What is the difference between Black & White and Full-Color Publishing services?
Our Black & White Book Publishing service enables you to publish a bookstore-quality paperback or hardback book with a gray-scale interior and full-color cover. Suited to works of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, biographies, and books which are predominantly text. The black & white service does enable you to include pictures and images in gray-scale on the interior.
When you opt for the Full-Color Book publishing service, you can publish a beautiful book with dazzling full-color throughout. Great for photography books, children’s books, cookbooks, or almost anything where you would like to offset your words with vibrant imagery.
We also have a range of Specialty Publishing Book Publishing services, which combine elements of both the Black & White service and the Full-Color service.
How long does it take you to publish a book?
The time required depends on the shape the manuscript is in when we receive it, the types of services you purchase, and on the length of time you take to review the proofs. The entire publishing process usually takes between 90 to 120 days once we receive your complete submission.
How many copies of my book will be provided?
Each publishing package also has a number of copies included. Please check your particular package to see how many copies you will be receiving. After publication, we will print as many books as ordered by individuals and bookstores. We do not charge you for these books and you earn royalties on each copy purchase by your audience. You can also order books for yourself at a heavily discounted rate.
How old do I have to be to publish my book with you?
You can be of any age to publish with us; however, if you are a minor, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian to co-sign your Publishing Agreement and authorize payment for your publishing services.
Do you offer e-books?
Yes! We are excited to now offer an electronic format for any book published in our Black & White packages. With the emergence of technology such as the Amazon Kindle, ebooks are becoming increasingly popular. We offer the eAdvantage Package which allows your book to be available on Amazon, Sony, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, BooksOnBoard and our Xlibris online bookstore. After your ebook’s publication, it will be assigned an ISBN. You can enjoy worldwide distribution through online books sales with quarterly royalty payments.
What do you mean by "templates"?
Templates are "patterns" into which we place your manuscript and images. Each template offers you a unique design, so you can choose the one you like best. Templates allow us to create your book quickly and with highly reliable quality assurance.
May I supply my own cover?
Of course. If you have already designed a cover for your book, we are more than happy to adopt your design. This feature is included in all the publishing packages except for the Advantage Package.
What does the complimentary paperback title mean?
When you sign up for your publishing package with us, we will happily provide you with a complimentary paperback title of your choice from our bookstore. The beauty of this is that if a new author chooses your book, you will receive your corresponding royalty. We are the first publisher to offer this feature. Designed to promote self-published titles, the complimentary title is included with publishing packages purchased after April 2007.
Will I have to buy any copies of my book?
No. You are under no obligation to purchase any copies of your book. You simply have to tell your audience where to purchase their copy through marketing and publicity efforts. If you would like to purchase copies for yourself, friends, family, or to sell yourself, you are entitled to a deep author discount, which ranges from 30% to 60%.
Will my book have an ISBN?
Yes, your book will be assigned the International Standard Book Numbers required by book sales channels to track and order your books. In addition, we will place a machine-readable Bookland/EAN barcode on your book's cover.