1. I’m considering self-publishing. Why should I choose hybrid-indie publishing with IndieGo Publishing instead?
We believe that we are the best book publisher for self-publishing independent authors because we do it all. This frees you to concentrate on writing. Each major book retailer/distributor has different, specific, and often confusing guidelines for how they want your manuscript to be formatted, not only the interior of the book but the cover as well. While this is not impossible for an author to do, it is extremely time consuming, not to mention it requires establishing a publisher’s account with each retailer/distributor. IndieGo Publishing does all that for you, but we never leave you out of the process. We communicate with you from beginning to end. Another vital aspect of publishing under the umbrella of INDIEGO PUBLISHING is when booksellers see your paperback in Ingram’s wholesale catalog and online ordering system, they can also see all the other books published by INDIEGO; thus, your book is not standing out there alone, as it would if you self-published. You benefit from being published by an actual independent publisher that publishes titles for several authors, not just you. We also have access to many publishing services and promotional options through our membership with IBPA.
2. Will I retain the copyright of the books I publish through IndieGo Publishing?
Yes, you will retain the copyright. The copyright page of your book will show:
Book Title Copyright © 2018 Author’s Name
Published in the United States of America by INDIEGO PUBLISHING LLC
3. What are your editing rates?
I love editing and have perfected manuscripts for independent authors since 2005. If you only need me to edit your manuscript, I will be glad to sign an agreement that states IndieGo Publishing will not publish your book or in any way sell your work. EDITING RATE: I believe in using a per-word editing rate since the words are being edited, not the pages or hours. I’ve found in my extensive experience that this produces the fairest rate to the author and the editor. Most manuscripts are based on a two-cents-per-word rate because I do three rounds of editing. Here is a sample of how the math is calculated: 50,000-word book x $.02 per word = $1,000 payable in two installments, the first half to launch the editing process, and the second half paid when I have edited to the halfway point in your book and have gone over your revisions. If you need me to proofread your manuscript after I have edited it, I will do that for $.01 per word, which will include making a beta reader advance read copy as a watermarked pdf, and inputting any small corrections that your beta readers might find.
4. What is the cost of your publishing package?
We charge a flat $2599 for all of these publishing services. We are certain that you won’t find a better deal with any other independent or self-publishing firm and still receive the personal attention, quality, and excellence that we are known for at INDIEGO PUBLISHING. This rate includes a very long list of products, services, promotions, and marketing initiatives, all of which have a cost in actual dollars and time. If you paid for each of these services individually, you would spend double the cost of our publishing package. However, if you want to self-publish your book and only need to hire us to provide certain publishing services, we are happy to build a custom package for you.
5. How/when will you pay my royalties?
You will earn your CreateSpace-Kindle royalties directly from Amazon because you will upload your book files to them through your own account. We will guide you through this process. Most of the royalties an author earns are through these sales channels. Of the monies paid to INDIEGO PUBLISHING for wholesale purchases of your book from booksellers, libraries, and organizations through Ingram Book Group, we will pay you 50%. The 50% we keep is to cover our ongoing costs to keep your book active in Ingram’s worldwide distribution stream from year to year, and it’s also because these are wholesale purchases at a 50% discount, not retail sales. Our percentage also covers any small amounts of work we do for you on an ongoing basis to help you build your brand as an author.
6. Do you have a paid referral program?
If you refer an author to us who pays for any of our services, whether editing and/or publishing, we will send you a 3% referral fee as a way to say thank you after all services have been paid in full. If the author brings us repeat business, we will pay you this bonus for the first book only (not to infinity and beyond!) 🙂
7. What kind of publishing contract do you offer?
We offer a non-exclusive publishing agreement, which means you are not trapped. You will always retain copyright; you are not locked in permanently; and after your book is published, you can cancel at any time with thirty days’ written notice. We also provide an editing agreement for each book we edit. These agreements will be provided to initiate each process, editing and/or publishing.
8. About how long does the editing/publishing process usually take from beginning to end?
On average, to set realistic expectations, it takes about 3-4 months altogether to do the following: edit and proofread the manuscript and incorporate your revisions; send it to your beta readers and await their feedback; have the book cover designed; have the interior book designed and typeset; obtain the Library of Congress number and Cataloging-in-Publication information; assign ISBNs and metadata, as well as choose keywords; ebook formatting; publishing with Ingram Book Group to establish wholesale distribution; publishing with Kindle-CreateSpace; starting and running ads on Amazon; and establishing early promotion on LinkedIn and other websites. I stay in very close email communication with my authors throughout the entire process so you’re never left in the dark or wondering what stage your book is at in the process. Please keep in mind that preparing a book for publication is a detailed, many-steps, creative process that needs to be done right one time the first time. 🙂
For more information, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to start your book publishing journey today! We want to work with you if you are serious about your book publishing goals, and you are committed and motivated to do your part to enhance your success and build your brand as an author.