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.
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 UP?
Short nonfiction books about subjects with lasting interest to readers are preferred. But we also publish books in other genres, provided there is a clear audience, and the author has an ambitious yet realistic marketing plan.
What kind of books are NOT suitable for UP?
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 specialty-novelty 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.
Does UP accept all submissions?
No. We prefer to bring back previously published books that have gone out of print, and new books by previously published writers.
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 suggest alternatives.
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.
How long does it take?
An initial printing is usually possible 90 days after submission of a 100% completed manuscript. Please click HERE for a detailed timeline.
Who holds the rights?
You convey exclusive rights to the writing to UP for a period of three to five years. UP handles the interior and cover design at our own expense, retaining all rights unless otherwise granted in writing.
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.
However, online promotion by the author is vital. You should be prepared to devote at least a couple hours each week searching online for readers who hold a specific interest in the subject matter of the book, then notifying them.
You should also consider opening a free Blog account at Wordpress.com or Blogger.com, and joining social media such as Facebook and WeRead.com.
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. We use several different printers and will forward RFQs to a suitable printer on request.
Where can readers buy UP books?
Most has distribution from 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.
However, in spite of UP's mainstream distribution outlets, we always emphasize sales made at live author events, orders placed at Blogs and Web sites of authors, and selling books through specialty outlets other than bookstores. This approach bypasses the big discounts expected by conventional wholesalers and booksellers, and avoids returns of unsold books.
How much do I earn on each sale?
Standard royalties are 10% of cover price. But authors may obtain copies in bulk for re-sale at 40% to 50% less. In the latter scenario, the author can earn up to 50% of cover price.
In cases where UP sells translation rights, bulk printings of special editions and other special sales, the author is paid 10% of cover price or 50% of net, whichever is less. UP has sold as many as 12,000 books in a single order, splitting $1,800 with the author.
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.
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.
Can artwork be included?
Yes. UP titles have glossy, full-color covers with vibrant artwork. 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 robust enough. Please click HERE for detailed information about interior images. We normally allow for up to one image per ten pages.
How are UP books promoted?
First, the author submits a list of up to 25 potential book reviewers. UP queries qualified outlets to offer advance copies at our expense.
After public release, we fax up to 100 press releases 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 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 books, all but unknown from other POD publishers.
Our policies reward authors who are proactive about the promotion and marketing of their books.
I'm a popular author. Why should I choose UP instead of a conventional publisher?
UP is proud to publish writers whose work was formerly published by some of the world's most well known imprints, including Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Hazelden, Kensington and more.
Click HERE for examples of widely published authors who have chosen UP.
UP is focused on quality, not quantity. We don't flood the market with marginal material. We prefer to work with a more select group of professionals to produce quality books that hold lasting appeal to readers for years to come.
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