1. Where do I start if I want to write a book? Top The first place to start is in your heart. If you have a vision 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 come to your thoughts. If you wait, more than likely you will either forget your thoughts or you won't remember them as vividly as you did when you first received them. Keep a notepad handy by your bed, desk, car etc so that you can jot your thoughts down.
2. How long does it take to publish my book? Top It depends. First you will have to either present to us your final manuscript for printing, or you can obtain our services to proof read 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 you in approximately 4-6 business days. You can elect the option to have a pre-copy sent to you before the final printing of the books. There is 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 of what to do to your project.
3. How much does it cost? Top It depends? You can have anywhere from 25 copies printed to 10,000 copies+ printed. It also depends on the number of pages the book contains and whether there are colored pictures in the book. Unlike Vanity Press Printers, how ever 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.
4. How do I copyright my work? Top Copyright is like insurance. You pay for it but there is a chance you may never need it. 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 Postal 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.
5. What is needed on my books so that I can put them in Bookstores? Top 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.
6. EAN Barcode (European Article Number) Top The barcode symbology most commonly seen in Europe (and most of the rest of the world) is EAN. It is a numeric only bar code system used for identification of retail products such as your books. Unique EAN numbers are allocated to each separate retail product, not just by product brand but by variation (weight, color, flavor, etc..). Also separate numbers are required when the product changes (except when the price changes).
The EAN symbol has two basic formats, the 8 and 13 digit variants. The 13 digit code is more common. The 8 digit code is generally used where space is restricted 7. ISBN (The International Standard Book Number) Top The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 10- or 13-digit number used for identification. An ISBN is unique to every book, so it is the best way to find the exact edition of the book you're looking for. 8. SAN (Storage Area Network) Top Problems with various account numbers, such as billing errors, products shipped to the wrong points, errors in payments and returns, will be almost eliminated by using the SAN system. If your stores, or libraries, have the SAN on your stationery and ordering documents, vendors to whom you send your transactions do not have to check your account number and can proceed immediately to process your orders. Of course, ordering can be further facilitated if you use the ISBN.
9. LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number) Top *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. *Librarians use the LCCN to access the associated bibliographic record in the Library of Congress's database or to obtain information on various book titles in other databases. *The publisher prints the LCCN on the back of the title page in the following manner: "Library of Congress Control Number: 2001012345." *Only U.S. book publishers are eligible to obtain an LCCN. To receive an LCCN, publishers must list a U.S. place of publication on the title page or copyright page, and maintain an editorial office in the country that is capable of answering substantive bibliographic questions. 10. How many times can I order reprints of my book? Top 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) 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 NOT TRANSFERABLE 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.