A. To sell your books through distribution outlets, bookstores & online retailers within the Expanded Distribution Channel, we must choose an industry standard trim size. (See Notes N, P) Additionally, books with cream paper must be of the following trim sizes: 5 x 8 / 5.25 x 8 / 5.5 x 8.5 / or 6 x 9. [Printing on spine must have 100 pages minimum]
B. BISAC = Book Industry Standards and Communications. Used in the supply chain to categorize titles based on content. We will ensure the proper BISAC, Trim Size, etc.
We will not bore you with our vast knowledge of gutter margins, front matter, pagination, bleeds, covers, interior and spine formatting, crop marks, open prepress interface (OPI), locked or encrypted PDFs, etc., because that would just be showing off
C. Paper Stock for b/w: White: 60# 444ppi. Cream: 60# 400ppi
D. Paper Stock for color: White: 60# 426ppi. Cream: n/a
E. Cover Stock: 4-color w/film lamination. 10pt CIS
F. Perfect Binding; Professional Trade Paperback
G. Book Minimum: 24 pages. (See I below)
H. Books on Tape (Audio/CDs), hardcover, pop-up or paper doll books are not offered by TKG at this time
I. Page count limits: White paper: 24 to 828. Cream: 24 to 740 pages
J. Print on Demand – Books printed only after purchased. (Benefits: Cost effective. No Spoilage. Inventory Freedom, no warehousing)
K. Printing: Highest Quality CYMK available with latest digital print technology
L. “Look inside” feature is an Amazon online ribbon across your book's cover alerting customers to see random pages. A nice sales tool so customers can review your book before they buy it. Process takes about 3 weeks to be reflected after we take your book "live"
M. If you notice Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc., putting your book “ON SALE” jump for joy! More people may buy it at the lower price but your royalty remains the same!!! You’re welcome. Likewise, you may see where resellers are selling your book for 10x the listed retail price. Ignore it. There's nothing we or you can do about it
N. Trim Size Limits: Width: 4” to 8.5” (10.16cm to 21.59cm)
Height: 6” to 11.69” (15.24cm to 29.6926cm)
(TKG) will decide the appropriate size of your book based on your preferences, industry standards and maximum royalty affected
O. Page count factors greatly on your royalty. As does trim size, paper color, etc. Much like constructing a house, materials add costs
P. Custom Trim Sizes (6 x 8.25 / 8.25 x 8.25 / 8.5 x 8.5) Not eligible for EDC. (Barnes & Noble is in the Expanded Distribution Channel)
Q. If writing a children’s book, you may wish to consider a companion coloring book of the same name, at the same time. (Separate ISBN, fees and discounts apply – Retainer Required.) Alert your illustrator with this in mind. If you include your coloring book at the end of the storybook, your costs increase. This makes your book's construction costs greater than it should be. If only one (1) page of your storybook is color, the entire book is "considered" color! Twice as expensive
R. Keep text size, line spacing, page placement & fonts in mind. Be sure you appeal to those who are actually reading your book. Grandparents, moms and dads and children must all be considered when writing a children’s book. (Biggest complaint is tiny print & odd fonts.) You want people to BUY IT, READ IT and TALK ABOUT IT, so others will buy it, read it and talk about it ... trust us to guide you
S. Your book will have its own online detail page. (380 words max - See V, X) This is a sales tool. Describe your book in a way to entice the reader to buy it
T. Once we have formatted your book, assign your ISBN and Library of Congress pre-assigned control number, and have ordered your final proof copy, changes are not permitted. After your book is available for sale, as a FIRST EDITION, we can make minor changes and not affect the edition or assign a new ISBN. We can change your book’s online description, search engine keywords, BISAC category, etc. Any changes you ask us to make after your book is published will incur charges of $225 per hour.
Please allow up to ten business days for any changes to update on the system. Subsequent editions require additional formatting & editing fees, a new ISBN, bar code and so on
U. We publish eBooks in Kindle format only
V. Your book’s description (detail page) displays on all sales channels. Your description must follow Amazon’s code of conduct description guidelines. (See S above and X below)
W. (TKG) reserves the right to amend/add/delete or void any part of this informational material as circumstances warrant. Worldwide sales will depend greatly on how well received your work is as it spreads throughout social media and word-of-mouth
X. (TKG) reserves the right to represent or decline any author. The publisher is the sole authority on what gets published and has the final word on all matters publishing and is inclusive of all editing, proofreading, story changes, improvements, enhancements, book construction, pricing, etc. The online inclusion (not the actual content of your book but the following information in online detail pages, descriptions, titles, bullet points, or images) is prohibited on Amazon.com:
• Pornographic, obscene, or offensive content.
• Phone numbers, physical mail addresses, e-mail addresses, or website URLs.
• Availability, price, condition, alternative ordering information, (i.e., links to other websites for placing orders), or alternative shipping offers, (i.e., free shipping).
• Spoilers (information that reveals plot elements crucial to the suspense, mystery, or surprise ending of a story).
• Reviews, quotes, or testimonials
• Solicitations for positive customer reviews.
• Advertisements, promotional material, watermarks on images, photos, or videos.
• Time-sensitive information (dates of promotional tours, seminars, lectures, etc)
Y. Thank you for taking the time, making the effort, to read this material thoroughly. There will not be a test. Writing is a lot of work. It's perfectly okay and quite natural to ask yourself ...why? Why did you take up writing instead of say, water colors or bowling or kayaking? We write not because we want to, we write because we "have" to. We dearly hope you do become a respected author at some station in your life, giving notice to the world, of your voice
Z. We grow our services organically. If you have needs/requirements we have not addressed, please alert us and we’ll see what we can do to implement them
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