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Self Publishing Q & A

We help authors become published writers with our extensive experience in this ever-changing industry.

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How do we publish your book?
Your book will be available and on sale throughout the world in the biggest bookshop ever made: Amazon. Readers can buy your book in two forms: as a paperback through a Print-on-Demand process and as an e-book (electronic book) via Kindle.

What is Print-on-Demand?
Known as PoD, Print-on-Demand is a revolutionary new way to self-publish. We list your book with a printer and when customers order your book, a copy is printed and posted directly to them. No need for large print-runs or the expense of keeping stock. This publishing service costs just £175.

How much will I make in royalties?
Your book will be sold in two formats: in paper and in Kindle ebook. The structure for paying royalties is different for both.

For sales of the paper version of your book, the money earned from sales on Amazon is split into three parts. Firstly Amazon takes half, then the printer takes their manufacturing cost plus a share of the profits. The remainder is your royalty.

A 50,000-word A5 paperback book retailing at £8.99 on Amazon has its sales price divided as follows: Amazon takes £4.50, the printer charges £2.75 as cost plus 35p commission leaving £1.40 remaining as your royalty.

* These prices are only examples and were accurate at the time as provided by the printer. They are subject to change at any time and completely outside of our control.

In addition to selling your book on Amazon, it will also be available on Lulu which is the printer’s website. Here the amount earned from a sale is greater as Amazon do not receive their substantial share. Using the above example of a 50,000-word book, each sale on Lulu will generate around £3.95 in royalties.

Which Kindle format pays the most in royalty fees?
Amazon has two fee structures for royalties on Kindle books: 70 percent and 35 percent. These are dependent upon the price of your book. Generally, if your book is priced over £1.99, then 70 percent is paid as royalties. If under £1.99, then 35 percent is paid as a royalty. However, if your book has a large file size and is priced above a certain amount, Amazon may require the 35 percent fee structure. Amazon will also deduct a small fee in relation to the file size of your book. This is often 5 or 10 pence.

How much does PublishNation take in royalties?

Who owns the rights to my book?
You do. The book is owned by you in its entirety.

How will people find my book?
There’s lots of information freely available on the internet to help authors attract readers to their book. You may have tried this already and are disappointed with the results or you may be looking for professional support for your new book. We can help. Please visit our page on Book Marketing.

Do I receive copies of my book as part of the package?
Our standard package does not include the supply of paper version books or proof copies. These must be paid for separately. At least one proof copy must be purchased.

Can I buy my book at a discount?
Yes. You’ll be able to order your book at a substantial discount and the more copies you buy, the lower the cost per book.

What about corrections?
You can make corrections to your work when we email you back the drafts of your book. We can make corrections for you, but a fee of at least £20 will apply.

Will I receive a proof copy?
Yes. You’ll see your book and be able to make alterations long before it’s available on Amazon.

Will my book be on sale in shops?
We will publish and distribute your book where it will be on sale on the internet with such famous retailers as Amazon, the biggest bookshop in the world.

However, your book can be distributed to Ingram, which means that bricks and mortar bookshops may be able to order your book if they wish. There are specific print requirements for a book to be distributed to Ingram. Confirm with us when you are selecting your book size.

What paperback sizes are there?
A variety of sizes are available for your book:
A5 (the most popular, 14.8cm x 21cm)*
US Trade (15.24cm x 22.86cm)
Royal (15.6cm x 23.4cm)
Crown Quarto (18.9cm x 24.6cm)
Pocket size (10.8cm x 17.5cm)
The printing cost of your book will vary in relation to the sizes. Generally, the more pages a book has, the higher the cost. Images also increase the cost of a book. *Unless requested otherwise, your book will be in A5 size.

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