Frequently Asked Questions
Can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? We’ve shared some of our most frequently asked questions to help you out!
The answer is “YES”. As the author of the book, you will have complete ownership and copyright. You also own the illustrations completely. You may, however, credit the illustrator, for example, on the book’s cover or interior.
Over 40,000 online booksellers worldwide will have access to your book. We’ve partnered with the world’s largest book distributor, which has printing facilities around the world.
We believe that authors should get the most out of their book. It is not easy to come up with an idea, write it down, and turn it into a book. We understand how hard you worked to accomplish your dream of publishing a book. To ensure that you get the most out of it, we give authors full ownership and royalties of their books
Our authors typically take 3-5 months to complete the journey from finished manuscript to published book. The timeline for publishing your book is primarily determined by (1) the services included in your publishing package and (2) the quickness with which you, as the author, complete each task assigned to you.
Print-on-Demand service is our printing model that allows authors to sell their books to customers without having to fulfill orders on their own.
When a customer purchases your book from one of our online retailers (Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and many others), the retailer notifies our exclusive distributor. After that, the order will be printed, shipped, and delivered to the customer.
The good news is that there is no limit. Your book will be available for as long as you want. However, to keep your book available on the retailer’s website, Write and Release charges a $75 annual fee.
No, authors are not required to pay the $75 annual fee if they do not want Write and Release to distribute their books in the future. Authors are not bound by a contract.
Congratulations on the completion of your manuscript. We strongly advise you to schedule an appointment with one of our publishing consultants so that they can assist you in publishing your book. It is beneficial to consult with a book publishing expert.
You will be assigned to a “Book Coach”. A book coach is the person in charge of overseeing your book project. Your book coach is the best person to contact if you have any concerns or questions about your book because he or she is aware of everything that is going on with it.
Our book coaches have been trained to help authors with books of all genres. They are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. We can assure you that they are all suitable regardless of the genre of your book.
We strongly advise authors to submit their manuscripts in Microsoft Word file format.
Write and Release offers two types of editing services : Comprehensive Editing and Copy Editing
Comprehensive editing consists of two rounds of editing. The first round is designed to help you improve the content of your manuscript. The story’s flow, structure, and character development will be reviewed by the editor, and suggestions for improvement will be made. Following that, the editor will send it to you for review, and you will have the option of accepting or rejecting the editor’s recommendations or suggestions. Following the completion of the first round of editing, a second round of editing known as copy editing will begin.
Copy editing looks for grammatical errors, inconsistencies, and weak words and phrases, as well as rewriting sentences for clarity.
Proofreading is a standard publishing industry process for authors who want their books to be as close to perfect as possible.The goal of this service is to ensure that your manuscript is 99.99% free of errors. This service is provided following the completion of your book’s interior layout.
We cannot provide proofreading unless the book has been edited–at the very least, copy edited. The reason for this is that proofreading is the final step in ensuring quality. Our editors must ensure that the manuscript has been thoroughly edited before we begin proofreading.
The editor will not speak with you directly, but if you have any editing concerns, you can contact your book coach. Your Book Coach will be your point of contact and will keep track of what is going on with your book.
Yes, absolutely. The editor can always make suggestions for the title of your book, but you must ultimately decide what is the best title for your book.
We work with talented illustrators from all over the world who are all very adaptable when it comes to producing different types of illustrations. We begin by allowing you to choose an illustration style. Following that, we’ll send you an illustration questionnaire. Our illustration questionnaire allows you to describe and provide a brief description of each illustration page in your book.
When providing illustrations for your book, make sure that the size and shape of your image files (portrait, square, or landscape) match the trim size of your book. For example, if your book is 8.5 x 8.5″, the illustrations you provide should be the same size. You must also provide high quality, print resolution images with a minimum resolution of 300dpi.
It is important that we provide a pencil sketch before we complete all of the illustrations. A pencil sketch is created based on your answers to the illustration questionnaire. At this point, you can make an unlimited number of changes. The revision includes changes to the character’s features, body type, and any other changes you want. After you approve the revisions, we will create and colour the remaining illustrations.
Yes, each illustration page gets (3) three revision rounds.
This rarely happens because we make sure that you are satisfied with the characters during “sketching phase” before beginning to color your book’s illustrations. We charge $45 for additional changes until you are satisfied with the illustrations.
Full spread illustrations take up two full pages, so when the reader opens the book, the illustration will take up the “full spread” of the two open pages.
Book royalties are calculated as follows: Net Royalties = Suggested Retail Price – Retailer Discount – POD Print Cost.
Net royalties are calculated using the suggested retail price of the book. Depending on the retailer, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, and many others take between 30-55% of the sale. That is, if the book costs $20 and the royalty rate is 100%, you must subtract both the retailer’s percentage and the printing cost. Example: If the book costs is $20, Amazon takes 30%, and the print cost for one book is $5, your net royalty is $9 per book.
A well-designed book can help you stand out from the crowd. Members of our experienced and talented design team will lay out the front, spine, and back covers for your book, as well as two rounds of revisions to incorporate your feedback, as part of our Write and Release cover design service.
First, you will be given a comprehensive cover design questionnaire in which you will be asked to outline your vision for your book’s cover. Following the submission of your questionnaire, one of our book designers will create an original design by combining stock images, symbols, and font styles to create a visually appealing and cohesive book cover that meets your vision while staying current with design trends in your book’s genre.
If you need to make changes to the cover draft, you will have two rounds of revision. Keep in mind that the purpose of a book cover is to persuade someone to buy your book. At times, this may imply sacrificing perfectly meeting your vision in order to catch the buyer’s attention.
Custom cover design is recommended for all authors who have complex, one-of-a-kind ideas that require more than graphic design work on existing elements (for example, stock photography). In other words, if you have a highly original vision, you will need a custom illustration, which cannot be accomplished unless an artist takes that vision and creates it from the ground up.
Our interior layout design services include two rounds of revisions to incorporate your feedback.
The good news is that Write and Release provides payment options. Authors can pay it off in three or six months with no interest. Also, we begin the process of publishing your book as soon as your first payment is received. However, if you pay it in three months, you will be charged a $25 one-time fee, and if you pay it in six months, you will be charged a $50 fee.
We’ve worked with many first-time authors and understand how costly it is to publish a book. Our mission is to always provide and assist aspiring writers in reaching their goals while staying within their budget. In fact, we can start the process as soon as we receive the first payment.
Yes, without a doubt! Your Book Coach will gladly assist you in pricing your book. We also advise you to conduct research and establish a price range for your book. At the end of the day, your book coach is there to provide you with ideas, and you will be the one to decide on the price of your book.