Ready to Publish?
Here’s How it Works
It’s fast, easy, and affordable! All we need is your final manuscript and the completed publication form and we’ll turn your manuscript into a beautiful, professional book in just 6-8 weeks.
What do you accept?
We review every submission, and we don’t publish hate literature, anything illegal or advocating illegal actions, or pornography. Most everything else is ok.
Does my book have to be edited?
Independent editing is a good idea – we all have trouble editing our own work – but it is not required. See our Add-On Services page for a description.
Will I see a draft?
In as little as two weeks, you’ll see PDF drafts of both cover and interior. You may review and approve the PDFs for print, request changes, or order a bound hard copy proof for review.
So I get to approve the book before it goes to print?
Nothing ever goes to print without your approval.
What if I want to make changes?
We’ll ask for your final, ready-to-publish manuscript before we start layout, but sometimes you just don’t notice things until you see a draft of the layout. The first round of changes is free, depending on which publishing package you’ve chosen; additional rounds of changes are available. You can order as many rounds of changes as you need to be sure your book is perfect before it’s published.
What about the cover?
You can choose to have a cover with an image (graphical) or without an image (non-graphical). If you have an image you want to use, we’ll design the cover around it. If not, we can help you find an image to use from the huge selection of stock images available online, or we can find images for you.
We also frequently work with outside designers if you want to have your cover designed elsewhere.
Do I get an Ebook?
Yes. All b&w publishing packages and the Premium Color package include publication as a Kindle/ebook in addition to the print version.
Can my book be hardcover?
Yes it can. The hardcover option is included in the Select and Premium packages. The Standard Package is for a trade-paperback sized softcover book, but for $250 you can upgrade to a hardcover book with dust jacket and have all 3 – hardcover, softcover and Kindle/ebook.
What trim sizes are available?
Most books are published as 5½ x 8½ or 6 x 9, but 5 x 8 is also available for poetry or small devotional books. Larger sizes include 7½ x 9¼, 7 x 10, 8 x 10 and 8½ x 8½ for technical, children’s, textbooks and picture books. Your customer service rep has more information.
Once I approve, what happens?
On approval, your book goes to quality control, then it’s uploaded to the print system and the first copies are printed and sent to you. At that point the book is released for distribution and will begin appearing for sale on Amazon, B&N etc. At the same time, we’ll set up an account for you so that you’ll be able to order books for your own use and track monthly sales.
How do I get paid?
Sales are reported monthly and royalties are paid quarterly.
How long does all this take?
If your manuscript is ready to go, the whole process from sign up to first book in your hands can happen in as little as 6-8 weeks. In a hurry? Check out our Expedited Publishing Service.
Ready to Publish Your Book?
- Choose your publishing package
- Read and complete the publishing agreement form.
That’s all there is to it. You’re just a few short weeks from holding your dream in your hands!
If you still have questions, contact us. We want to be sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision for your book.