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.
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!
How does the quality of a book published on demand compare to books that are printed on an offset press?
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.
My local bookstore wants to order 20 copies of my book. How will the books get from the printer to their receiving room?
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.
Please note: Due to the nature and complexity of the legal system, Legaia Books does not claim to have intimate knowledge of the specific details regarding legal questions. For more detailed information about legal and U.S. Copyright concerns, speak to a local attorney or visit www.copyright.gov for more information.