FAQ

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 provide 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 U K, Europe and the U S A 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.

Who owns the copyright in my book?
You do, at all times. Neither we nor Amazon have any claim to the copyright in your work. You own all of the rights at all times, including the all-important film and television rights and international and translation rights. In fact, we always stress to authors that they should never sell their copyright in their work at any time. Your published book on Kindle will include a copyright symbol together with a standard paragraph asserting your rights.

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 four weeks.

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 proof-reading, book design, professional cover design (which is very important for marketing), formatting for the Kindle platform plus a detailed and comprehensive marketing strategy.

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 two 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 U S company, the retail price is set initially in U S 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 have 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 charge 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 colour pictures.

How do I get paid for book sales?
Amazon’s default payment method is by cheque, paid monthly where payments exceed £100. However, there is an option to be paid by direct bank transfer which most authors take. In this case payment is made direct into your account providing the sum is in excess of £10.

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 U K. 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 srategy 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 with your free Kindle Reading Tablet.

Can you publish a printed copy of my book?
We are being asked this question increasingly and have recently introduced an ‘add-on’ service whereby we publish printed books using Amazon’s sister site to Kindle Direct Publishing, called Createspace. 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 . There is an additional fee for this service but it seems worth it as more and more authors are asking for it. A lot of people still prefer to hold a physical copy of their books!