8? size, soft cover (paperback), and perfect bound. The interior of your book will be printed on 24-lb. offset, white paper. Paperback book covers are printed in full color on one side, front, and back, on white 10-point C1S glossy professional thickness paper, and laminated.
I already have an ISBN. Can you use it for my book?
Yes/No. Whenever a new edition of a book is published, it must have a unique ISBN. If the title, publisher, manuscript/text, author, publication date or format (e.g., binding, size, etc.) changes the new books is considered a new edition and requires a new ISBN. Each publisher has its own Publisher's Prefix Number, which is incorporated into the ISBN for each title. We will assign a new ISBN for your book or if you purchase your own ISBN’s we can use those. Cost for each ISBN and Bar Code is $55, which is included in the basic package prices.
Can I submit my book's layout myself?
Layout and design is one of the services we provide as a publisher, and the fees for each Package include theses services. We accept manuscripts only in plain ASCII text, without any formatting. We do all of the formatting within ClickBooks, a leading professional layout and design program recognized by professional printers and service bureaus. You may send us a printout of your book laid out, as you would like to see it, in addition to your plain text manuscript file. We will work to match your design ideas as closely as possible when laying out your book. Complex designs (i.e., any design that does not closely match one our design templates) may subject your job to additional costs. If this is the case, we will send you an estimate of extra costs for your custom design.
What if my book has already been published elsewhere?
As long as your publishing agreement for your book does not transfer rights to the existing publisher, then you can publish your book through us. Note that paperback (soft cover) and hardback (hardcover) rights are often treated separately. For example, if your book is currently available in hardcover form and you have not transferred the paperback rights to your publisher, then we may be able to publish a paperback edition of your book. When in doubt, it is always best to consult an attorney, who can look over your agreement (i.e., the contract) and determine if you can publish your book through another publisher, perhaps in a new edition.
Can I design my own cover?
Absolutely. You can be as creative as you like. We will incorporate your design as much as possible. Bear in mind that we need to include things such as the barcode and ISBN on the book's cover, so we may not be able to use exactly the design you come up with. However, we will work with you to create a cover design that meets with your approval.
Can anyone "steal" my book from the Internet?
No. Your book and all associated files are never stored on our web server. They are kept on a separate, secure system that cannot be accessed from via the Internet or "direct dial-up."
What do you mean by a "graphic?"
Any image other than straight text printed inside the book is considered an image. Examples include drawings, photographs, charts and graphs, and the like. Images that are simply black and white, simple drawings are called "line-art." Images with varying shades from white to black are called "grayscale." Color images are (naturally) called "color."
Can you scan my photos or pictures for me?
If you are not familiar with scanning and manipulation of digital images, we can scan your original photos or pictures for you. Additional images can be scanned for $10 per additional image.
How should I submit my files?
If you are submitting only your manuscript file, you can send it on a 3.5" floppy disk (PC or Mac format), Zip 100 disk, or CD. If submitting graphic files (i.e., TIFFs) you may submit them on a Zip 100 disk, or CR. Make sure your files are named to indicate what they are. Please use the PC/DOS naming convention (up to 8 characters, a period, and a 3-character extension; e.g., mybook.txt).
Can I get extra copies of my book at a discount, if I want them?
Yes. Each design package includes a number of copies of your book that are sent to you as part of the package. You may purchase extra books at the production cost, plus shipping charges.
Can I embed images in my manuscript?
No. Your manuscript should be sent to us as a plain ASCII text file. Any image files you send should be separate and named in a manner that makes it easy for us to recognize what the image is (e.g., "redcantif"). We will put the images into the book during the layout process.
Can I use color images in my book?
Yes. We now have color capabilities. Books published by Your Book Publishing are printed in black and now color.
Where can I see some of your books?
Below are books our staff has worked on.
Portia’s Perspective Vol. 1 Mind Elevating News Articles (0-9709619-1-X)
Poetry For Life (0-9709619-2-8)
Poetic Soul Food (0-9709619-3-6)
Behind These Walls (0-9785309-0-X)
Joshua’s Letters (0-97853091-8)
Foster Child Someone To Talk To (0-9785309-3-8)
How does Your Book Publishing stay in touch with me throughout this process?
We will send you a confirmation notice once your submission package and payment is received. At that point, we begin work on your book, preparing it for publication. At various stages of production, we will contact you by e-mail or telephone to let you know that a portion of the project is finished and ready for your approval. Depending on whether you request hardcopy proofs, we will either ship them to you or post it online and send you the web address where you can see it. Once all approvals are made, your project goes to print. Upon completion of the initial production, we ship your author's copies to you, along with a notice that your books are now available for purchase from any bookstore!