No, probably not the way you mean it. We do everything a publisher does, but the author or business pays us. The author controls all the rights, all accounts are in their name, and they receive 100% of royalties.
FAQ: What is the difference between AuthorImprints and a company like Lulu, Outskirts, or Author Solutions*?
The differences are substantial, all in the favor of you the author. In both cases, you are paying money to be published, buy books, etc. But with AuthorImprints you keep 100% of the royalties, get to keep all the files and buy books at cost.
Most importantly, every account and registration is in your name and books are always custom designed. It also helps that you will most likely spend less and have far more personalized service!
* AuthorHouse operates under a range of brand names such as Xlibris, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, WestBow Press, Balboa Press, Abbott Press.
It is simply the name of your publishing company. It is referenced in your ISBN record, copyright filing, Library of Congress filing and distribution accounts. It is displayed online where your print book, and sometimes your eBook, is listed for sale.
You do not have to form a corporation or LLC, or even file a DBA to use an imprint name. But it should be unique. (Read here how to research names.)
No, because you are the publisher, not AuthorImprints. We help you purchase and use ISBNs correctly. You can also do this yourself by following the advice in Register Your Book: The Complete Guide to Using ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright and LCCNs.
Yes! In fact, this is a key difference between AuthorImprints and businesses such as Lulu, Outskirts, and AuthorHouse (Xlibris, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, WestBow Press, Balboa Press, Abbott Press).
Yes. We recognize that self-publishing is a DIY activity these days and tools and services abound. We have worked with many authors and publishers that need just a little advice to get them started in the direction that is right for their skills and book. You can save a lot of money (not to mention time and often heartache) with some early advice. Click here to learn more.
Absolutely! We love working with other designers and want you to have the cover you feel best represents your book. But if you wish us to manage cover design, we’re there for you.
Yes we do, when there is a demonstrable need to protect the anonymity of the publisher/author relationship from public view. It is certainly not required, but it can sometimes be helpful for self-publishers, especially businesses. Contact us.
Yes, in fact it can get awfully crowded under certain desks.
Other times it is simply boring and one of man’s-best-friend will sleep his or her whole day away.
CreateSpace, IngramSpark (Print)
Personalized service, publishing experience, and advocacy for you the author. CreateSpace is a book printer, book distributor and book design services company rolled into one and part of Amazon. They offer capable, if not cookie-cutter services.
AuthorImprints uses the printing and distribution services of CreateSpace, but bring our considerable skills in making sure your book meets your broader needs. More often than not this goes beyond the self-interests of Amazon.
IngramSpark is a book printer and book distributor. You, as the publisher, will need to design your book, create a cover, program your eBook, and make decisions on all the details that going into the publishing process. You will also likely discover that when IngramSpark distributes your book to Amazon it will show up as taking “1 to 2 extra days” for delivery.
AuthorImprints handles all the book production steps, but just as importantly advises you about the various issues and decisions you need to make—and then manages the entire process on your behalf. You get the benefits of IngramSpark distribution and low printing costs without giving up control or incurring extra costs like you would with Lulu, Outskirts, or AuthorHouse (Xlibris, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, WestBow Press, Balboa Press, Abbott Press).
Yes, you can do it yourself. Read our highly popular blog post here about how to do it.
We provide publishing expertise they cannot since they are part of Amazon. We also feel our publishing services are superior and give you a better looking final book—a book that meets your goals, not the goals of Amazon.
Most certainly not! We can arrange to have your book printed by one of our preferred printers at a lower cost than KDP Print* or IngramSpark. However, you will need to need to pay for, store, and distribute these books. These are options that we help you consider, and they depend on budget, marketing program and obviously, your goals for the book.
*In August 2018 Amazon announced that KDP Print is replacing CreateSpace.
No, we are an independent company that has developed a reputation as Amazon publishing experts.
Distribution and Marketing
Yes and no. We make your book available for stores to order (via Ingram), but you need to demonstrate that your marketing program will result in the public visiting the store to buy the book. Most won’t stock a self-published book unless there is demand, or they will charge you a consignment fee to stock the book for a period of time. In our experience it is expensive and time consuming relative to the level of sales you will achieve.
No, this is a highly-specialized service that requires relationships with media. We work with any author to publish a book, but not every book can be promoted to the media. We have a list of professionals and firms we can refer you to but it is up to them whether they are willing to accept your book.
But every book is different so one never knows when a book will breakout. If it does, we’ll be ready to help you.
Our fee to program your eBook depends on 5 factors.
- Number and type of links (TOC, endnotes, website links).
- Number of images and whether they need special processing.
- The type of source file you send us: we prefer InDesign, but Word or a PDF can work although these might require additional special handling.
- Whether you are submitting a manuscript, or a fully designed book (manuscripts are usually lacking all the necessary front and back matter.
- Special design considerations such has how to handle fill-in-the-blank forms or strategies for integrating the eBook content with your website and/or multimedia content.