If you are self-publishing for the first time, you will obviously have many questions. Below we have answered some of the most common questions we are asked, but if you cannot find what you need, please contact us.
What is an ISBN number?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a product number, displayed in the form of a barcode, used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes.
Why are we different?
We don’t simply act as an agent for a third-party printing company – We print your book, we bind your book, and we make the hard case covers. We continually invest both time and money in new techniques and services to improve the manufacturing process and reduce the cost of producing your books. This also puts us in a position to provide you with a finished, bound proof for your approval before the actual print run commences (for a small additional charge).
You retain complete control
When you place an order with us, you retain complete control of your work. We are non-exclusive, which means you can self-publish with us. We’re not interested in taking your rights away from you. After all, we didn’t write your book. We simply are print providers and book binders.
Paperback or Hardback?
We have the opportunity to provide both paperback and hardback editions of your book. For example you may require 200 paperback editions and 50 hardback editions for family, friends and acquaintances.
We are not publishers or marketers. We do not make any false promises to sell your book, nor do we distribute it to libraries. This is best left to you. We are simply here to produce your book to the highest quality, in a short time, at a low cost to you.
What are the reasons I should self-publish?
There are many good reasons to self-publish your book. Here are seven reasons why self-publishing may be perfect for you.
- Short print runs – You may only require 50 or 100 copies. With our print technology, we can provide this unique service to you.
- Testing the market – Because your book may fill a niche that has not been met, you can test the market by self-publishing. Find out how well your book will sell, and how successful it will be. You may also want a number of review copies to present to publishing houses.
- A limited market – Your book may appeal to a limited market (e.g. local history or sports club etc.) and, therefore, may not be of interest to a large publishing house.
- Time – Traditional publishing generally takes much longer, traditional publishers work on long production cycles. Choose to self-publish your book and it could be ready for the market within just two weeks.
- Your book – the way you want it – A book is a reflection of the author. Self-publishing gives you complete control on the direction of your book. The decisions are yours exclusively and not limited by third parties with interests and intentions that differ from your own.
- Retain all rights – As a self-publisher, you own all rights to your book. If you use a traditional publishing house, they will own all rights. They may decide to stop printing and distributing it and you will not be allowed to print additional copies until you purchase the rights back. We simply produce your book, you retain all the rights.
- Re-order – We store your book digitally which means we can reprint it at any time in the future.
Do you provide a proofreading and editing service?
Yes. We offer a complete proofreading and editing service to help authors get their books ready for publication by ensuring the use of English is correct and, if the author chooses, formatting the document to chosen page size, inserting pictures, and ensuring standard use of fonts and headings, etc.,
We find that most authors are seeking one of three options:
- Light Proofread: Copy checked for spelling and punctuation errors
- Heavier Edit: In addition to proofreading, our editors will identify where improvements can be made to writing style, sentence/paragraph structure, word usage, copy flow etc.
- Edit and Layout: We will ensure your book looks the best it can be with a professional layout, appropriate font choice and appropriate use of pictures and captions.
Our editors are client-focused and maintain communication with authors throughout the editorial process.
Research shows that self-publishers who get help from editors, proof-readers and cover designers — stand to make an average 34% more from their books than those who don’t.
Source: Taleist Self-Publishing Survey 2012
How does the process work?
We offer a comprehensive service, including book production and design. Once you have chosen the printing option that is right for you, the printing process can begin.
What is an ISBN number and do I need one?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. If you aim to sell your book locally or through your own website for example you may not need one. For comprehensive information on ISBN numbers, please visit Nielsen, the ISBN agent for UK and Ireland.
If I self-publish, do I still have a chance of getting a contract with a major publisher?
Yes, of course. In fact, many large traditional publishers watch the shelves and the Internet for self-published books that may fit their publishing program.
Who are some well-known authors who have self-published?
Many renowned authors have chosen to self-publish at some time in their careers; Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King and Mark Twain, just to name a few.
What happens if I make a mistake in my book?
It is your responsibility to make sure that you approve the file before printing. Lettertec Ireland Ltd is not responsible for omissions or errors be they typographical or graphical after approval has been given. We print the file we are given either by you or a graphics designer. We recommend that you check your PDF’s carefully before giving your approval as the press cannot be stopped after this.
Can I get a proof before going to press?
If you avail of our graphic design services, we send you PDF’s for you to look at and check for errors. This is suitable for most projects.
A full print out is available on request but requires a payment to cover our printing and postage costs. Please note that colour printing costs significantly more than black and white printing.
Once I’ve taken delivery of my books, who owns the rights?
You do. Forever. The rights to your book will always be yours. We will store your book digitally allowing you to manufacture as many (or as few) copies as needed, and your book will always available to reprint – for as long as you choose.
Do you provide marketing support?
No, not formally. However we can promote your book via this website, our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and give you some exposure that way. We can also design and print flyers, posters, bookmarks, and any other promotional products for you, but our primary function is to concentrate on preparing, printing and binding your book to a high standard, and at a low cost.
Can I come back to you when my book goes out of print?
By all means. If you have published elsewhere, just ensure that you still have the rights to your book and that you have not given them away to a publishing house.
How long will it take to get my book printed?
This depends on quantity and whether there is a mix of hard and soft cover in your order. However, in general, for paperback books only, please allow roughly two weeks from approval on everything we need to produce your order. This includes finished artwork, approved files, payment etc. Please note that this lead time does not start until we have everything we need to commence printing, not from when you first contact us.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Laser or you can pay us by EFT (Electric Funds Transfer) direct to our bank. We can supply you with our bank details to enable this. Please note: We require payment in full upon final approval before we can commence printing your books.