FAQs

Unsure about what it takes to get published at Legaia Books? Please browse our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our self-publishing in general and Legaia Books. If you have any questions about how to publish a book or submit a manuscript, please call us at 1-844-692-2665 for more information.

Publishing with Legaia Books USA

Legaia Books has helped more thousands of authors reach their publishing goals. It has published books featured in different media like Paperclips Magazine, Facebook and etc. titles since 2010.

*We’ve built our self-publishing company around you, the author, and designed a process to best help you reach your publishing goals. Throughout our AuthorCentric publishing process, you collaborate with a personal team of Legaia Books consultants to ensure your vision is translated into a custom-designed book. Our new initiatives focus on your goals as an author, gearing your manuscript to appear where you want it to appear: the bookstore, TV, radio, or even the big screen.

*Unlike some book publishers, Legaia Books USA allows you to retain all rights and control decisions around the marketing of your book. When your book is finished, it’s available for order at online book retailers worldwide including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Chapter’s Indigo.

Self-publishing is much faster than working with a traditional publisher, which often takes a year or longer. If you follow Legaia Books guidelines and submit in one of our preferred formats, you can essentially print your own book and have it be available for worldwide distribution within four months of the date we receive the manuscript.

Your book can be published in any of our formats you choose—paperback, hardcover, and electronic. In addition, you can choose to self-publish a full-color book.

You don’t need to know a lot about computers or the Internet to self-publish with us. Because Legaia Books has a robust technological infrastructure, we are able to help authors with all aspects of self-publishing a book. We will take care of all the technical aspects, while you concentrate on doing what you do best—writing! Of course, if you do have computer-related questions, our support staff is on hand to provide any answers you may need.

Get a free publishing consultation

You’ll begin the self-publishing process with an in-depth conversation with a publishing consultant to discuss your project, and then choose the services that align with your goals. From copy editing to promotional press releases, you have the flexibility to create a custom project plan for the submission, production, and promotion of your book.

You can submit your completed manuscript to us as an electronic format. Our preferred file formats are Word or Adobe InDesign. Submitting your manuscript in electronic form gives you, the author, more direct control of appearance and content. To ensure that your manuscript is ready for publishing, please review your writing carefully and complete all final revisions before submission. Although you’ll be able to review an interior and cover of your book and make revisions before it is printed, you’ll have the first copy of your book quicker if final editing is done before the publishing process.

Our book publishing company also provides indexing and copy editing services. If your book contains an index, simply send us a list of words you wish to include, and we will auto-create the index for you (there is an additional fee for this service). We cannot enter indexes by hand. You can also choose to use our copy editing services. When you do self-publishing, we recommend having your book edited to avoid embarrassing errors and typos. Our copy editors will not edit your manuscript for content or style changes.

You, as the author, have control over how to publish your novel, as well as the exact content of your book.

 

Many publishers will suggest that the author hire a literary agent before publishing a book. Often called publishing agents or book agents, literary agents will simply submit your manuscript to multiple publishers in hopes that one will take notice, buy your manuscript, and begin publishing your book. Many literary agents work on a retainer or a fee-based arrangement with no guarantees of success for your project. In other words, hiring a literary agent won’t be a guarantee that your manuscript will be picked up by traditional publishers. Some unscrupulous book-publishing agents may even charge reading fees. In fact, 98 percent of all unsolicited manuscripts submitted to traditional publishers are rejected. Here are a few things to consider before deciding to work with a book agent:

  • Literary agents can be expensive.

  • Literary agents can’t guarantee your book will be published.

  • There are no licensing requirements to become a literary agent.

  • Unscrupulous publishing agents may charge read fees.

Legaia Books is here to help you avoid all the pitfalls and headaches that are commonly associated when working with a book agent. At Legaia Books, you can bypass literary agents. You’ll have an in-depth conversation with a publishing consultant to discuss your project goals and then choose the services that align with those goals. From copy editing to promotional press & publicity, you have the flexibility to create a custom project plan for the submission, production, and promotion of your book. You ultimately have the final say on how your book should be done.

If you have been considering hiring a literary agent or contacting various literary agents and want to learn more about self-publishing your book, you owe it to yourself to contact Legaia Books.

How to Publish Your Book

You’ll begin the self publishing process with an in-depth conversation with a Publishing Consultant to discuss your project goals and then choose the services that align with your publishing goals. From copyediting to promotional press releases, you have the flexibility to create a custom project plan for the submission, production and promotion of your book.

You can’t submit your completed manuscript to us as a hard copy, because we mainly work with electronic formats (e-mail attachments). Submitting your manuscript in electronic form gives you, the author, more direct control of appearance and content. It is also much less expensive for you than submitting paper copies. In some cases, your manuscript will have to be resized from the margins in your word processing program to fit within your book size. We will take care of this and renumber the pages and table of contents during the book design process.

Three sizes of books are available for black and white printing- 5 x 8 inches, 6 x 9 inches, or 8.25 x 11 inches. Our production staff will work with you to determine the best size for your book. If your book will be available in hardcover (always 6 x 9 inches), your paperback will be formatted as a 6 x 9” as well. The book will be in quality trade paperback and/or hardcover format (your choice), with a full-color, glossy and laminated cover. The interior pages will be printed on high quality paper, and interior images will be black and white, unless you choose our color printing option, which allows for up to 50 color images inside your book. Legaia Books will design an attractive front cover at no additional cost to you. If you choose to have your own artist to design a front cover for you, we will provide you with design specifications.

Throughout our AuthorCentric publishing process, you collaborate with a personal team of publishing consultants to ensure your vision is translated into a custom-designed book. Our publishing consultants provide advice for you to reach your publishing goals while you maintain creative control. You decide what is best for the project, and we design the book around your ideas and goals.

  • Once we have received all of your materials, we learn about your vision for the project before we begin to work on your book. After reviewing your manuscript, the book designer and cover designer will collaborate with you to choose the most attractive and readable design for your genre. We will design your book interior and cover and send you a galley proof to review.

  • As soon as you return the galley to us, we’ll make any revisions you request and, if necessary, send you a second galley. This process will continue until you approve all content within your book. Once you have approved the galley and cover, we’ll place your book on our printer’s production schedule.

  • Your book is turned into an electronic computer file that contains all the content – words, pictures, tables, and other elements, including formatting specifications. From this file, we can generate books in a wide range of formats: hardcover and paperback books, downloadable electronic books and eBooks. The entire process is based on new print on demand technology, so every book made with us uses online book printing–every copy is actually an original, with no loss of quality, even after thousands of copies. At every stage in the process, our unique author center allows you to check on the progress of your book by simply visiting our website.

Legaia Books USA will provide a unique ISBN number for your book at no extra charge. An ISBN, which stands for International Standard Book Number, is a standardized number used by publishers and booksellers to distinguish individual books. A book search by ISBN will contain identifiers for a book’s language, along with a unique publisher’s code and an individual title code used to distribute and order your title at booksellers across the world.

Once your manuscript has entered the production process, Legaia Books will assign an ISBN for each version of your book. For example, if you elect to publish your title as a hardcover and as a paperback, each version will receive a unique ISBN so booksellers can distinguish between the two when they search for your books.

Your unique ISBN will be listed on the copyright page at the front of your book. In addition, your ISBN will be incorporated into a bar code on your book’s back cover. This bar code prepares your book to be sold by retail booksellers, and guarantees your self-published title can be ordered from any bookseller in the world.

As of January 1, 2007, new ISBN’s were upgraded from 10 to 13 digits to accommodate growth in the publishing industry. All Legaia Books USA titles published before 2007 were updated from a 10-digit to a 13-digit ISBN, while all new Legaia Books USA titles automatically receive a 13-digit ISBN.

Many writers self-publishing a book with Legaia Books have questions about how print on demand publishing and book technology works. Often referred to as “online book printing” or “on demand book publishing,” print on demand technology is exactly as it sounds, a fulfillment model that prints books based on their demand. Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding print on demand technology:

On demand book printing has eliminated many of the financial barriers to becoming a published author. Legaia Books is harnessing this technology to offer low-cost publishing options that include the design, printing, and distribution of quality books. Legaia Books gives authors creative control and ensures that each author’s vision is translated into a high-quality printed product. Authors can also determine the quantity of books printed and choose the selling price of the book, options that are not offered by traditional publishers.

Print on demand book technology is a modern digital printing technology that allows books to be printed to match market demand. This technology enables publishers to print both paperback and hardcover books “on demand” as orders are received, rather than doing large print runs that sit in warehouses. Print on demand publishing helps reduce costs by supplying books specific to each bookseller’s order. Legaia Books uses this technology to offer high-quality book printing to aspiring authors with no big up-front costs.

The development of the personal computer revolutionized nearly every industry, and book publishing is no exception. Until the late 1980s, professional printing was done on large presses using printing plates. Pre-press work required printing plates for each spread within a book, which were then used for offset print runs. With the advent of desktop publishing and digital printing, pre-press work is now completed with digital assets. As printers are now capable of working from digital files prepared by Legaia Books, the amount of time spent preparing each book for online printing is drastically reduced compared to offset printing.

Using revolutionary technology, an on demand book printer can print and bind up to 800 pages a minute!

Originally, as new technology developed, experimentation with printing techniques produced books that varied in quality. On demand book publishing technology has continuously been refined over the past 10 years, and book quality has improved dramatically. Although paper weight and color vary by individual book, those printed using on demand printing technology are indistinguishable from other books. Legaia Books always feature full-color covers, clean graphics, and easy-to-read text. While the quality remains the same, print on demand publishing methods require no up-front printing costs.

Once an order is placed for a book, whether it is a single copy ordered through the Amazon bookstore or an order for 50 books from a retailer, the order is sent to the book printer. The printer is then able to print and bind the entire order in one run. Our U.S. distributors, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, work hand-in-hand with the printer to deliver the final product to the customer (in this case your local bookstore). This entire process happens in the same amount of time it takes to ship books sitting in a warehouse.

In an effort to reduce costs and better control inventory, many small presses and academic publishers have replaced their printing presses with on demand printing technology. POD is not a business model, so any publishing company can utilize POD technology to more exactly match its supply with market demand.

When you approach a self-publishing company, you do away with hassles such as literary agents and having to print your own book – we do this for you. This convenience starts with our publishing process and continues all the way until your book reaches the bookstore.

Many bookstores don’t stock new titles because they don’t want to be stuck with unsold inventory. But booksellers are more likely to stock your book if it’s returnable. At Legaia Books, we give you the option of making your self-published book returnable.

If you choose to participate in the Booksellers Return Program, your book will be classified as returnable in both Ingram’s and Baker & Taylor’s title databases, and bookstores can order your title with the ability to return any unsold copies. You will continue, however, to receive your full royalty on every purchase.

This program supports your marketing efforts and makes your book more attractive to book sellers and retailers. Because most titles offered by other self-publishing companies are not returnable, this program gives Legaia Books authors a distinct advantage when selling and promoting their book.

Content Evaluation

Content evaluation is the process in which Legaia Books assesses your manuscript to ensure that it meets our standards for publishing. We review manuscripts and materials for copyright, libel and content that contains sex and/or drug paraphernalia.

We perform content evaluations on all books to maintain a standard of publishing for our authors’ work and to identify areas in your manuscript that could potentially put you at copyright and/or libel risk.

The duration of your content evaluation can fluctuate depending on the length and subject matter of your book, as well as the number of other manuscripts we have queued for evaluation.

We review manuscripts and materials for:

  • Text and images which are not created and/or owned by the author

  • Statements or information which reveal private information about a living person and/or could negatively reflect a living person’s reputation

  • Content that includes sex and drug paraphernalia

U.S. Copyright protection attaches immediately and automatically as soon as you fix the work in question in a tangible form. That tangible form might be a printed manuscript, but computer disks (or even your computer hard drive) can also be considered tangible forms. Registering a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office creates a public record of the basic information of your book.

U.S. Copyright protection is secured upon creation of your work and provides you the right to stop another person from using your work without permission. U.S. Copyright registration is secured when material is officially registered with the U.S. government. Having your material officially registered with the U.S. Copyright office allows you to take legal action to recover a monetary value if someone uses your work illegally.

In most cases, any picture, material, text, information, quote, map, song or illustration that you personally did not create is U.S. Copyright protected by the person who created and/or published the material. Any text or pictures found in a book, magazine or newspaper is U.S. Copyright protected by the publisher, artist, photographer or another individual. Most information found on the Internet is U.S. Copyright protected.

No. A citation will not protect you in a court of law in a U.S. Copyright case. You must obtain and keep written permission from the U.S. Copyright holder.

In order to obtain permission, you can contact the original U.S. Copyright holder and explain what work you wish to use and for what purpose. In order to not be held liable in a lawsuit you must request and obtain written permission from the copyright holder to use the material in publication.

Under U.S. copyright law, your self published work is protected as soon as you put the pen to paper. Copyright is based on your creative authorship and is not dependent on any formal agreement with a book publisher or self publishing company, although registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is beneficial.

Copyright Registration allows you, as a self published author, a higher level of security and confidence when it comes to protecting your work. When you register your work with the U.S. Copyright office, you create a public record of your authorship. Even though you are protected from the moment you start writing, you’ll have to register your work with the Copyright Office to be officially recognized as the copyright holder in a court of law.

At Legaia Books, a self publishing company, we understand the amount of work you’ve put into your book publishing project, and ensure that you retain all rights to the content of your book throughout the self publishing process. We place your name where it belongs, right next to the copyright symbol on the first page of your published book. As the copyright owner, you also own the foreign rights to your book.

Legaia Books provides the ability for authors to register a book with the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Legaia Books will complete all the necessary forms and send a copy of your book for cataloging in the U.S. Copyright Office. Once the government has processed your application, the copyright registration is sent directly to you.
  • Legaia Books authors can also choose to have a Library of Congress Control Number assigned to their book. The Library of Congress number is assigned during the publishing process, and will be included on the copyright page in your book. Legaia Books will complete all the paper work and send a copy of your book to the Library of Congress.
  • Legaia Books issues every book an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The ISBN is unique to your book, allowing retailers to easily locate your title in their databases.
  • At Legaia Books, you receive quarterly royalties on each and every purchase of your book, whether it is bought directly from the Legaia Books Bookstore or online book retailers worldwide including Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

By offering self published authors these services, Legaia Books guarantees that its authors have the highest level of copyright protection available. That’s a right we think you’ve more than earned.

 

How to Publish an E-book

E-books have revolutionized the way that many of us read our favorite literary works. We no longer have to lug around all of our favorite reads because now we can simply download them on our laptops, e-book reading devices and even our cell phones. It was estimated that in August of 2009, there were more than 2 million free e-books available for download. It was also estimated that 3-3.3 million Kindles were sold in 2009*. And as of October 2010, an estimated 8.25 million iPads have sold since the device’s launch in April 2010. With the growing popularity of e-books and e-book readers, authors have another way to get their books to the public.

If you’re thinking about self-publishing a book, you can’t go wrong with e-book publishing. Digital publishing costs can be much lower than traditional book publishing costs. This makes the process more affordable for authors and also makes it possible for them to get their works out to a much wider audience.

E-books come in a number of formats. One popular e-book format is the Portable Document File, or PDF. This format is highly-compatible and can be viewed on PCs, Macs or directly on the Web with Adobe Reader. Another format is EPub. This format is an open standard for e-books, and books with this format can be viewed on a number of e-reading devices. HTML e-books can only be viewed through computers or mobile devices that can connect to the Internet; and TXT e-book files are those that are displayed in plain text and are very small in size.

Legaia Books is a leading provider of e-book publishing services. Contact us today to learn more about our Digital Formatting and Distribution services and to find out how you can get started self-publishing your book.

Your book is a true labor of love. You’ve put your best effort into it for months (or maybe even years). You’re extremely proud of the final product and are ready to share it with the world. If you think publishing an e-book is a great way to do so, then Legaia Books is the place for you.

There are a number of book publishing companies out there making e-books. The key is finding the one that can help you accomplish your self-publishing goals. Here are a few things you should look into before deciding on an e-book publisher:

Check out the quality

Before you trust a company with one of your most prized possessions, take a look at their finished works—do they know how to publish a novel properly? Purchase and download one of their e-books and see how well it’s formatted and edited. Observe the quality of the download as well. If you’re not impressed by what you see, keep searching!

Consider the publishing experience

Let’s say you’ve downloaded a book from the publisher you’re thinking about working with and you like what you’ve seen so far. Before you commit, it never hurts to investigate further. Look up the company’s Better Business Bureau record. Ask other authors about their experiences with that company. Check out a few self-publishing blogs. If someone has left positive or negative feedback about that company, get in contact with them and see if they can give you more details about their experience, and then follow up with a company representative. It also doesn’t hurt to do a Google search for additional reviews.

Find out if you can keep your rights

Unlike Legaia Books, some e-book publishers don’t let you keep full ownership of your work. This is not good for an indie author like you, because loss of copyright limits what you can do with your work in the future (as well as who could cut into your profits.) For example, if someone wants to adapt your book into a screenplay, and the production companies are ready to purchase it, your publishing company will get the profits from the sale. That’s why it’s always better to work with an e-book publisher that lets you retain the rights to your work.

For e-book publishing without the hassle, trust Legaia Books self-publishing solutions. Contact us today for more information about our services.

 

Books come in many different shapes and sizes. Lightweight paperbacks provide easy transport, while hardbound books round out personal libraries. At the same time, e-books are steadily becoming much more popular. E-books can be published in a variety of formats, and Legaia Books can transform your book into any of them.

Here are just a few of the most common e-book publishing formats available to

.epub

The EPub format is an open standard for e-books that was established by the International Digital Publishing Forum. This format is based on XHTML and XML, and is a popular format choice for a wide range of devices. When you take advantage of Legaia Book`s e-book publishing service, your book will be available in this format, which is compatible with Barnes and Noble’s nook, Kobo, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, and the Google Play Books.

.mobi/ .prc

This format, an open e-book standard that uses XHTML, JavaScript and frames, is for Mobipocket e-books. The files can be viewed with many PDAs and smartphones. At Legaia Books, we generate this format so that your e-book is available for Kindle e-readers at Amazon.com.

.pdf

This format stands for “Portable Document Format.” The PDF format was created by Adobe Systems and is highly compatible with PCs, Macs and Linux systems. PDF files can also be viewed directly on the Web with Adobe Reader. With our e-book publishing option, PDF e-books are available for purchase at Legaia Book’s Bookstore, as well as distributed on major e-book retail sites, such as ebookmall.com .

If you’ve ever wondered how to find a publisher that knows the ins and outs of e-books, trust Legaia Book’s self-publishing solutions. We provide hassle-free options, keep you in control, and ultimately help you reach your goals. Contact us today for more information.

There are many e-book publishing devices on the market today. Sometimes it’s hard to know which one does what. If you’re confused about publishing an e-book, how electronic readers work, or how the different e-readers compare, Legaia Books is here to help. Here’s a little more information about some popular e-book reading devices:

Amazon Kindle

The first version of the Amazon Kindle was released back in November 2007. Since then, three generations of the device have come out. The original Kindle features a 6-inch, 4-level grayscale display and has 250 MB of internal memory, enough to hold 200 non-illustrated e-books. The Kindle DX was released in the summer of 2009. This version of the Kindle has a larger screen and is the slimmest version of the device. The Kindle DX supports PDF files and has an accelerometer that allows users to smoothly rotate pages between landscape and portrait layouts. The Kindle has software applications for Windows, BlackBerry, Mac OS X and Android.

Barnes and Noble Nook

The Barnes and Noble Nook was released in November 2009. The Nook can access Barnes and Noble’s large library of e-books, and can also be used to read periodicals. The Nook has a 6-inch black and white E Ink display and a color touch screen, as well as WiFi and 3G connectivity. The Nook uses an Android-based operating system.

The Apple iPad

The Apple iPad was released in April 2010 and by the following September, it was reported that 7.5 million of them had been sold. The iPad is Apple’s wireless tablet computer. It was marketed as a platform for both audio and visual media. Apple offers an iBooks app which gives readers access to thousands of books*. The device also uses WiFi or a 3G mobile data connection. The iPad has a 10-inch liquid crystal touch screen display, and uses the same operating system as the iPod Touch and iPhone.

*To meet submission standards, please review your manuscript thoroughly to ensure spelling accuracy and correct rendering of any diacritical mark such as tilde, caret, acute accent, or the like. Books written in languages other than Spanish or English are not submitted to iBooks Store due to Apple formatting restrictions. We are currently still trying to work with Apple to resolve this issue.

The Kobo eReader

The Kobo eReader is Border’s contribution to the e-book reading device market. It was released in May of 2010 and is smaller than the Nook and second generation Kindle. The Kobo has a 6-inch screen and can display eight shades of gray. It even comes loaded with 100 classic titles. The Kobo eReader can access more than a million books and supports ePub, Adobe and PDF files.

For hassle-free e-book publishing, trust Legaia Book’s self-publishing solutions. Contact us today for more information about our e-book services.

E-book FAQs

An e-book, or electronic book, is a digital format or a soft copy of a printed book. It makes a traditional book readable through various electronic devices like computers, portable readers, PDAs, mobile gadgets, phones and more with the help of various e-book reading software.

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There is no set turnaround time for e-book conversion and production. We work on a first-come, first-served basis. Rest assured, however, that we are committed to helping all our authors get their e-books out there in a timely manner so they can tap into the continuously-growing market of e-book readers as quickly as possible.

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Legaia Books USA recognizes that e-publishing is an important market for ourselves, and our authors, to branch into. For this reason, we have decided to offer free e-book conversion to help our authors reach as many potential readers as possible. This initiative may change in the future, but at this time, we would like to facilitate the entrance of as many titles as possible into the e-book market.

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All authors who have purchased publishing packages that did not have e-book availability are qualified for the digital conversion project.

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Absolutely nothing. We are converting all titles that were published under a Legaia Books Packages which did not include the e-book format as part of that package. We will email you once your book has been converted into a digital format.

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You can email info@legaiabooks.com. Due to the high volume of messages that we receive, please bear with us if you experience a slight delay in our response.

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The e-book Customer Service Team entertains questions regarding e-book conversion and status update requests.

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The e-book conversion covers books published by Legaia Books USA.

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There is no set turnaround time for e-book channel submission or distribution. We work on a first-come, first-served basis. Rest assured, however, that we are committed to helping all our authors get their e-books to all the relevant retailers in a timely manner so they can tap into the continuously-growing market of e-book readers as quickly as possible.

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We do not provide a set list of channels as we work with multiple partners and each partner maintains a very dynamic list within its network.

While we submit your e-book to as many channels possible, please understand that each channel or retailer reserves the right to refuse listing.

Among our list of vendors are Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten Kobo Inc., and Google Play Books. There is no guarantee though that your eBook will appear on each of these sites. To see where your e-book is being sold please use a search engine to see which vendors are carrying your e-book.

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No. Legaia Books USA e-books will be distributed to as many vendors as possible within our network, including future partnerships that we and our partners acquire. It is then at the vendors’ discretion whether or not they list the e-book titles we submit to them.

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Yes, your e-book will have a separate ISBN.

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No. It will be provided for each converted e-book.

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The royalty for e-books is 50% of the net payments received by Legaia Books USA.

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All e-books have a default price of $3.99. Pricing changes will not be entertained.

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Yes, the format will change for the e-book subject to technical limitations. Its version is not the same as the printed version. Therefore, differences in appearance are to be expected. For example, not all font types are supported by all e-book readers. Our team of able developers will take the liberty of picking font types that will work for most readers in the market.

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No, all changes, if any at all, will only be done on the e-book file and not on the original and actual file.

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No, the e-book does not require a password.

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Unfortunately, we are not able to entertain post-publication/resubmission correction updates at this time due to the large volume of work to be processed.

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Your digital work or e-book is protected by the same laws that protect your printed book.
As for DRM or Digital Rights Management, our vendors exercise their individual prerogatives to further protect your e-book.

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Yes, Legaia Books USA e-books are supported by, and are compatible with, most e-book readers across all platforms. This includes, but is not limited to, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Amazon Kindle, and BN Nook.

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Legaia Books USA offers conversion and distribution to authors who purchase any Legaia Books publishing package at absolutely no extra cost.

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Offset Printing

Offset printing is a method of mass-production printing in which digital book files are converted into film negatives that are used to etch the pages of a book into custom metal plates. After ink is added to the plates, large rollers pick up the ink from the plates and then transfer it to paper. Offset printing is commonly used in traditional publishing, allowing authors to print their books in bulk. Typically we use Print-On-Demand (POD) fulfillment, where books are printed one at a time after each book order is placed.

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  • More design and print flexibility. You’ll have more options than what is supported through POD printing, such as the following:

    • The ability to print at a higher resolution, meaning sharper and cleaner book covers and interior type than POD because of the printing tools used.

    • Additional cover and paper stock options, such as gloss- or matte-coated paper stock.

    • Additional trim size and design options (example: embossed text on the front cover).

  • Lower author price. Each book costs less for the author to print when compared to POD. The cost to print each offset is individually quoted depending on volume and the book’s specs.

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There are several reasons why some of our authors choose offset printing. If you’re considering offset printing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have special print requirements—such as unique formats, paper options, binding or cover treatments—that are not supported or available through POD?
  • Do you have a large reach and ability to process a large number of orders? Do you want the opportunity to sell a large number of books directly to customers?
  • Do you want to lower your print cost to increase your return on books you sell?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, offset printing might be right for you. Call your Publishing Consultant to discuss your options.

 

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Offset publishing is certainly not for all authors, as most are satisfied with the POD advantages. Offset publishing requires a large upfront investment that authors may not wish to spend, and it does not guarantee that bookstores will pick up your book.

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Yes. To benefit financially from your offset investment, we suggest that you plan to print a minimum of 1,500 units. Please contact your Publishing Consultant for more information.

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The cost of offset printing is quoted on a case-by-case basis, depending on your book’s format and the volume you wish to print. Please contact your Publishing Consultant for more information.

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Custom Illustrations

In self-publishing, you the author are the publisher. One of the advantages of self-publishing is that you maintain total control of the content in your book, you are the owner and the director. And as such, it is your responsibility to supply us with the ideas and concepts for your illustrations. No one knows your story and its characters and settings better than you. If you have questions about the CI form, please contact your Author Assistant for assistance.

Your Author Assistant Coordinator handles all communication surrounding your illustration project and acts as a liaison between you and your illustrator. We have found that it is a more productive use of time and talent to have the illustrators creating full-time, as it maximizes productivity and helps us maintain a high level of organization and author satisfaction.

It all depends on the length of the manuscript. A more effective way for the illustrator to reference a manuscript with more than 3,000 words is for you to highlight or pull excerpts from your manuscript for the illustrator to use as a resource for creating the art.

Company policy dictates that all changes to illustrations must be submitted in writing. We accept written changes through e-mail, attachments via e-mail, by fax, or through tCustom Illustrationitional mail. These should be addressed and sent directly to your Author Assistant.

Should you have any revisions or changes related to the illustration service that you purchased, please note that you will incur additional charges/costs.

  1. Once we receive your completed CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION form, it is reviewed by the Art Director and assigned to the artist who best fits your project parameters.
  2. Within 2 to 3 weeks, you will receive copies of your initial sketches for your review. (This is the best time to make revisions to your illustrations.
  3. If you request revisions to sketches, your project is put back into a queue in the order it was received and will take 2 weeks for completion. (You are limited to 2 rounds of complimentary revisions at sketch stage.Sketch revisions are limited, depending on the complexity and time required to make such changes. For example, changing the length of a character’s hair or adding or deleting a character or item in a scene constitutes reasonable sketch revisions. Starting over with a completely new concept does not, and is considered a brand new illustration, and you will incur a 1-hour charge to completely create an entirely new sketch. Hourly Illustration fee is $79.
  4. Once we receive your approval to go to final art, it will then take approximately 4 weeks to complete your final illustrations.
  5. You will then receive copies of your completed illustrations for review. You will be required to sign an approval form for us to move you on to book production. (You are limited to 1 round of complimentary color revisions at final art stage.

If you want to make revisions to final art beyond color modifications, you will incur additional charges to make those changes or may be required to purchase a completely new illustration. We reserve the right to make that determination based on your requested changes

On average, your illustration project will be completed in 6 to 12 weeks. However, more time may be needed as deemed necessary by the artist, Art Director, and/or you, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Creating custom artwork can be a very complex and time-consuming process and we want to ensure that the end product is of the highest quality for our authors.

The illustration process is separate from the production of the galley and cover, and those stages will begin once your illustrations have been completed and approved.

The purchase of Rapid Release services is only relevant to the interior production of your book, and does not apply to illustration timelines.

If I have a series of books I want to publish and they all have illustrations, what is that process and timelines?

Unless you want a different artist and different style of illustrations for each of your books, it is our current policy to work on one book at a time. This minimizes confusion for both the author and the illustrator and maximizes the quality and consistency of the illustrations from one to book to the next.

 

  • Custom Cover Design is included in the price of the standard publishing contract and is designed by one of our graphic designers using images and/or photographs either from our stock image site or with author-supplied images. Since stock images are available for purchase by multiple users, there is a chance that a stock image used on your cover will appear in some other print media. (Your Custom Cover can be designed using up to 2 images from our stock image site, free of charge. Additional images may be purchased as needed.) As an alternative to the Custom Cover Design, you are permitted to use any of the illustrations we have created for the interior of your book on your cover.

  • Custom Cover Illustration is an “add on” service that may be purchased in addition to the standard publishing package. It is an original work of art created exclusively for you by one of our in-house illustrators and will never be used by or sold to anyone else for use.

  • Personal Touch -L1 illustrations are drawn by hand and consist of simple, clean line art (similar to coloring book art) and then colored digitally with one-dimensional solid colors. Contains no shading or highlights

  • Fine Detail -L2 illustrations are drawn by hand and consist of medium-detail line art and then colored digitally with some minimal shading and highlighting for a bit more of a three-dimensional look.

  • Intricate Design -L3 art is created by hand with a higher level of detail in the line art and has high levels of shading, highlighting, and blending for a three-dimensional look. This is the only level where the art can be colored either digitally or with a watercolor or colored pencil look.

  • Custom Quote –L4 For authors who are looking for highly rendered illustrations above and beyond our level 3 Intricate Design Services. These illustrations include hand-drawn or painted art in any one of these media: Acrylics, highly detailed watercolors and very detailed pastels or charcoal and any type of three-dimensional Disney Pixar level of detail. This is a special product offering that requires a custom quote by our Art Director prior to the sale of these services.

”Premium” denotes the amount of services included in the packages. Not all premium packages include illustrations, but the two that do include only level 1 Personal Touch Illustrations. You do have the option to purchase an upgCustom Illustratione to the level 1 illustrations. Your Publishing Consultant can assist you in that transaction.

  • Juvenile/Whimsical: Very sweet, cute styles.
    Some examples of these styles would include Dora the Explorer, Arthur the Aardvark, Winnie the Pooh and Fancy Nancy. This category and Cartoon/Humor can sometimes overlap. (Examples would be some of the Disney art or Olivia the Pig. This style of art can be cute and whimsical, yet sort of humorous.)

  • Cartoon/Humor: Humorous and funny.
    Some examples of this style would include Looney Toons (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc), Hanna Barbera (The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo etc.) or Spongebob Squarepants. Caricatures would fall under this category too.

  • Fantasy Style: This style would be more of a mythical-type style.
    Examples would include superhero/comic books (Superman, Batman, etc.), Manga, Dungeons and Dragons, or even Harry Potter book cover art.

  • Science Fiction: Star Wars, X-Men, and Transformers.

  • Naturalistic: Reproducing a simple likeness or similar characteristics of people, objects or animals or actual historical events, etc. Closer to a more realistic rendition.

A single illustration that spans from one page across the fold to the facing page as a continuous scene is known as a DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD. A double page spread constitutes two (2) illustrations, and must be purchased as such.

Illustration services that are part of a package cannot be exchanged for other publishing services.

Book Marketing

The Booksellers Return Program ensures retailers that they can return unsold copies of your book for a complete refund. Your book will be designated as “Returnable” in Ingram’s ipage ordering system for retailers and libraries. (Ingram is the world’s largest wholesaler and distributor of books.)

Legaia Books USA has developed the Booksellers Return Program to help your book meet industry retail standards for stocking and be provided the opportunity to be more competitive in the marketplace.

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Yes, you will not be charged back for royalties earned on the sales to the store if your books are returned.

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Your book will be designated on ipage within two to seven weeks. It can then take 30 to 60 days for returnability status to appear within individual retailers’ systems. Confirmation of your title’s listing in ipage is available upon your request.

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The initial period is 1 year, once listed at Ingram. If you want to opt in to the returnability program for more than one year, you can choose the Booksellers Return Program Renewal to extend this service for another year.

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Yes, you will not be charged back for royalties earned on the sales to the store if your books are returned.

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Booksellers return unsold books to the wholesaler from whom they made the purchase.

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Books are sent from the store retailer to Ingram and then recycled into cardboard or paper products

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By making your books returnable, the Booksellers Return Program helps your book reach common retailer standards for stocking, but does not guarantee that it will be ordered or stocked. Bookstores are businesses; it is the prerogative of bookstore owners and managers as to what books to order and display on their shelves.

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Ingram Content Group is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of books. Legaia Books USA uses Ingram Content Group for the distribution of all titles.

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Royalties

Here’s an overview of what you need to know about how royalties are calculated. You earn royalties every time a book is printed to fulfill a new customer order place on Amazon.com, Amazon’s European websites, your Legaia Books USA Sales, or through sales channels offered with Expanded Distribution. A royalty is calculated based on the list price you set for the location where your book is printed. Our printer, distributors and shipping take their share (which is comprised of a percentage of the list price for each sales channel, the fixed charged and per page charged based on the print location) from the list price and the rest is your royalty earned. Meaning, you get 100% royalty from all the books your title sells.

You will receive your royalty every 20th day of a quarter. There is also a threshold of $100 before we send the royalty to you.

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