What is involved in the publication process?
All of the details of this can be found on the Home Page of this website but, briefly, we carry out copy editing and proofreading, book design and layout, professional cover design, formatting for the Kindle platform, plus a detailed and comprehensive marketing strategy.
What is the potential market for my book?
There are over ten million Kindle users worldwide with the numbers increasing daily. But the market for your book goes far beyond that because Kindle provides apps so that your book can be read on virtually any eBook device such as iPads and the Android devices.
Will my book be available internationally?
Yes, absolutely. Your book will be available to all the countries of the world where Amazon have a presence, including the UK, Europe, and the USA which has the biggest number of Kindle owners.
Do you publish all books submitted to you?
Certainly not. One of the disadvantages of Kindle is that it doesn’t have a strict editorial policy concerning which books are published. We do. All manuscripts submitted to us are read and thoroughly critiqued by independent readers. This critique is sent to the author together with either an offer of publication or a polite rejection. That said, we publish approximately 30% of manuscripts submitted to us – conventional ‘printed book’ publishers right now are accepting almost no books at all by new authors.
Does my book need an ISBN?
It is not necessary to buy an ISBN (which now cannot be bought individually but only in batches of ten) because Amazon will provide an ISBN for the book themselves.
How long does it take to publish my book to Amazon’s Kindle?
Unless there are unforeseen problems we can publish a book in approximately six weeks.
What types of books do you consider for publication?
We consider all genres and types of books from short illustrated children’s picture books through conventional fiction and non-fiction to reference books, memoirs and family histories. In fact, we have published almost every type of book in the last six years.
Is there a length requirement for my book?
Kindle is a very forgiving medium where length is not of any great importance. For example, fiction of novella length and short stories are proving very popular on Kindle. This is in contrast to printed books where these genres were rarely published at all in recent years.
How do you set the price of my book?
Because Kindle is owned by amazon.com, a US company, the retail price is set initially in US Dollars then automatically converted to the currency of the country in which it is on sale. Thus, in the UK it will appear for sale in British Pounds, in Europe, the Euro and so on. One thing you must remember is that ebooks are priced lower than conventional printed books. There are conventional ‘industry standard’ prices for different types of books to which we tend to adhere. But another advantage of Kindle is that the price of the book can be changed very quickly at any time depending on sales.
How much do I get paid for each book sold?
Kindle has a somewhat strange royalty commission policy. Books which are priced below $2.99 receive 35% royalty payment. Books between $2.99 and $9.99 receive 70% and books from $10.00 to $20.00 revert to 35%. In addition, Kindle charges the author for electronic delivery based on the file size. For books such as novels which are primarily text-based, this is usually a matter of pennies but it increases for books with, for example, many color pictures.
How do I get paid for book sales?
Since 27.10.17 Amazon KDP has stopped sending cheques. There is an option to be paid by direct bank transfer. Authors can set their bank details at any time after publication.
How is my book marketed?
Marketing an ebook is very different from marketing a printed book and we probably know more about this than any other company in the UK. If you take a look at the page on this website which deals specifically with marketing you will find all you need to know. Suffice it to say that our marketing strategy is specifically designed to maximize sales of your book.
What happens after my book is published?
We set up a special separate account for you on Amazon’s Kindle with your own username and password. This provides access to your account over which you will have full control. You can check sales as frequently as you want and change any element of the book when required, even down to the content and cover design! All of this is explained clearly in the documents we send to you upon publication.
Can you publish a printed copy of my book?
We are aware that many readers still prefer a physical, printed book. In order to cater for this sector of the market, we will also publish a conventional printed edition of the book through Kindle Direct Publishing. This allows you to have printed copies of your book on sale on Amazon without holding any stock at all. They are literally printed on demand. This edition will be available alongside the Kindle edition on Amazon to maximise the book’s chances of success. As a part of our services five copies of the printed edition will be sent to your address upon publication.