The world is full of people from all walks of life. Although each individual is different, there is one common thread; EVERYBODY HAS A STORY TO TELL! Because of that fact, there are thousands of "publishers" floating around the internet these days, seeking to make a potential writer one of their published authors. With so many, it is not a surprise that you don't know which ones to trust.
Our Griot Publishing team receives numerous calls & emails on a daily basis of potential authors who desire to have their writings published but may still need clarity about the process.
We created a way for you to ask questions that are handled directly by a publisher.
The first place to start is in your heart. If you receive a vision or a dream on a topic or an idea, then by all means, write it down. With my experience, it is better to write down the things that you receive in your heart, mind and spirit at the time you are getting the "download". If you wait, more than likely you will either forget the (original) thought when it first came to you, or you will only remember the thoughts in parts. Put a notebook and pen beside your bed, in the front seat of your car, at your desk; any place you frequent the most. You can use a mini recording device as well.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUBLISH MY BOOK?
It depends. First, you will have to either present to us your final manuscript for printing, or you can obtain our services to proofread and format it for you. Your turnaround time depends on you. Your book will be printed in 2 business days from the time that your proofs are approved. Depending on where you are located, your books can reach us in approximately 4 days. Since we use an outside contracted entity to do the printing for us; you can elect the option to have a pre-copy sent to you before the final printing of the books. The printing company charges an extra fee for this, but if you want to see exactly how your book will look then it's worth it. In some cases, we may recommend to you to not waste money on a pre-copy. Each situation is different, so we will inform you of what we feel is best for you. The bottom line: It's your book and you have the final say so about what to do to your project.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It depends? You can have anywhere from 10 copies printed to 1000 copies+ printed. It also depends on the number of pages the book contains and whether there are colored pictures in the book. We have used the same printer for the past 6 years and are pleased of their continuous services in quality printing, materials and accurate printing times. Unlike Vanity Press Printers however, however many books you order for yourself will be included as a flat rate. In other words, some Publishers use the POD (print on demand) method. You pay a fee, (usually between 600 to 1300 dollars) and the Publisher sends you 2-5 copies for yourself. If someone orders your book, the Printing Company will print the book and then send it to the customer. Usually, POD businesses will keep a small royalty fee for each book sold. This may be the way to go for some, but we feel that the best way to promote your book is through the one who knows it best, YOU! Vanity Press Printers are not going to promote your book for you, and if they claim that they will, it is for a fee, and they really don't do more than you can do on your own. Keep in mind, the more books you print, the cheaper the cost is to print.
HOW DO I COPYRIGHT MY WORK?
The year that you have your material printed is the year that your material is copy written. You may opt to have your book copy written through the Copyright Office for a fee. Paying to have your book copy written is not really necessary, (unless you find yourself in a legal battle regarding your published book), then having your book copy written through the Copyright office will be an asset. We can help you obtain the Copyright if you chose to go that way. In the meantime, we suggest that you do the "poor man" method. Place a copy of your manuscript in an envelope, take it to the Post Office and ask them to seal your package with a dated seal. Make sure that the seal covers the sealed part so that it is impossible to open the envelope without first breaking the seal. Then have the package mailed to you and request the confirmation with a signature service. NEVER open this package, and keep it in a place where you will always know where it is. We will assist you with all of the legalities of your copy written material.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU NOT EXCEPT?
We do not have strict guidelines like some, but we do monitor what we will allow our name to be represented on. We will not print any material that is not suitable for this site, however, if you have material that you think doesn't meet the criteria for GP, contact us and for a free evaluation of your manuscript. What you think is not within our guidelines may in fact be within them.
HOW LONG WILL YOU DISPLAY MY BOOK (S) ON THIS SITE AS WELL AS THE AFFILIATED SITE?
Once your book is published, we will display your material on our website for more exposure. To answer the question, we will keep your book on this site for as long as this site exists or you choose to no longer have your book (s) displayed here. Either way, just notify us in writing to remove your book and we will, no questions asked.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I ORDER REPRINTS OF MY BOOK?
You can order as many times as you need to. Keep in mind, if you want to make any changes to your book; you will have to republish all over again. This is not a hard thing to do however; you will have to pay the initial cost to publish a new book. We will work with you to perhaps get you to that final point of satisfaction of your material to eliminate the need to republish. The complication comes when you register for an ISBN (The International Standard Book Number (ISBN). An ISBN is a 10-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally. Once you are issued an ISBN, your book is married to it for life. If you decide to make drastic changes to your book, you may do so; just not with the Number that was assigned to the book. ISBN's are NON-TRANSFERRABLE AND CANNOT BE SOLD EXCEPT THROUGH AN AUTHORIZED VENDOR OF THE U.S ISBN AGENCY. We will help you to obtain that number and barcode.
WHAT IS NEEDED ON MY BOOKS SO THAT I CAN PUT THEM IN BOOKSTORES?
This is the #1 question that we are asked. To make your book legit, be prepared to spend a few more dollars than you have expected. Here is a quick list of the major things that need to be done in order for your book to be considered to occupy a shelf. Again, we will help you through the whole process so don't panic. If you just plan to distribute your book amongst family and friends, then these numbers may just be a waste of money. Again, you are the boss! We are just listing them here so that you can educate yourself on the process that your book will go through.
1.ISBN (The International Standard Book Number) 2.EAN Barcode (European Article Number) 3.LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number) 4.SAN (Storage Area Network)
DO I NEED TO INVEST IN BOOK MARKETING?
There is no right and wrong answer. If you have the money to invest in book marketing (and it can become quite expensive), then by all means invest. But most Authors are working with a very tight budget, especially after paying for the printing prices. If you were to ask us this question about 10 years ago, we would have insisted that you invest in book marketing, but with the success of social sites these days, it you have the time, you can market your own book. Besides, if nothing else..IT'S FREE!
WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT AND DO I NEED ONE?
Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. Copyright does not protect ideas, only their expression or fixation. In a nutshell, copyright is an exclusive legal right given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. It's up to you if you feel you need one!
WHAT IS LCCN?
The Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to titles most likely to be acquired by the Library of Congress.
WHAT IS AN EAN?
An EAN-13 barcode (originally European Article Number, but now renamed International Article Number even though the abbreviation EAN has been retained) is a 13 digit (12 data and 1 check) barcoding standard which is a superset of the original 12-digit Universal Product Code (UPC) system developed in the United States. The EAN-13 barcode is defined by the standards organization GS1.
WHAT IS SAN?
The Standard Address Number (SAN) is a unique seven-digit identifier used to signify a specific address of an organization in (or served by) the publishing industry. It is an American National Standard, This system, initiated and maintained by R.R. Bowker, has become THE identification code for electronic communication within the industry.
WHAT IS AN ISBN?
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally.
WHAT IS A PERSONAL ISBN?
We are not an Authorized Agency that sells ISBNs. We only offer those that are assigned to GP (up to 3 days to receive) for half the cost of Personal ISBNs. ISBNs cannot be resold or transferred. Once you obtain a number, whether it is a personal ISBN or a GP ISBN, it can no longer be used.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to copyright your book
Getting Your books in major bookstores
One of our Authors jump for joy after seeing her published book for the first time