These questions are some of the core enquiries we receive. Please click on each question for the answers. We hope you find them useful.
• To make your voice heard
In the past it was very expensive to self-publish a book. This meant that a book had to be accepted by a publisher to make it in to print. This prevented many authors’ work from ever being seen by a wider audience. Today, with the development of digital printing, the cost of self-publishing has fallen dramatically. This means you can order the exact number of copies to suit your budget so self-publishing is truly viable.
• To control all rights
As a self-publisher you control all rights to your work. It’s your choice to assign rights to a third party such as a publishing house.
Self-publishing allows you to control your publishing process.
Also, for a small fee, we can store your book as digital data – so it never need be out of print and you’ll know that your current version is always secure.
If you are in doubt about your ability to prove that you wrote the words first, you may either lodge a copy with your lawyer or bank, getting it date stamped, or you can send yourself a registered letter containing a copy. Ensure that it is clearly date stamped at posting and don’t open it when you receive it.
It is not necessary to mark your work with a circled C and your name and date to copyright it, but it does help remind those who receive your work in any form thereafter, that they do not own rights to replicate it.
Your copyright lasts for 50 years after you die, and can be left to family or friends in a will.
If you wish to quote from another person’s work in your own work, it is normally wise to get their permission to do so. Copyright law does allow for brief quotes that are properly referenced to be used (in academic works, for example) but only for certain purposes and not if they reveal key material from the document that the author may not have wanted revealed in such a manner. If in doubt always seek permission.
Pictures, photographs and words delivered by interview, if quoted, are also the subject of copyright, and if you are using any in your book, be sure you have the rights fully established. Legal proceedings can be VERY costly. Keep copies of any agreements to use work that you arrange, signed by the originator of the work (or their legal assignee). See www.copyright.co.nz to clarify any further questions.
Once you have obtained the ISBN number you will need a barcode to sell your book in a shop. PublishMe can create a barcode for you for a fee of $25 + GST. This is then printed on the back cover for retail sale. If you intend to sell your work privately, you will not require a barcode for retail purposes.
It’s easy to apply online for your ISBN number at the National Library of New Zealand website.
For example: If you print 50 books at a print cost of $10 each and your design cost was $400, the total unit cost per book would be $18. Therefore you would need to sell your book for more than $18 each to cover your costs and make a profit.
If you set your ‘recommended retail price’ (RRP) at $30 and sell direct to customers your profit per book is $12, not taking into account any postage costs.
If you offered a wholesaler a discount of 30% on your RRP of $30 it would leave you with $3 profit per book.
Your RRP has to be at a level which is realistic but which also means you make some money.
If you’re not certain but want an indication, give us an estimate and we’ll give you a quote based on that. This should tell you if the project is viable. Once the specification of the book is confirmed we will amend the quote so you know exactly how much it will cost to print.
Consider your audience when choosing a book size. If you are printing a children’s picture book or a family history that is liberally illustrated, you will need to allow for larger font sizes (for very young or old readers) and clear graphics. If you are at all in doubt please consult with your client manager.
If there is some greater urgency there may be a way to achieve an even tighter schedule, but clear communication of your needs is vital. Please consult your client manager about your specific needs.