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supported self-publishing $480 USD

You keep ownership of everything but have access to our expertise. You get quality print options without requiring upfront investment. You have the little details handled properly without needing to become an expert. You receive 100% of your royalties without needing to lift a finger. Our platform is the modern, smart way to print and sell your book and that's why we call it smart-publishing.

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about this service

Once we have designed your book and cover, what next? If you want an easy way to sell your title but one where you still call the shots, then our platform is the right option for you. Smart-publishing gives you:

  • Quality printing without the investment. This is print-on-demand. That means no stock, no investment, no warehousing, no waste. When a copy of your book is sold, it is printed and shipped directly to the customer. We work with a POD partner that provides top quality production in the widest range of trim sizes, colors, papers and binding types so we can ensure your files really print at their best.
  • Total control with advice when you need it. For every book sold you keep 100% of your royalties. This is your book, your words, your content. We claim no rights to anything and you can cease publication at any time. The essential sales decisions are also all up to you. You choose your sales price and your discount - but our experts will be here if you want some guidance.
  • The option to have it all handled for you. We create your files, create barcodes, upload, handle proofs, make changes and liase with the printer. We handle registrations, broadcast data to retailers, ship copies to deposit libraries. You don't need to know any details unless you want to.
  • Access to sell online or buy copies for yourself. As the author you can buy copies of your book from us at cost price. We provide a sales page for customers to buy at RRP. Ingram will make your book available to all major retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters etc.

how POD works

So what do we mean when we say we print "on-demand"? Well, for generations books were printed on big machines, a few thousand at a time. The quality was great and the cost per unit was low but for self-publishers the huge upfront investment just wasn't an option. Enter print-on-demand where a single book can be printed when it's ordered. Genius. Here's a bit more on how it works:

what's included in our service

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An ISBN

We assign a Wordzworth ISBN. Alternatively, if you have your own we can publish under your imprint. Whoever owns the ISBN is the publisher on record and is responsible for sending copies of the book to deposit libraries and handling any bibliographic registrations. All books sold through retailers need an ISBN to identify them. It goes on your copyright page and is used for the barcode on your back cover. See What is an ISBN? for further details. We can also obtain CIP number upon request.

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A proof copy

The very first copy of your book is printed and shipped to you. The cost for this is included in your package. This proof copy is handled with special expedited processing to be printed and shipped in 1 week. Seeing the physical book gives you one last chance to spot last minute changes and typos, check colors and finishes and any other production issues. Should you make changes to your book and require another proof then this is charged at a flat rate of $48 USD.

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Complete print management

We manage your book printing through our POD digital print partners. You don't suddenly need to become an expert in book production - file management, uploads, changes and any other technical details are all handled for you.

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Global distribution

Once your proof has been approved it's time to sell to the world. Your book will be broadcast to a network of retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters, Book Depository and thousands more. Most books appear for sale in 2 weeks, Amazon may initially show as 'out of stock' while they purchase their own copies to sell Amazon Prime. First year distribution included, future years $40 USD a year.

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Book ordering

Your finished book is for sale on our site in 24 hours. As the author you can buy cost-price copies and customers can buy at RRP. Books are printed to order so once paid for, an order cannot be cancelled. Books are printed and shipped in 1–2 weeks depending on shipping options.

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AuthorZone access

You get password access to your own area on our platform where you can review everything about your titles. You can review printing costs, set your book sales price and edit your book metadata. You can see details of your book sales and where they were made. You can also see your royalty payments. We pay you 100% of your royalties, these show 4 months post-sales and where the balance is over $20 USD they are paid on the 15th of each month via PayPal.

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Add $320 USD for extra print format

If your main format is paperback for example then you can add a hardback as an extra print format. Includes first year of distribution and an additional ISBN as required for each new format. Future years of distribution are charged at $40 USD a year.

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Add $240 USD for ebook distribution

Includes first year of distribution and an ebook ISBN. eBooks are distributed for all major devices via the four major e-retailers: Amazon for Kindle, Apple for iPad & iPhone, Barnes & Noble for Nook and Google for Android devices. Your ebook ISBN must be different to your print book ISBN in order to distribute your epub file. Future years of distribution are charged at $80 USD a year.

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Add $480 USD for litho print management

If you need over 500 books or have some more unusual production requirements then you may want to consider batch production for lower unit costs. We do not handle this ourselves but we are happy to liaise with any print partner of your choice. Please just ensure we have their file creation guides with specifications for bleed, trim, paper, color etc. Also, keep in mind that to keep a large batch of books from spoiling they will need to be warehoused in a humidity controlled environment until they are sold.

print calculator

Now you probably want to know what it is going to cost to print a copy of your book. So below we have a little calculator so you can see the production cost with different ink, paper, trim and binding choices. Our printer also provide volume discounts when you order lots of books like 100+ or 500+.

Please note that books will be printed at the US, UK or Australian print factory nearest to your location. All book orders are therefore priced in USD, GBP or AUD.

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next steps

Got questions? Of course you do, there's so much to think about when publishing a book! Luckily, after ten years in the business we know what we're doing. So whether you want to discuss printing, book prices, production or timescales just get in touch and let's talk.

Ready to go? Great. Now visit our contact page ask for smart-publishing and we'll issue a quotation to get started.