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Where will my book be sold?
Will my book be available in walk-in bookstores?
How can I track sales of my book?
Your publishing order form asks for personal information. Is it protected?
Can I include a photo or drawing in my book that I found on the internet?
I have a photo I took that I want to use in my book but it is in color. Is that ok?
Do you scan photos or drawings for inside the book or to put on the cover?
My manuscript is typed, not in a computer file. Will you still publish it?
What type of files do you accept?
Does the publishing fee include editing of my manuscript?
How can I estimate how many book pages my manuscript will convert to?
What royalty rates do you pay?
I have a website. Can I become an affiliate of yours?
Can I have my author photo printed on the cover?
Who sets the retail price for my book?
Do you give authors discounts when they purchase copies of their own books for promotional or other reasons?
I don’t want an eBook edition. Is that OK?
Can I publish a book without making it available for sale to the public?
Can I change my book after it is finished and available for sale?
Can I get my copyright registered?
Can I have a Library of Congress Control Number assigned to my book?
Can I include photos and illustrations in my book?
You are an American company. Do you publish books by authors from countries other than the United States?
Do you publish memoirs, autobiographies, biographies and similar works?

Where will my book be sold?

All of our paperback and hardcover books are listed for sale by www.BarnesandNoble.com, www.Amazon.com and other internet online bookstores. The books are also sold from our own online bookstore. Print books are also available through the distributor Ingram. eBooks are sold by www.BarnesandNoble.com and www.Amazon.com.
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Will my book be available in walk-in bookstores?

The best answer to that question is “sort of”. Because of the competition for shelf space and several other business factors, walk-in bookstores rarely stock print on demand books on their shelves. Most bookstores will, however, accept special orders from customers who request specific titles and obtain the books from the book distributor Ingram.
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How can I track sales of my book?

When we publish your book we will create an Author Sales account for you. This account (password protected) will allow you to monitor the sales of all of your books by edition (paperback, hardcover, ebook). Sales figures are updated whenever a sale from our store is processed (real time). Wholesale printed book and ebook sales such as those through Amazon and Barnes & Noble will be credited to your account weekly. Sales made directly to authors at the author discount price are not included.
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Your publishing order form asks for personal information. Is it protected?

We have a strong policy of protecting the privacy of our authors and customers. It is our belief that targeting unsolicited advertising to our customers would cost us more in customer ill will than it would benefit us in sales. We will never sell information collected from you to third parties.
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Can I include a photo or drawing in my book that I found on the internet?

Please be sure you either are the copyright owner of all material or have the permission of the copyright owner to use their material for commercial purposes. There is a common belief that any image found on the internet is public domain and can be freely used. THIS IS NOT TRUE! If you find an image you want to use you need to contact the owner for permission. If the website has a section discussing image use, please read it carefully. Many allow use for limited purposes only. It is also very likely that you would need to contact the copyright owner in any case because nearly all images displayed on the internet are of a low resolution not suitable for printing.
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I have a photo I took that I want to use in my book but it is in color. Is that ok?

For eBook only publishing, color photos are ok. For print books we currently can print interior pages in black and white only. Photos, drawings and similar things are fine, however they will be printed as grayscale (black and white). If you include color items in the manuscript or separately we will take care of converting to grayscale.
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Do you scan photos or drawings for inside the book or to put on the cover?

Certainly! We will be happy to scan materials for your book and we will also return them to you if desired. Please remember that, while rare, it is always possible that items may be lost or damaged in the mail and we are not responsible for any loss or damage.
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My manuscript is typed, not in a computer file. Will you still publish it?

We prefer manuscripts to be in a computer file, however, we will scan a typed manuscript for publishing as long as the print is computer readable – pages are not damaged or marked up, font is not cursive or complex, etc. Scanning service fee is $100.00 for 125 manuscript pages or less. Add $1.00 per page for each additional page.
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What type of files do you accept?

We prefer files in Microsoft Word. We can also easily use WordPerfect or Works files. We cannot accept manuscripts in Adobe (.pdf) format. There are other less common files which we might be able to use or we can give you advice on how to send in a format we can use. Although not easy, we have even received manuscripts embedded as the text of an email which we copied and used to create a file. In other words, if you do not have one of the more common files contact us and it is very likely we can work something out.
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Does the publishing fee include editing of my manuscript?

No. We will correct obvious spelling and grammar errors we notice while working on the manuscript, but full copyedit is not included. We do, however, provide a copyedit service as an optional item for authors who need it. Please click the green Copyedit button for more details about this service.
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How can I estimate how many book pages my manuscript will convert to?

Word count is not a reliable way to estimate final page count. The best way is to set to single space; font and size the same as you will want printed; top, bottom, and both sides margins to two inches for 6 by 9 inch book or top and bottom to two inches and sides to 2.25 inches for 5.5 by 8.5 inch book. Add seven for the front matter pages we will probably add and you will have a good estimate of the final page count. Please remember you do not have to do this for submission to us, we will handle all formatting. Also, if you would like you can simply email the manuscript file to us and we will be glad to email you back an estimated page count.
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What royalty rates do you pay?

We pay a royalty of 30% for sales from our store (direct sales) and 15% for sales through other retailers (wholesale sales) for paperbacks sold at minimum retail price. For hardcover book sales at minimum retail price we pay 25% for sales from our store and 10% for sales through other retailers. A higher royalty rate is paid if you set a retail price above our minimum. Click here for more information. For ebook sales we pay 50% of the amount we receive from retailers. We pay royalty fees every month regardless of the amount, normally within 15 days after the end of the month.
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I have a website. Can I become an affiliate of yours?

We invite anyone with a web site to participate in our affiliates program, including authors with web pages promoting books we publish. You can easily create an affiliate account by going to our website Store and clicking the Affiliate Login link located in the upper left corner and then entering the required information. Of course you don’t want to forget to place the URL that is provided on your web page.

We will pay you five percent of all book sales made to customers who follow your affiliate link. Commissions are paid every month provided they are at least $5.00. Amounts less than $5.00 will be carried forward until the balance exceeds $5.00.

Authors who publish books through us should note that you can obtain an affiliate link which will carry customers from your promotional web page directly to your book in our bookstore.
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Can I have my author photo printed on the cover?

Yes. We encourage you to provide a photo image (300 DPI) for the cover. If you mail us a photo to use we will scan for you and return it.
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Who sets the retail price for my book?

For paperback and hardcover books we have minimum retail prices established which are based on the number of pages in the book when it is published. You can set the retail price higher than the minimum if you desire. For ebook editions the minimum retail price is $5.95. You can set a higher eBook price, not exceeding our maximum. You can find a table showing the current minimum print book prices and maximum eBook prices by going to either the Paperback or Hardcover tabs.
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Do you give authors discounts when they purchase copies of their own books for promotional or other reasons?

When your book is ready for sale you will receive a special form for ordering books at a discounted price. You can find a table showing the prices by going to either the Paperback or Hardcover tabs. We also give an additional discount for large quantity orders. Authors who order 25 to 99 copies receive an additional five percent discount off the price of the books. Orders for 100 to 249 copies receive a ten percent discount off the price of the books. Orders for 250 or more copies receive a twenty percent discount off the price of the books.
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I don’t want an eBook edition. Is that OK?

Certainly. Just be sure to clearly tell us that when you submit your materials.
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Can I publish a book without making it available for sale to the public?

Yes you can. Just be sure to clearly tell us that when you submit your materials.
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Can I change my book after it is finished and available for sale?

We can make changes to the text or cover at any time after it has been published, however, there is a $150.00 fee.
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Can I get my copyright registered?

Registration of your copyright is not required for us to publish your book. However, if you want the additional protection that is provided by registration of your copyright we will be happy to submit the application for you. We charge $125.00 for this service which includes preparation of the application, payment of the registration fee and submission of two copies of your book to the U.S. Copyright Office.
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Can I have a Library of Congress Control Number assigned to my book?

The Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is a unique identification number assigned by the Library of Congress to the catalog record it creates for each book in its catalog system used by most libraries. While assignment of a number does not guarantee libraries will acquire your book, libraries seldom acquire books without an LCCN or CIP data. For a $50.00 fee we will arrange for assignment of an LCCN to your book and submit a copy of it to the Library of Congress.
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Can I include photos and illustrations in my book?

Yes you can. If your manuscript has pictures, illustrations or other images there is a fee of $5.00 per image. Please be aware that all interior pages of print books are printed in black and white only. For the eBook only publishing option, color photographs can be included. There is no fee for pictures or other artwork to be used on covers.
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You are an American company. Do you publish books by authors from countries other than the United States?

No. We are currently publishing US authors only.
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Do you publish memoirs, autobiographies, biographies and similar works?

We do not publish memoirs, autobiographies, biographies and similar works. These types of works typically create concerns for us related to potential legal difficulties resulting from the reactions of people and situations discussed in them. While authors have primary legal liability for what they write, we strive to avoid the possibility of getting involved as co-defendants in legal disputes.
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