Unlimited Publishing LLC uses a unique hybrid of new POD technologies and proven professional book publishing practices to bring back out-of-print books, and to publish new books by professional writers at a fraction of the cost of traditional book publishing methods.
Listed below are some common questions about UP's methods, and the answers that apply to most authors and publishers:
What kind of books are ideal for the UP system?
The UP system is ideal for bringing back out-of-print books about subjects with lasting interest to readers; keeping current titles "in print" without paying for costly press runs; and for releasing new books with a minimum of risk and expense.
What kind of books are NOT suitable for the UP system?
Books about dated subjects with limited shelf life; hate material or vanity press material of any kind; books with frontal nudity or explicit sexual content; books with unusual bindings or trim sizes; books with fewer than 100 pages or more than 400 pages. Please see our Submission Guide for detailed information about other printing specifications.
Do authors pay to publish books with UP?
No. We offer only traditional "royalty" (no fee to the author) contracts to writers. But we do expect authors to invest their TIME to promote books after publication, and market them to readers more directly than conventional booksellers.
Equally important, UP does not believe in charging readers (or writers!) inflated prices for books. Authors are never requird to buy or sell books, but our policies are designed to reward those who actively promote and market them.
Are similar services available elsewhere?
Yes. You can publish a POD book elsewhere on your own, or use a vanity or subsidy press. But it may be of lesser quality, and it may be more costly for readers to purchase.
A few factors that set UP apart are: we are selective; we have dual production and distribution channels, using BOTH of the world's leading suppliers; and we offer a liberal return policy to selected retailers -- almost unknown among other POD imprints.
You should also read the fine print to determine the TOTAL cost of publishing elsewhere with add-ons and extras, including the prices paid by the public (and you) when books are purchased.
Does UP accept all submissions?
No. The UP system is designed primarily to bring back previously published books that have gone out of print, and for new books by previously published authors.
However, we are always interested in quality material, whether or not the book (or the writer) has been published previously. If your book is not suitable for UP, we'll be happy to refer you to others who may be interested.
All books are evaluated before acceptance, to determine whether they are suitable for UP. There are no "reading fees" or others obligations for initial review.
This offer does not extend to titles from Authorhouse, iUniverse, Publish America, Trafford, Vantage, Xlibris, or any other company termed a "vanity press" in Publishers Weekly or other authority of our choice. We respectfully reserve the right to accept or decline any submission at our own discretion.
How long does it take?
An initial printing is usually possible 120 days after submission of a 100% completed manuscript. Please click HERE for a detailed timeline.
Who holds the rights?
If you are an author, you grant us 50% of all rights for three to five years, depending on the amount of the advance you receive initially. If you are a small press or other co-publisher, you grant UP a 50% interest for one year, renewable thereafter by mutual agreement.
Is computer expertise required?
Only a little. In order to publish with UP, you need a modern word processor such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, the ability to use e-mail (including file attachments) and Adobe Acrobat Reader software, available free.
The technical requirements for previously published books are very simple: just send us three clean copies of the previous edition.
Can I design the book myself?
No, but you are encouraged to send suggestions about your vision of the book's appearance when you submit a manuscript. Remember that POD is significantly different than conventional offset printing or desktop publishing, and we use multiple printers, each of which has different specifications. We are intimately familiar with the specific requirements, and almost always get better, faster, and more economical results creating the actual production files for you.
Does UP work as a printer, for books that don't need professional typesetting, distribution, or promotion?
No, but we will be happy to refer you to a printer for a quote, and wish you good luck printing and distributing it independently.
Where can readers buy UP books?
Most UP titles are distributed by BOTH of the world's largest wholesale book distributors, Ingram and Baker & Taylor. The Ingram network alone extends to more than 24,000 bookstores across the U.S. and abroad, while B&T is strong in library and academic markets.
UP books are widely available to order from thousands of bookstores worldwide. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and B. Dalton are among the major retail chains included. UP titles are also available to order from leading "dotcom" booksellers, such as BN.com, Amazon and many others.
However, in spite of UP's major league distribution options, we always emphasize sales made at live author events, orders placed at Web sites of authors, and selling books through specialty outlets other than bookstores. Why? Because these channels bypass substantial percentages taken by conventional booksellers, improving our earning potential -- and yours!
How much do I earn on each sale?
UP shares up to 50% of net revenues equally with the author or co-publisher. Depending on the size of the book and the retail price, most authors earn at least $1.50 from each book sold by conventional booksellers.
BUT... If you sell books directly to readers at live events, from your own Web site, or other non-traditional outlets, your earnings can be substantially higher. Please click HERE for options.
How does the appearance of UP books compare with others?
Our goal is to make UP books equal (in fact, sometimes superior) in appearance to conventional trade books as traditionally found in bookstores. Feel free to order a book of your choice (not ours) and see for yourself. If you are not satisfied, return it for a full refund.
What if my book contains fewer than 15,000 words?
In order to provide proper binding, UP books must be at least 100 pages in length after typesetting. For most books, this means about 15,000 words. However, there are some exceptions, such as illustrated books, children's books, and poetry. In these cases, the word count can be lower, provided that there is enough material to fill about 100 pages.
Can artwork be included?
Yes. UP titles have glossy, full-color covers that are custom-designed to reflect the subject matter. Inside the book, line art (images in black and white with no shades of gray) reproduces better than images that require halftones, such as photographs with several shades of gray. However, photos may be included provided they have good contrast. We prefer to work with camera-ready originals, but can also use 300+ dpi files in TIFF, JPG, or BMP formats if large enough. Please click HERE for detailed information about interior images. We normally allow for up to five interior images at the standard rate.
Is promotion included?
Yes. We provide the following marketing services to help launch the book, usually during the first 90 days after release:
We fax up to 100 press releases (sometimes more) about new books to newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations. We also send announcements by fax, e-mail or post to bookstores, libraries and Web sites focusing on related subjects.
We assist in arranging for book reviews and interviews with members of the working press.
We create a unique Web page for each new book, to save readers the trouble of searching through catalogs that list thousands -- or millions -- of other books.
On a case-by-case basis, we also assist in negotiating deals with conventional publishers, book clubs, for foreign rights and translations, and bulk sales to institutional buyers, if appropriate.
UP is also forthright in disclosing that our efforts are not a substitute for your own. Our services are usually effective for launching a new release, but are typically completed within 90 days of publication. Yet a major benefit of POD book publishing is that most titles can remain in distribution almost indefinitely after release. For this reason, if you are serious about reaching a broad audience, you must be commited to consistent, ongoing efforts to promote and market your book in the months -- or years -- that follow.
Can I write my own press release, or pick the media that receive it?
No. UP uses an automated but highly effective system to generate news releases. However, we will be happy to send you a copy by e-mail after release, upon request. You are welcome to print and mail additional copies anywhere you like. Our news desk will service inquiries from any member of the working press, whether they are responding to an announcement sent by us, or by you.
Why should I choose UP instead of another company?
We are a "real" publishing firm, not a fee-for-service company. UP does not charge fees from authors, nor inflated prices when books are ordered by readers -- or writers.
Our books are professional quality, and widely covered by the media as a result. Don't take our word for it; click HERE for documented reports.
UP has dual manufacturing and distribution from BOTH of the world's largest wholesalers, and a liberal return policy for selected retailers, all but unknown from other POD publishers.
Our policies reward authors who are proactive about the promotion and marketing of their books. If you are serious about reaching a broad audience, you can earn $6 to $9 per book ordered at live events or your own Web site, instead of a small percentage of cover price.
I'm a popular author. Why should I choose UP instead of a conventional publisher?
For starters, just try to find a traditional publishing house that shares up to 50% of net revenues from retail sales with the author. Next, compare the quality of UP books to those of our POD competitors. Last but not least, compare our distribution and return policies.
Or click HERE for examples of widely published authors who have chosen UP, and ask yourself why so many writers of stature publish with us.
UP is focused on quality, not quantity. We don't boast about releasing thousands of titles each year ... many of which hold little or no appeal to the public. We prefer to work with a more select group of professional authors and co-publishers, to produce quality books that have lasting appeal to readers for years to come.
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