KidPub Publishing: Common Questions
Here's a collection of questions that our authors have asked about publishing their book with KidPub. If you have a question that isn't answered here, just ask!
Q: Must I be a member of KidPub to publish my book?
A: Although we would love for you to be part of our community, you do not need to be a member in order to publish at KidPub.
Q: Can I publish a collection of short stories or poems?
A: Absolutely. You have complete control over the material that is in your book. You can publish a full chapter book, or a collection, or whatever else you like.
Q: Do you publish ebooks?
A: Part of your publishing package includes the option to publish to Amazon's Kindle. We don't charge any additional fee for this service. You'll earn royalties on ebook sales at 35% of the sale price, which is usually half the price of the paperback edition.
Q: How long does it take?
A: The time for a project depends on several things. Generally speaking, it takes four to five weeks for your manuscript to be edited and laid out in books form, and you'll receive a draft of the text when that work is completed. If your book is more than 150 pages, or needs extra work in edit, it might take a bit longer. Work on the cover is usually a few weeks, and once everything is approved, it takes a few weeks to get the project set up on the press and have books printed and shipped. Our advice to our authors is to be patient...it took you a while to write your book, so we don't want to rush the publication!
Q: How many pages can my book have?
A: The minimum number of pages is 25 printed pages. There is no maximum number, however if the book is over about 500 pages we might think about doing it in two volumes. There are approximately 250 to 300 words per page, so you'll need at least 6,000 words to get to the minimum size. Poetry is a little different; we print poems on their own page, so you'd just need 25 poems to reach thee minimum length.
Q: Does my book have an ISBN number?
A: Yes, all of our books include an ISBN number. If your book is over 100 printed pages it may also have a Library of Congress card catalog number. All books are registered with Books in Print.
Q: Where will my books be offered for sale?
A: On Amazon.com, the world's largest bookstore. And on KidPub.com, the world's largest website for stories by kids. You'll earn royalties for every sale.
Q: Will my book be sold at other bookstores?
A: No, our packages only offer your book for sale at Amazon and KidPub.
Q: What is a royalty?
A: A royalty is money paid to you for each book that is sold on Amazon or KidPub. The royalty is based on the price the book is sold at and varies depending on where the book is sold. For books sold on Amazon, the royalty is 15%, and or books sold on KidPub the royalty is 20%. If your book sells for $12.95, for example, you'd earn $2.60 for each book sold at the KidPub Press bookstore.
Q: What price will my book sell for?
A: Generally speaking, paperbacks sell for between $10.95 and $14.95. Your royalty is based on the sale price of the book, which ight not be the cover price. For example, if your book is marked at $12.95, but is sold on sale at $11.95, the royalty is based on $11.95. We set the retail price based on our cost of production.
Q: How often are royalties paid?
A: Four times per year, in April, July, October, and January.
Q: How often will I receive a royalty report?
A: We send out sales reports on a quarterly basis by email.
Q: What if my book becomes really popular?
A: Congratulations! You will be paid royalties on every copy that is sold. Because we use Amazon to market and deliver books, if you sell 10,000 copies it isn't a problem!
Q: Can I use a pen name?
A: Yes, but you probably don't want to use the name of another author!
Q: How many book titles can I publish?
A: As many as you like. Each book title published will require purchase of a publishing package.
Q: Can I buy more books than are in my package?
A: Yes, at a discount. Your package comes with five copies. Extra books are priced at $6.95 each, plus shipping, and you may buy any number of extra books at any time. If you decide to buy extra books at the time you purchase your publishing package, the shipping is free.
Q: Can I sell my own books?
A: Yes. You can order copies of your book and sell them wherever you like. You might take some to your local bookstore, or to a fair or market, or sell them on your own website. You do not receive royalties for this kind of sale, but you keep the difference between the selling price and the price you paid per book. In other words, if you buy 10 copies at $6.95 each, and sell them for $15.95, you keep $9.00 of each sale.
Q: Does KidPub edit my material?
A: KidPub does a light edit, which means that we correct most spelling errors and will correct simple grammar errors. We will not significantly change what you send to us. We also format your book for printing.
Q: What size is the book that is printed?
A: Books are printed as trade paperbacks, 6" x 9", similar to what you find on the bookshelves at your library or bookstore. They have a glossy color stock cover. You can see examples of covers in the KidPub Press bookstore.
Q: Can I include pictures or illustrations?
A: Yes, however they might not print well. If you want to use an illustration inside your book, we will test it to see what it might look like in the book. In general, line drawings should be fine, and elaborate color photos would not be fine. We don't print color pages inside the book unless the book is less than 30 pages long. The best bet is fine black marker.
Q: Can I include a dedication?
A: Yes, just put your dedication on a page at the front of your book.
Q: Should I include a Table of Contents?
A: Most chapter books will not need a Table of Contents, since the chapter titles are just numbers...Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and so on. If you use subtitles (Chapter 1: The Beginning) we'll use the subtitle for a Table of Contents. Collections of stories or poetry typically do have one. If you want to include a Table of Contents, make one at the front of your book, and we will update the page numbers and format it correctly for you.
Q: Who owns the copyright to my book?
A: You do. We will send you our publishing contract, which both you and your parent needs to sign. It assigns rights to KidPub to publish your material in book form but you retain all rights to your work.
Q: What about a front and back cover?
A: We'll help you with cover design. If you want to draw an image to use on the cover, we can scan it (if it's on paper), or you can send it to us in email. There's information about the size and type of artwork that we can use in the Publishing Guide.
If you have other questions, please leave them as a comment (KidPub members) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.