Frequently Asked Questions
Why is self publishing attractive for authors?
Authors like the control they get when they select Self Publishing Press. They decide each and every step, from what font to use down to when to send out a press release.
Our authors also are in control of all the costs and a knowledgeable writer can save money in the process. From the family book of memories to how-to manual, the author decides what it looks like, how many copies are printed and where it is sold.
Self Publishing Press prints only what books are "demanded," what books have been ordered, whether that is one or 100.
Our digital press allows us to eliminate costly storage and warehouse space and the possibility that we will print more books than authors sell or not enough books and have to reprint them. Digital printing techniques allow us to print the books "on-demand" saving you, the author, the warehousing fees.
As orders come rolling in, your books go rolling out … "on demand."
We recommend four standard trim sizes. For most novels, the standard novels are 5½ inches by 8½ inches; or 6 inches by 9 inches.
At Self Publishing Press, we also can produce books, which are 7 inches by 10 inches; and 8 1/8 inches by 10 7/8 inches.
Take a look at some books you like. Measure them and see their size. Try to imagine your book at that size. That may help narrow your choices.
You can print as few as one copy. We are set up to do just that; there is no "minimum" order.
Self Publishing Press offers its authors several packages, which include author copies. Other copies can be ordered through the author's eCommerce web site, which we can set up for you. It's an easy way to keep track of your sales. Your book also can be placed for sale on Amazon.com or with other retailers.
In short, the number of books you print is up to you and you can always order more at any time.
At Self Publishing Press, we register your copyright through the U.S. Copyright Office.
With the registration, everyone will know your work is protected from the time of creation until 70 years after your death.
If you want to do it yourself, more information can be found at www.copyright.gov.
The International Standard Book Number is a tool to help the book move through the order processing system by booksellers, wholesales, libraries and universities as well as distributors.
It is a 13-digit number and each set of numbers is designated for a different purpose – the book industry, the place where it was published, the company and the title of the book and its edition.
Where does the ISBN go?
The ISBN is placed on the copyright page of your book. If you do not have a bar code, it is placed on the back cover of your book.
The Self Publishing Press staff will help you obtain an ISBN number and place it correctly on your book. If you want to sell your book, we also can obtain a bar code for you. That often is vital to selling your book in stores.
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