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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will it take to publish my book?
Once we have all your materials, your signed agreement, and payment, LPB normally takes between three to five months to transform your book into printed, bound book form.
The length of time a book takes depends on the services you order and how long and complicated the book is. Copyediting and proofreading services will add approximately another month to the publishing process. Again this will vary depending on the length and complexity of your manuscript and how long you take to review and approve proofs.
What are the basic steps in getting a book published at LPB?
Where will my book be sold?
You can sell your book from your own inventory, or readers can buy it from retail outlets. Your book will be listed on databases available to retailers of all kinds such as Baker and Taylor and Amazon. Customers may order your book through a store or through a retailer’s Web site. Your local bookstores can order and stock your book.
What does “net sales” mean?
Net sales is the selling price of your book minus any discounts (that wholesalers and retailers get to buy and resell your book) minus customer returns. Occasionally customers return books, and those books are then subtracted from your sales total. You will not earn royalties on any books that are returned. Royalties are calculated separately for E-book net sales and hardcopy book net sales.
What production processes are involved at LPB in getting my book published?
Once we get your signed Order Form and complete manuscript (with graphics, according to the Submission Requirements), we carefully review your job to make sure your unique content fits with the services you ordered. This is an important evaluation and gives us the opportunity to bring any concerns to you right away and resolve them before your book enters the book production process. Your book is given careful attention throughout all stages of the process. The text pages (or interior pages) of your book are worked on while the cover is being designed. Text and cover will join up in the first proof stage so you can see your entire book at one time.
Basic Publishing Process (without Additional Services)
Publishing Process Including Copyediting and Proofreading
What is the process for an index?
Indexing will be done after all changes/alterations have been approved by you and a final page count/arrangement has been established. We will typeset an index provided us by the author or arrange for one of our indexers to do the work.
You provide your index to LPB in a word processing program file. This index will contain all the key words and the final page numbers where the key words can be found in the finished typeset book. LPB takes the file of the index and typesets it. You will have a chance to approve the index pages. You are responsible for the accuracy of the page numbers associated with each key word in the index.
Most word processing programs have built-in index makers. Please consult your word processing program for details if you decide to provide the index. You cannot complete the page location of the index entries until LPB sends you the final typeset proof that is ready to go to the printer, which includes all changes/alterations requested. This is because you will not know the final page location of the typeset manuscript until then.
However, identifying which words/phrases you want to index can be started at any time. Please see your word processing program for specifics on how to create an index. LPB will provide you with a final proof (all alterations in place and typeset to the finished page size) of your book for you to generate the index with page numbers. You are responsible for the accuracy of the page numbers associated with each index entry. Any changes/alterations of the typeset index pages will incur additional fees.
We will be glad to index your book. See Add-on Services chart for the cost.
We will have a professional indexer identify the key words that need to be indexed, and the indexer will generate the accurate page numbers and typeset the index. You will be supplied with page proofs for approval.
Our standard index is a topical index (including proper names), but we also can provide a scripture index if your book calls for one.
How do I pay for alterations/changes I have requested on my typeset proof?
If you have marked changes on the typeset proof, simply count up how many sentences you have asked to be changed and count how many sentences you deleted and added. Each sentence is $2.00 plus the flat rate of $25.00 You simply fill out pages 4 and 5 of a Publishing Services Order Form and send in your payment.
If I have had my book published previously, can I give LPB the already designed cover to use?
Yes, for an additional $150.00, and if it is supplied in a software format that we can use. Please talk to a LPB Associate for details.
How can I estimate my manuscript’s final typeset page length?
Your manuscript right now is in a word processing format. The length of this manuscript version will change after we typeset the book using our Text Design templates. Once LPB has completed typesetting your book and you get your page proof of the layout, you will have a very close idea of finished page length (indexes and changes can still affect final page length).
We have put together a fun math tool to give you an idea or ballpark estimate, of the page length of your current manuscript. We hope you find this helpful and fun to use. This will only give you an estimate because images/graphics, tables and such affect finished page length tremendously. LPB will establish a final page count when the pages are typeset and all changes have occurred.
Using the Page Length Tool
To use our math tool you will need to find and record the character count from your manuscript file. Do the following:
Please note: We cannot produce a book with fewer than 60,000 characters and spaces.
If I am applying for copyright permission, how do I establish the page count of my printed book and the date it will be published?
What is DRM—Digital Rights Management?
It is an electronic security layer that is wrapped around your electronic book to help protect it from being copied and printed without your consent or for free. Like all electronic safety measures it is not 100% secure. We recommend you use Google Alert to keep tabs on any illegal uses of your e-book. This tool can help you quickly request that illegal copies be removed from the Internet.
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