Before you self-publish your book, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions: to whom is your book addressed? How do you plan to reach your readership? How many books do you think will sell?

Many authors tend to overestimate the number of books they’ll need, because larger print orders fetch lower print costs per book. More often than not, this is the wrong approach.

Contact us if you need advice.

How do I set the sale price of my book?

A good place to start is in your local bookstore. Peruse the isles and see how much other books in the same genre as yours are going for. Keep in mind that sale price can vary significantly based on your book’s format and page count (the bigger the book, the more you can charge).

Print cost will also greatly affect the sale price of your book. Contact us for an estimate.

Why do you suggest a sale price in your submissions?

Once your book is listed on our online bookstore, booksellers (that is, bookstore owners) can purchase your book online. In Canada, booksellers are entitled to a 40% discount on book purchases. This is why we recommend that authors set their sale price to at least double their unit print cost. This guarantees that you’ll make at least 10% royalties on discounted book sales. For regular book sales, the royalties will rise to 50%.

Contact us to learn more.

How do I get an ISBN?

Getting an ISBN is quick and easy in Canada. It’s also free. Learn how to create an account with ISBN Canada and acquire your ISBN by reading our blog article on Getting an ISBN. If you’d rather not deal with this yourself, we can take care of it for you. It costs 70$ and we’ll take care of getting you an ISBN as well as the legal deposit of your book at Library and Archives Canada.

Once we’ve received your print-ready files, we start by printing a proof copy of your book. It normally takes 3 days for the proof to be made, and if you need it delivered to you it’ll take another 1-2 business days to reach you. Once you’ve taken the time to carefully verify your proof copy and have given us the go-ahead, we’ll print your books in 4 business days. Shipping again takes 1-2 days. From start to finish, it takes about 2 weeks for your book to be made.

When are my royalties paid to me?

If you have a Paypal account, we can pay you your royalties every month. If you don’t have a Paypal account, you’ll receive your royalties by cheque twice per year (January and July).
Contact us to know more.

When do I pay you for my books?

For orders under 1,000$, we do not require an advance deposit. We’ll also deliver your proof copy without requiring payment. This allows you to end the agreement without losing money if you aren’t satisfied with the quality of the proof copy. Once the order is confirmed, we request payment prior to delivery of your books.

The print cost of your book depends mostly on two things: the page count (which in turn depends on the word count and layout of your book), and whether your book is colour or black and white. Contact us and we’ll provide you with a print quote within a few hours.

How much does it cost to have my book edited?

It isn’t as expensive as you may think. The cost for editing a manuscript depends on the length of the manuscript and the quality of the writing. You’ll need to get a free quote to know how much your book will cost to edit. It’s up to you whether or not you want to have your book edited prior to its design, though most of the books we produce pass through the hands of an editor.

How much does it cost to layout and design my book?

It all depends on the page count of your manuscript, the complexity of the design (footnotes, images, tables, etc.), and the extent of work to be done for your cover page. Request a quote, it’s free.

How do I track my books sales on your online bookstore?

You can now track your book sales and royalties in real time via your personal clientspace.

Got all the answers you were looking for? Get started today by requesting a free quote for your book.

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