Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an ISBN? Is it necessary?
- Will you get the ISBN number for the book or do I have to get it? What about the bar code?
- I have my complete book printed already/ready to print. Can you help me with ISBN and barcode?
- I already have the ISBN number. Can I use it to publish my book with you?
- Are different ISBNs used if a book appears in different languages?
- Can I use the same ISBN that I have got from another publisher for the print copy of the same book?
- Can I get an ISBN registered in my name? How is the barcode registered?
- Is copyright registration needed? Will you get it or do I have to?
- In what format would you accept my manuscript?
- After signing the contract, what is expected in the manuscript submission?
- Sometimes author can make mistakes in typo, sentence making etc. Will that be rechecked before going for print?
- Can I have direct communication with the editor who is working on my book?
- If I am not happy with your editing service, can you give me a second round of free editing?
- Do you provide genre specific editors as per the script, like horror or spirituality or Sci-Fi?
- Are the editors working for BecomeShakespeare.com, employees ?
- Will the editor give me necessary feedback on my book?
- I need a better understanding of which service best fits the requirements of my work, will you be able to help?
- What formats do I need to submit the files for printing?
- I don’t have the print-ready files (soft copies/PDF files), just the printed book/material; how do we proceed?
- Should I submit my print files in CMYK or in RGB colour mode?
- Should I submit my print files in CMYK or in RGB colour mode?
- What other aspects do I need to check on before submitting the file for printing?
- Can there be colour variations between the printed cover and the digital proof?
- How many copies will you print?
- What happens when those copies get over?
- What are POD, digital printing, offset printing, and web printing?
- How will you ensure the quality of the book? Can you provide me any samples?
- Is there any extra cost for dummy/proof copies, if required?
- What will be the size of the book?
- I have a certain specialty finish/embossing/flap requirement that I would like a quote on. Can you assist?
- What is an eBook?
- How important is it to have your book in an eBook format?
- If I am taking only the eBook conversion and distribution service, what format do you want the input files in?
- What are the various eBook formats you will convert my book to? Which retailers do these formats work with?
- I have a paperback ISBN, can I use the same for the eBook version too?
- Where will my eBook be available for purchase?
- Do I choose how much my eBook costs?
- Can my eBook have colour pages/ images?
- How much royalty do I earn from eBook sales?
- What is the process of eBook distribution? In how much time do the eBooks go live?
- Is there a chance post the conversion that my eBook will get rejected for sales via any eBook retailer?
- How many devices will be allowed to share one file?
- What if my eBook undergoes post-publication corrections?
- Is your eBook conversion process secure?
- How safe is the eBook with the various eBook distributors/retailers where you propose to list it?What are the risks associated with eBooks and their digital distribution?
- Do you have an Audio Book service currently?
- If I want to provide the eBook for free, how do I do it?
- Why is the eBook royalty less compared to print book royalty as this doesn’t include any logistics?
What is an ISBN? Is it necessary?
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a 13-digit number that’s used internationally as a unique identifier for books.. We need the ISBN to identify each book that is published, and each edition of the same book. ISBN also identifies the publisher of the book. It is the standard ID number used to identify books by booksellers, libraries, book wholesalers, and distributors. If you plan to sell your book in bookstores, to libraries, or through online retailers like Amazon.com, you will need an ISBN. ISBNs are issued to publishers, who then assign them to individual books. This can be done at any time, even before the book is written. ISBN is mandatory if you wish to list and sell it via retailers; if you wish to have the book only for private circulation the ISBN is not necessary.
Will you get the ISBN number for the book or do I have to get it? What about the bar code?
An ISBN for your work is registered under BecomeShakespeare.com and is included with each of our publishing packages. The ISBN will be inserted on the copyright page and on the back cover of the book with the bar code. The barcode is a digital image that sellers can scan to identify the ISBN. Separate ISBNs are assigned for paperback, hard back, and eBook versions of a book. We will assign ISBN(s) and create the required barcode(s) for your book.
I have my complete book printed already/ready to print. Can you help me with ISBN and barcode?
Yes, if you publish the book through us, we will assign an ISBN to you and also provide the barcode.
I already have the ISBN number. Can I use it to publish my book with you?
Yes, you may.
Are different ISBNs used if a book appears in different languages?
Yes, it’s a unique identification for your book, so different ISBNs have to be used.
Can I use the same ISBN that I have got from another publisher for the print copy of the same book?
Yes, you can. However, make sure that the publisher who assigned the ISBN has no objection.
Can I get an ISBN registered in my name? How is the barcode registered?
The ISBN assigned by us is registered in our name. If you wish to have an ISBN registered in your name, you could apply for the same with Raja Ram Mohun Roy Agency, which is the authorised agency to assign ISBNs in India.
Barcode for your book is generated from the unique ISBN assigned to your book. It is not registered separately.
Is copyright registration needed? Will you get it or do I have to?
As per most copyright laws globally, if you have created something unique as an art form, you own the copyrights of the same. Once the same is brought to the public domain, it establishes your copyright over the material. While that being the case, one may seek to register her/his copyright with a copyright registering authority as per the laws of your land. You may log on to http://copyright.gov.in/ or http://www.copyright.gov/ or check the copyright laws in your own country for more information.
In what format would you accept my manuscript?
We prefer accepting the work in Word format.
After signing the contract, what is expected in the manuscript submission?
All the material you wish us to edit, must be sent as a part of the submission. A tentative indication is below; please feel free to submit whatever you think should be a part of your work, all components are not mandatory:
- Table of contents
- Copyrights & publisher’s page. Should you need help, we shall help with our standard formats. Should you have anything special as a part of any legal disclosure to make, please do indicate the same.
- Prologue/Epilogue as applicable
- About the author
- About the book: A tentative back cover blurb (which goes on the back of the book) – Preferably within 1800 characters (including punctuations and spacing)
- References, citations, credits and permissions used
- Glossary of terms
- Short notes marked along with context
- The full manuscript of your book
Sometimes author can make mistakes in typo, sentence making etc. Will that be rechecked before going for print?
We would suggest you to take one of our editing services. Depending on the editing service taken, we will first get your manuscript edited and so if there are any error it would be corrected as per type of editing opted for. You will need to then just recheck if you are happy with the editing done.
Can I have direct communication with the editor who is working on my book?
Yes, you will absolutely have all required direct communication with the editor working on your book, only in case of Extensive Editing. However, for copy editing and proofreading, the co-ordination will be through the project manager. The communication will be over emails and our project management system. Meeting in person is rather difficult as we have editors all across the globe and won’t be able to ascertain if the most suitable editor for your work will be in your city.
If I am not happy with your editing service, can you give me a second round of free editing?
Yes, we will help with an additional round, if so be the case.
Do you provide genre specific editors as per the script, like horror or spirituality or Sci-Fi?
Yes, we do.
Are the editors working for BecomeShakespeare.com, employees ?
We have an editorial team, who also evaluate the work of other editors. Also, not all the editors are employed with us full-time. We consistently keep adding more verified editors to the team. Each editor has passed our internal assignment tests and is a qualified one; hence we are assured of the quality we can deliver to the work we undertake. Additionally, we have a wide variety of editors who are genre specialists.
Will the editor give me necessary feedback on my book?
It depends on the editing service taken. If the author has taken extensive editing or book mentoring services, then the editor will be giving the necessary feedback for the book. Please read more here on the various types of services we offer in editing.
I need a better understanding of which service best fits the requirements of my work, will you be able to help?
Yes, we can. Should you wish us to evaluate the work for its requirement, we will be happy to help. Please do mail us the work on email@example.com and we shall come back to you in 72 working hours with our assessment.
What formats do I need to submit the files for printing?
We prefer the inputs in print-ready PDF files, including the cover and inner pages. You may send the cover design files in any popular format like InDesign, PSD, etc. The print-ready PDF file should have crop marks and 3 to 5 mm bleed area.
I don’t have the print-ready files (soft copies/PDF files), just the printed book/material; how do we proceed?
We would recommend that you try for the print-ready files as the work entailing conversion of printed material to print-ready files in soft/digital format is a cumbersome process with high likelihood for errors.
Yet, if the same is not possible, there are a few options you may explore:
- Use an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to scan the work; the same will enable the work to get captured as characters in Word format instead of JPEG images of a regular scanner. There are several software available, which are free and can be used on a smartphone to do this exercise as well, e.g. Goggles from Google is a software that we recommend. You will get it on your Android Play Store or iOS App Store. Use the same on all pages and extract the text to a Word file. Please check adequately before you begin laying out the same into a book format on Word or PDF, as OCR does not register some alphabets if the printing is not of great quality.
- If you wish to skip it, try using professional services, from a service which may have a drum scanner, the same will provide you a better scanning result than your regular flatbed scanner (which is commonly used in households/offices). Also drum scanners can have inputs from different types of page sizes, maps, etc.
- If you think your regular flatbed scanner can do the job, try it. Change its settings to 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolution scan for a better result.
- We don’t provide these services as a lot of time is spent in corrections as per the available printed material. Yet, if you don’t have any other option, we will be happy to help. However, as we mentioned, the quality of the scanned files is dependent on the printed material available. The charges and time required for the same, will need to be discussed upon seeing the material.
Should I submit my print files in CMYK or in RGB colour mode?
We recommend CMYK mode as that is what the printers are going to use. When one transfers the RGB files to CMYK files, it is possible that there will be differences. Yet, if you already have designed the files in RGB, we can help to convert them to CMYK; we will get the proofs approved from you before we take it to printing.
How does one know how the spine’s width will turn out and how much text it should carry?
The spine of the book is dependent on four factors:
1. The number of pages,
2. The type of paper used,
3. The binding used (perfect binding, section sewn, etc.), and
4. The cover used (paper back, hard case, etc.).
Using our calculations, we can give you the spine thickness as per the standard paper that we use to design the same, or for an extra fee we can take care of adjusting the spine size by making changes in the open file. The spine should carry the title and subtitle of the book, along with the author and publisher’s imprint/name. If the book’s spine is too thin or not as tall, a few parts should be dropped.
What other aspects do I need to check on before submitting the file for printing?
Some things to ensure when submitting a file and checking if it is ready-to-print:
- It has to have clear crop marks
- It has to have a bleed of 3mm – 5mm
- Does it have – Publisher’s logo, ISBN, Barcode?
- Are all the images used in the file a resolution of 300 dpi or more?
- Are all the final files in PDF format?
Can there be colour variations between the printed cover and the digital proof?
Yes, there are strong chances: the same file printed by two different printers has almost a 99% chance of giving varying results.
How many copies will you print?
We will take care of fulfilment of the orders as the book keeps selling. The book is printed only when there is a sale on any ecommerce site, there is no limit for the number of copies.
Additionally, we provide the author with complimentary copies as per the packages. In the Basic package, you get 10 copies, in Essentials – 20, Pro – 30, and Pro+ – 60.
What happens when those copies get over?
In the publishing packages, the same moves to digital POD, i.e. we print and deliver a copy even if a single copy sells. Also, if you wish to opt for bulk printing at that point, we could help you with the same as well.
What are POD, digital printing, offset printing, and web printing?
With digital printing technology it is possible to print as many copies as are needed. POD is a subset of the same, where if need be a single copy is printed whenever needed.
Offset is the technology where the books are printed in higher volume and the papers are inserted in sheets while printing 4/8/16/32 pages at one time via a plate, while in web printing the same is for very high volume to be printed in a very short time – the machines are far larger and the paper is fed in rolls.
Digital printing technology does not require the creation of printing plates. It has a very short turnaround period and relatively low cost of printing per book. This method is generally used for short print runs and personalised printing.
Print run: Less than 1000 copies.
Offset printing is the traditional method of printing that involves the creation of printing plates. Offset printing offers you economies of scale. Though digital printing technology has substantially reduced the costs of printing per book for short print runs, when print runs are larger than 1000, offset printing works out to be more economical.
Print run: More than 1000 copies.
Offset Web Printing is generally used for very large print runs. The printers used in these processes are huge and run at a speed of 3000 ft per minute or faster.
Print run: More than 5000 impressions
How will you ensure the quality of the book? Can you provide me any samples?
Printing is a very standard process, and we use the best printers as our vendors; you should not have any issues with the printing we deliver. As a part of the process, we will send you a dummy/proof copy before we go in for printing the entire lot, which would give you a clear indication of how your book will look. We proceed only once your approval has come in.
Is there any extra cost for dummy/proof copies, if required?
The cost of the proof copies is included in the package. Should the requirements be significantly different from standard, we will intimate you before the contract gets signed.
What will be the size of the book?
We recommend the standard book sizes like 8.5×5.5”, 8×5”, 7×4” for most books, but if you need a special size the same can be worked out.
I have a certain specialty finish/embossing/flap requirement that I would like a quote on. Can you assist?
Yes, but please be aware that specifications outside our normal print parameters will cost significantly more, and we will provide a custom quote for the same.
eBook Creation and Distribution
What is an eBook?
An eBook (Electronic Book) is a book whose contents are in an electronic format. The same may be adapted to various different devices, e.g. laptops, computers, e-readers, mobile phones, other handheld electronic devices, etc.
How important is it to have your book in an eBook format?
Readers globally have started accepting and preferring eBooks over paperbacks. Due to their digital nature, eBooks come with inherent advantages like the following:
- Most eBooks are priced at less than their paperback versions,
- They are environmentally friendly,
- They can be made available globally across several retailers with ease,
- They are accessible immediately once purchased,
- They now have facilities like subscription, where one can access millions of books at a miniscule monthly subscription cost,
- Similarly, there are several eBook library vendors as well, where one can lend an eBook for a monthly fee,
- The reader can invariably read a given section of the book as a sample before making the purchase,
- With eBooks, you go never out of print.
If I am taking only the eBook conversion and distribution service, what format do you want the input files in?
For the individual service of the eBook conversion, we accept the book laid out in PDF or Word format. When you take a publishing package with us, we take care of all the requirements internally.
What are the various eBook formats you will convert my book to? Which retailers do these formats work with?
Most major eBook retailers globally accept the three standard formats: secured PDF, ePub & Mobi. We will help with all the three formats.
I have a paperback ISBN, can I use the same for the eBook version too?
As per the ISBN authorities, the eBook and paperback versions should have different ISBNs. A few retailers carry the same ISBN, while most prefer not to. We strongly recommend separate ISBNs.
Where will my eBook be available for purchase?
All across the globe, across all major eBook retailers such as
Do I choose how much my eBook costs?
Yes, you will decide the same.
Can my eBook have colour pages/ images?
Yes, it can. However, eBook colours will reflect as black and white or colour depending on the device.
How much royalty do I earn from eBook sales?
70% of the Net Receipts
What is the process of eBook distribution? In how much time do the eBooks go live?
Post conversion, we start listing the book on various platforms. The process generally takes about a week or so for the key retailers, and a maximum of about four weeks to cover all major eBook retailers.
Is there a chance post the conversion that my eBook will get rejected for sales via any eBook retailer?
Yes, the listing and sales from any particular retailer is at the eBook retailer’s discretion. Generally, we don’t have such issues, unless there is a copyright violation by the author, plagiarism, or if excess content is copied from the public domain in the book. If such an issue arises, the author is asked to put up her/his case before a formal rejection happens.
How many devices will be allowed to share one file?
The same depends on the eBook retailer’s policies which are mentioned on their respective websites. They are different for each retailer.
What if my eBook undergoes post-publication corrections?
If there are any corrections, the entire eBook’s page settings need to change sometimes, the same will apply on the PDF of the book, the paperback and the eBook. It is possible to make the changes; charges will apply as per the number and quantity of changes suggested.
Is your eBook conversion process secure?
Yes. Our eBook conversion process works within secured systems, hence there will not be a case where anyone outside of the systems will be able to access your eBook during the conversion process.
How safe is the eBook with the various eBook distributors/retailers where you propose to list it?
The sales of the eBook are managed by a system called DRM (Digital Rights Management). DRM is a system for protecting the copyrights for digital media. The purpose of DRM is to prevent unauthorised redistribution of digital media and restrict the ways in which consumers can copy content that they have purchased. Typically, DRM is implemented by embedding a code/digital watermark that prevents copying, and specifies a time period in which the content can be accessed or limits the number of devices that the media can be installed on.
What are the risks associated with eBooks and their digital distribution?
DRM products were developed in response to the rapid increase in online piracy of commercially marketed material, which proliferated through the widespread use of peer-to-peer file exchange programs, e.g. Torrents. Although digital content is protected by copyright laws, policing the Web and catching law-breakers is very difficult. The eBooks will be uploaded to servers of eBook retailers, e.g. Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple iBooks, etc., and the above mentioned risks exist for the eBook.
Do you have an Audio Book service currently?
Yes, we do. It is a customised service, hence it is not listed as a standard service. We can help with a quote once we understand the requirements.
If I want to provide the eBook for free, how do I do it?
The same is possible with a few eBook retailers, and can be explored via us.
We are operating the eBook listing through a distributor called Vearsa. They have a fixed charge of 15% in the sales of the book and the retailers take approximately 50 – 55%. Hence, it comes
down to 30%.
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