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supported self-publishing package $480 USD

Once our team has turned your manuscript into a fabulous looking book, you'll be keen to get it out there! Choose this package to get your book in print so you can start ordering copies in a few days. Your book will be branded with the Wordzworth imprint, printed-on-demand with Lightning Source and made globally available to all major online retailers via the Ingram Network. We handle all the details so you can just focus on marketing your book and watch those royalties roll in.

Understanding print-on-demand

Traditionally, books have been litho printed in large batches of thousands. The print quality is superb and cost per unit is low but it is a huge upfront investment. Enter print-on-demand … the cheaper way of printing any small number of books. POD means when a copy of your book is sold, it is then printed at the nearest location to the customer, bound and shipped to fulfil the order. So no minimum orders, no stock, no big upfront investment, no warehousing, no waste, no hassle. This modern print-on-demand technology really is a superb option for self-publishers.

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An ISBN

We assign you Wordzworth ISBN. All books sold through retailers must have an ISBN to identify the book. This goes on your copyright page and is used to create a 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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Complete print management

We manage your book printing through our POD digital print partners. You can use this calculator to work out costs so you can set your book price according to ensure you make a profit. POD book printing is now very high quality, but like any manufacturing process, it is not perfect. Books are limited to certain trims, bindings, papers and finishes, the last page of the book must be left blank for the printers barcode and books are printed to a specific level of tolerance. Should you wish to print your books with more than one printer please see our using two printers article for further details.

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A single proof copy

Your package includes a printed copy of your book to review. Typos and other issues tend to be much easier to spot in print, and color finishes will always look slightly different so this is a good opportunity to check everything thoroughly. Proofs take around 1 week to print and ship to your address. Further printed proofs will charged at a flat fee of $48 USD.

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Book ordering

When your book is finished it will be available to buy on our website within 24 hours. As the author you can then buy copies at cost price in your AuthorZone. You can also send your customers to buy your book at the RRP on your Author Sales Page. POD books are printed to order so once an order has been placed it cannot be refunded or canceled. Books will be printed and shipped from the nearest factory to your order in the US, UK or Australia. They take 1–2 weeks depending on shipping options.

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Book data sent to online retailers

Your book data will be broadcast out to a global network of online book retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters, Waterstones, Baker & Taylor, Bertram Books, Blackwell, Book Depository, Fishpond.com and Ingram. Please see this retailers list for a more extensive list. It is up to each individual retailer to decide how or whether to list a title but most books appear available to buy in a couple of weeks. Amazon can take longer and show titles as 'out of stock' while they purchase books for their warehouse so they can fulfil orders faster with Amazon Prime. We do not market your book, as the author you will need to advertise your title to potential customers. First year of distribution included, future years charged at $40 USD a year.

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Royalty handling

Wordzworth pay you 100% of your book royalties. This means for each book sold you get paid the wholesale price less the production costs shown. There is a 4 month delay before your first royalty payment to allow all retailers time to aggregate monies. Royalties are then paid via PayPal around the 15th of each month. If your balance is under $20 USD we will roll this to payment in the following month.

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Access to the Wordzworth AuthorZone

Once you have your AuthorZone login you can review and edit all your book details and metadata. As the author you can place orders for your book at cost price at any time. This is also where you go to see all the information on your book sales. Monthly book sales data is processed in the first week of the following month. Sales with major retailers will be itemised and the rest aggregated.

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Registrations and library deposits

We handle the bibliographic registration of book metadata with all major global book databases including Nielsen and Bowker. Copies of your book will be printed and shipped as required by various deposit libraries including Library of Congress and British Library.

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Change management

One other advantage of POD is that when any changes are made to your book, the new version can then be pushed out and be on sale within a week. Design changes and print file re-submission fees will apply for each file so to make this cost-effective it is always a good idea to wait until you have a good few changes to make together. In addition, please note that any retailers that have already purchased stock copies will typically sell these off first before they list your new version.

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All the rights to all your material

Wordzworth claims absolutely no rights to the copyright or editorial content of your material. If you wish to take your book elsewhere, cease publication or do anything else with your book then you absolutely can. We just ask you give us sufficient notice so we can halt distribution, update some administrative details and remove our publishing label from your files. We will often display author names and book in our promotional materials so please just let us know if you would prefer us not to do this.

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Help and support

We're happy to help at any stage of the process so just drop us a line. Our help pages also provide loads of helpful articles on topics from how to price your book to understanding book publishing timescales.

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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, Barns & 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

Our blog can provide help on choosing the right inks, paper, binding and trim size for your specific book type. You can then use our calculator to find out what your book will cost to print. You will need to know this in order to set the list price for your book.

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