SELF-PUBLISHING IN GENERAL
Why first-time authors turn to self-publishing before aiming for traditional publishing?
Many published authors are actually hybrid; working with both traditional and self-publishing industry, and most of them started from being an indie author. So, why self-publish first?
Traditional publishing is not so easy to get into. Your manuscript has to undergo different stages of reviews. Being approved by the initial review doesn’t give a guarantee that it will pass the next through the final publisher’s review. And most often, you get a lot of rejections.
Self-publishing your book gives you an instant chance to get published as soon and as is the way you want for your book. Hybrid authors use this opportunity to entice potential traditional publishers.
Why go for e-book publishing?
E-book, or electronic book, is a book publication in digital format readable on computers and/or other electronic devices.
E-books have revolutionized and continue to challenge the endless possibilities of literary arts. We no longer have to think what to bring around somewhere or on a trip because now we can simply download them on our laptops, e-book reading devices and even our cell phones. It was estimated that 3-3.3 million Kindles were sold in 2009. With the growing popularity of e-books and e-book readers, authors have another way to get their book to a wider audience.
What is ISBN and ISSN?
Both ISBN and ISSN are unique product identifiers. They come in a series of numbers and not one product has the same code as the others.
ISBN (International Standard Book Number) identifies individual book for its language, title code and its publisher. It is used to distribute and order your title at product sellers across the world.
ISSN (International Standard Number) identifies the series of books published under a unifying title but does not identify the publisher. Although ISSN is usually applicable to magazines, journals, newspapers among others, but it is not really limited to periodicals; they can also be applicable in some book series. The same ISSN code is used all throughout a particular series.
Can go either or both, ISBN and ISSN are located at the back cover and inside the copyright’s page.
So, if I publish a book series, should I choose ISSN over ISBN?
To clarify matters, a series of books is only eligible for an ISSN if it has no planned end to the publication schedule. Book series, like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, are expected to end, hence not eligible for an ISSN, whereas institutional books like Encyclopedias, Concise Physics, Chicago Manual of Style, are continuously-improving series that do not have a planned end, and therefore is eligible for an ISSN.
How Does Print-on-Demand Technology Works?
Print-on-demand technology is a modern digital printing technology that allows books to be printed to match market demand. With this technology, publishers won’t have to do large print runs only to have it sit in warehouses, waiting for a deal. Print-on-demand publishing helps reduce costs by supplying books specific to each bookseller’s order. It’s a technique self-publishing industry uses to avoid unnecessary big up-front costs.
What types of e-book publishing formats are there?
E-books can be published in a variety of formats. Here are few of the most common e-book publishing formats.
.pdf – This format is the most convenient format among all the other formats and it stands for “Portable Document Format” The PDF format was created by Adobe Systems and is highly compatible with PCs, Macs and Linux systems. PDF files can also be viewed directly on the Web with Adobe Reader.
.epub – The EPub format, based on XHTML and XML, is an open standard for e-books. Although less convenient than pdf, this format is a popular choice for a wide range of devices, and is highly compatible with Barnes and Noble’s nook, Kobo, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, and Google Play Books.
Why register with US Copyright? and How is US Copyright Registered different from US Copyright Protected?
Having your material officially registered with the U.S. Copyright office allows you to take legal action to recover a monetary value if someone uses your work illegally.
Any material (pictures, text, information, quote, map, song, illustration, etc.) is immediately and automatically US Copyright protected as soon as you fix the work in a tangible form. Registering a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office creates a public record of the basic information of your work, which will give you legitimate ownership over it.
What is Ingram?
Ingram Content Group is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of books.
SELF-PUBLISHING WITH LEGAIA BOOKS
What type of self-publishing company is Legaia Books USA?
Legaia Books has helped thousands of authors reach their publishing goals. It has published books featured in different media like Paperclips Magazine, Facebook and etc. titles since 2010.
We’ve built our self-publishing company around you, the author, and designed a process to best help you reach your publishing goals. Throughout our Author-centric publishing process, you collaborate with a personal team of Legaia Books consultants to ensure your vision is translated into a custom-designed book. Our new initiatives focus on your goals as an author, gearing your manuscript to appear where you want it to appear: the bookstore, TV, radio, or even the big screen.
Unlike some book publishers, Legaia Books USA allows you to retain all rights and control decisions around the marketing of your book. When your book is finished, it’s available for order at online book retailers worldwide including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Chapter’s Indigo.
Does Legaia Books USA require a literary agent?
Hiring a literary agent won’t be a guarantee that your manuscript will be picked up by traditional publishers. In fact, 98 percent of all unsolicited manuscripts submitted to traditional publishers are rejected. Literary agents can be very expensive and some are unscrupulous who charge reading fees but won’t actually read your manuscript.
At Legaia Books, you can bypass literary agents. You don’t need one, we are always open to matters and issues you wish to understand. And consultation is always free of charge. This will help you avoid unnecessary expenses, pitfalls, and headaches that are commonly associated working with a literary agent.
How do I self-publish with Legaia Books?
Self-publishing with Legaia Books is just as easy as these five steps:
- You will have an in-depth conversation with a Publishing Consultant to discuss your project goals, payment methods, marketing platforms and royalties.
- Choose the services that align with your publishing goals.
- Submit your materials, and coordinate with the book-publishing proces
- After you approve the outcome of your book, congratulations, Legaia will now get you officially published.
- You don’t just stop at getting published. Legaia will offer you marketing tools, such as Amazon Advertising and Google Advertising, and tips depending on the package you’ve availed for.
How does the book-publishing process work?
Here in Legaia, we give professional advice, guidelines, and options but you decide what’s best for your book. Throughout our author-centric publishing process, you collaborate with a personal team of publishing consultants to ensure your vision is translated into a custom-designed book. Our publishing consultants provide advice for you to reach your publishing goals while you maintain creative control. We design the book around your ideas and goals.
Here’s the flow:
- Once we receive all of your materials, your manuscript will undergo reviews.
- After reviewing your manuscript, your book will now proceed to publishing proper:
- Book Design – book designers and cover designers will collaborate with you to choose the most attractive and readable design for your genre. We will design your book interior and cover, and will send you a galley proof to review.
- Editorial Phase – editing process will start together with the book design. Editorial phase depends on what Package you’ve availed for. See https://www.legaiabooks.com/services/editing-services/ for details. Your manuscript will be given back to you with all the editorial highlights. After all corrections/issues are applied, and everything has been approved between you and the editors, your manuscript is now ready for the next stage.
- Content Layout – As soon as editorial phase is done, our layout artists will now work on your book. We’ll send you a copy of the layout for you to review. Any request you raise will be entertained in accordance to your privileges.
- Ready for Publication – Your book is turned into an electronic computer file that contains all the content – words, pictures, tables, and other elements, which include formatting specifications. From this file, we can generate books in a wide range of formats: hardcover and paperback books, downloadable electronic books and eBooks.
Is acquiring ISBN and copyright necessary before I publish with Legaia Books?
Acquiring ISBN and copyright is indeed necessary, but you don’t have to worry, Legaia Books will help make it easier for you.
Legaia Books will provide an ISBN for your book at no extra charge. We also provide the ability for you to register a book with the US Copyright Office. We will complete all the process, from necessary forms to paper works. All you need is to fill up necessary information.
At Legaia Books, you receive quarterly royalties on each and every purchase of your book, whether it is bought directly from the Legaia Books Bookstore or online book retailers worldwide including Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Here’s an overview of what you need to know about how royalties are calculated. You earn royalties every time a book is printed to fulfill a new customer order place on Amazon.com, Amazon’s European websites, your Legaia Books USA Sales, or through sales channels offered with Expanded Distribution. A royalty is calculated based on the list price you set for the location where your book is printed. Our printer, distributors and shipping take their share (which is comprised of a percentage of the list price for each sales channel, the fixed charged and per page charged based on the print location) from the list price and the rest is your royalty earned. Meaning, you get 100% royalty from all the books your title sells.
You will receive your royalty every 20th day of a quarter. There is also a threshold of $100 before we send the royalty to you.
Legaia Books partners with leading payment merchants to process payments from our authors. We value payment security in all transactions we make and As a regulated online service, Legaia Books must comply with the rules and regulations imposed by the US government, our payment merchants, MasterCard®, and our banks. In doing so, authors may be required to submit specific documentation that will assist us in ensuring the safety and security of all transactions done via our payment merchants.
Here are our official payment partners:
PayPal Holdings, Inc. is an American company operating a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like checks and money orders.
Payoneer is a financial services company that provides online money transfer and digital payment services.