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FAQ – Book Publishing

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Self-Publishing
What is self-publishing?

Self-Publishing is a model of book publishing where the author publishes his book either on his/her own, or engages a publisher who publishes the book on behalf of the author.

How is self-publishing different from traditional-publishing?

Traditional Publishers choose the book they wish to publish from the manuscripts submitted to them either directly by the author, or via the book agents. Traditional Publishers own the right to monetize the book through book sales and content licensing and in exchange, they give to the author pre-decided royalties on a defined frequency for book sales and licensing deals. A traditional publisher also has the right to edit, print, release, distribute, and market as they consider best.

In self-publishing, the author does exactly what a traditional publisher does; however, the author commissions the publisher and is involved in each and every step of the life cycle of their book.

Why would an author prefer self-publishing over traditional-publishing?

There are many reasons for this decision. Read on.

Accepting a book for publishing: Traditional Publishers may decline to publish your book but you believe in your book. A self-publisher will help you realize your potential. Self-Publishers do not decline to publish your book so long as publishing it doesn’t pose any risk to their entity.

Rights to monetize the book: Traditional Publishers take full rights to monetize your book. As an author, you would like to retain many of these rights. Self-publishing allows you to be selective about rights you wish to give or keep or share with your publisher.

Decision-making in the process of publishing the book: Traditional Publishers allow you limited access to decision-making through the life cycle of your book. Self-Publishers keep you involved throughout, you are in control.

Time taken to publish your book: Traditional-Publisher will release your book as per their planned calendar. In self-publishing, you can decide when to release your book. Typically a traditional publisher, if they choose your book, takes 12 – 18 months to release a book. Self-Publishing allows you to publish the book in a matter of a few weeks.

Printing & distributing your book: Traditional Publishers distribute the book where they believe they will do well. Today, publishing networks & systems, and technological advances & services allow you to distribute your book globally in multiple markets. A self_publisher will show you how to do so and keep the controls of printing & distribution in your hands.

Printed copies: A traditional publisher prints in bulk batches. If your book sells well, they continue printing the next batch. If your book does not meet their sales expectation then your book is packed and you are tied down for the number of years you assign the rights of the book to the traditional publisher. Self-Publisher prints in small batches, even on-demand as and when an order comes (even a single copy), or in bulk, all in consultation and risk-sharing options with the author.

Print Quality: Traditional Publishers do not allow you much leeway in choosing the specification in which your book will be printed. A Self-Publisher will share all options with you and then you can decide which printing specification is best for your book.

Royalty Rates & Payments: In Traditional-Publishing the royalties are pre-decided, typically 6 to 10 % of the book’s price, which an author gets at a defined frequency from the publisher. In Self-Publishing, an author gets all the royalties. This typically is much higher than what an author will get in traditional publishing payable frequently, many times as frequently as once a month.

Transparency: With most traditional publishers, getting the information on print numbers, sales, royalty disbursement, etc is as hard as looking through an opaque wall. You need to be patient for the information to be passed on to you. And you must trust that the information shared with you is true. With commissioned self-publishers, your experience is better but not necessarily always so.

Surely traditional-publishing must be better than self-publishing in many ways too?

Yes, of course. Traditional-Publishing has many pluses and big ones.

Publisher Brand Value: Traditional Publishing has better brand value than self-publishing. Many people believe self-publishing to be vanity-publishing, a perception that is not easily hidden below the carpet.

Upfront Financial Commitment: In Traditional Publishing, the author does not bear any financial cost. In Self-Publishing, the author bears all the costs of publishing.

Retail Distribution: A good traditional publisher has its distribution network in place. In the hands of a good publisher, a very small niche in itself, your book gets distributed well in retail bookstores.

Book Pricing & Royalty
How is pricing of the book decided?

You decide the pricing of the book. We are here to guide you.

The pricing (MRP / List Price) should add up for the following items:

  1. Printing Cost (depending on size, paper type, number of pages, binding type, special treatment, etc.)
  2. Distribution Fee (if your book is distributed by a distributor)
  3. Platform Fee (if your book is sold on a platform like Amazon, Online, etc.)
  4. Warehousing Fee (if the books are printed and stored with us. Not applicable for Print-on-Demand.)
  5. Packaging Fee (pack, label)
  6. Shipping Fee (via reliable courier partner)
  7. Service Fee (if you wish to outsource order fulfillment to us)
  8. Profit / Royalty (you share/earnings)

Quite a few times, #2 and #3 are combined when distribution is involved.

How transparent is payment of Royalty?

100%.

You have a right to know about sales figures through multiple channels, the costs involved, and your earnings.

At what frequency is royalty paid?

We remit your royalty every quarter or subject to the payout crossing Rs 5000/-.

In case you wish to receive your royalty earlier then you can ask us. We will try to pay your royalties earlier and even if the payout is less than Rs 5000/-. We take a cll on case to case basis depending on our work load and your need.

Do authors get a discount on purchasing their book?

Of course!

The price of the book to you is calculated as follows:

The pricing (MRP / List Price) should add up for the following items:

  1. Printing Cost (depending on size, paper type, number of pages, binding type, special treatment, etc.)
  2. Packaging Fee (pack, label)
  3. Shipping Fee (via reliable courier partner)
  4. Service Fee (if you wish to outsource order fulfillment to us)
How can a author order their copies?

Let us know your requirement over email. We will dispatch the books.

Publishing, Printing, Distribution Services
What all is included in your Publishing Services?

In our publishing services, we include either all of the items listed here or some customized services from the list from this many services mentioned here… YOU decide what you want from us. We are here to guide you so that you make the best decision.

What is your Publishing fee?

Check this page – TWAGAA Book Publishing Fee.

Where will my book be printed?

Subject to the type of book and your need for inventory or not, we will advise you where, how, and in which specs it is best to print your books.

Where all will my book be distributed?

Once again, we will discuss with you what’s best for your book and then we will help you accordingly.

Your book can be made available in all or any selective channel mentioned below:

  • Your Amazon KDP account
  • Our Amazon KDP account
  • Your website
  • Our website
  • Your Sellercentral
  • Our Sellercentral
  • Your IngramSpark account
  • Our IngramSpark account

Let us know if there are any other places you wish to list your book. We will help you to list on that platform.

How many copies are printed upfront?

Once again, do what works best for you. We can print in bulk or on-demand.

We can print as few as 1 copy via the print-on-demand process, and process your order immediately.

We also help you with warehousing in case you need to keep the inventory in a godown.

Do you charge for warehousing & fulfilment?

When you print-on-demand then there is no warehousing fee.

In case you decide to print in bulk and keep the inventory with us, then there is no warehousing fee again.

Only when you decide to keep the inventory with us, we charge a rental basis. ft. of space occupied by the inventory.

For how long will my book be listed by you?

The books are available for sale on the online distribution channels till the time you wish to continue to engage our services. There are no charges for any renewal. Once onboard, you get our services until the time you decide not to avail our services.

Are there any on-going renewal or subscription charges?

None :).

Marketing & Add-Ons
What all is included in your Publishing Services?

In our publishing services, we include either all of the items listed here or a few things from this many services mentioned here… YOU decide what you want from us. We are here to guide you so that you take a decision which is best for you.

What is your Publishing fee?

Check this page – Twagaa Book Publishing Fee.

We like to keep things simple.

Where will my book be printed?

Subject to the type of book and the your need for inventory or not, we will advise you where, how and in which specs it is best to print your books.

Where all will my book be distributed?

Once again, we will discuss with you what’s best for your book and then we will help you accordingly.

You book can be made available in all or any selective channel mentioned below:

  • Your Amazon KDP account
  • Our Amazon KDP account
  • Your website
  • Our website
  • Your Sellercentral
  • Our Sellercentral
  • Your IngramSpark account
  • Our IngramSpark account

Let us know if there are any other places you wish to list your book. We will help you if we know how to list in that platform.

How many copies are printed upfront?

Once again, do what works best for you. We can print in bulk or on-demand.

We can print as less as 1 copy via print-on-demand process, and process your order immediately.

We also help you with warehousing in case you need to keep the inventory in a godown.

Do you charge for warehousing & fulfilment?

When you print-on-demand then there is no warehousing fee.

In case you decide to print in bulk and keep the inventory on our end, then ther ei no warehousing fee again.

Only when you decide to keep the inventory with us, we charge a rental basis the cu. ft. of space occupied by the inventory.

For how long will my book be listed by you?

The books are available for sale on the online distribution channels till the time you wish to continue to engage our services. There is no charges for any renewal. Once onboard, you get our services until the time you decide not to avail our services.

Are there any on-going renewal or subscription charges?

None, but we do accept tips if you feel generous :).

What are the payment options for your Publishing Fee?

At the start of work – 50%

Balance on completion of work when the book is listed on our channels.

In case your book is listed on your channels, balance is payable on approval from your end for listing the book.

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