At Artisan Bookworks, our goal is to help you successfully bring your book to print. We pay attention to quality and book publishing conventions.
Q: I only need to have my manuscript copyedited. Do I have to purchase a publishing package?
A: Absolutely not. We offer the convenience of packages as well as fee-based a al carte services to ensure indie authors and self-publishers get the most value for their money, but you are in no way under any obligation to purchase more than you feel you need.
Q: I’m only purchasing graphic design services. Do you proofread those projects as well?
A: We won’t release any files without checking to make sure the copy is error-free. All graphic design work includes a final proofread because there usually isn’t a lot of verbiage involved. Concerns such as this will always be covered when we provide you with an estimate for your project.
Q: Can you create web images from a cover I provide?
A: In most cases, yes. It’s helpful if you can provide us with the native Photoshop (.psd) file or Adobe Illustrator vector file (.eps or .ai) so that we have the best control over the final results.
Q: Can you create a wraparound print cover from an ebook cover I provide?
A: Generally, most of the time we can, as long as you have a high-resolution .jpg of the ebook cover that’s at least 6×9 inches at 300 dpi. It’s best if you can provide the native file, since print requirements are more rigorous than ebook requirements, and we may have to move the text or other elements around.
Q: How do I know your electronic files are formatted correctly for Kindle, Nook, or iBooks?
A: We have experience creating files for all these platforms and test our file output to make sure it’s as clean as possible. If you should ever experience any issues with the electronic files we give you, we will create new files and send them to you at no extra charge.
Q: Why should I worry about purchasing interior text layout? Can’t I do pretty much the same thing in Word?
A: Not really. Word is a word-processing program; it is not set up for the kind of precise text management that a desktop-publishing program such as Adobe InDesign provides. A word processor is unable to make delicate adjustments in kerning and tracking so that text on a page looks clean and evenly spaced. Also, if you have any images you need inserted in your text, it’s much more difficult to achieve visually appealing text wrapping when using a word-processing program.
Q: I’m confused. If I pay you to edit and design my book, isn’t that the same thing as vanity publishing?
A: Absolutely not. If you use our company for any of its services, whether editorial or design, you are exercising your rights as an independent author/publisher. We do not expect a portion of your royalties once your book is in the marketplace unless you choose to publish your book through Artisan Bookworks. Otherwise, think of us simply as an independent contractor you hire to provide certain production services. Once we’re finished with your project, you will receive all files related to that project.
Q: I don’t know anything about printing. Will you help me with that side of the project?
A: We will offer advice and support throughout the production process. We pride ourselves on producing the cleanest print-ready files so there are no “surprises” when you get to the end of your project. If you’re using a local printer, we can send the files directly, if you prefer. For authors wanting print books, we typically create files that match the three largest providers — Lightning Source (Ingram), CreateSpace, and Lulu — press-ready file requirements.
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
A: We accept Credit Cards and PayPal (which will allow you to use either a credit card or your bank account). We require payment in advance of project commencement.
Q: Once my book is published, do you provide any marketing or publicity services?
A: We will be promoting your books on artisanbookworks.com, as well as in communications with booksellers, the media, and selected trade shows.
Q: How much of each book sale (i.e. what %) do authors receive? Does that differ by POD and e-book editions? And why would a self-published author need or want Artisan Bookworks to manage their accounts?
A: Artisan Bookworks pays authors a net royalty of sixty percent on all trade paperbacks and ebooks sold. The net sales price is the amount determined by the difference between the retail sales price as set by the author, less wholesale and other trade discounts and publisher fees and expenses. We provide quarterly statements to all of our authors. There are a lot of small details to stay on top of, one of the most complicated is metadata. Our authors can contact us with problems and we will keep their accounts running smoothly.
Q: Does SWP pay out royalties?
A: Yes, royalties are paid within thirty days of the close of the quarters that fall on March 31st, June 30, September 30, and December 31, when the amount of royalties earned is $20.00 or more. Royalties will not be paid on copies sold directly to the author or on books that are returned.
Q: What does Artisan Bookworks offer by way of marketing and publicity? Do you recommend hiring an outside publicist?
A: The only marketing offered through Artisan Bookworks as part of our publishing package is the basic marketing that happens as a result of our efforts to market our own books at a macro level. We create our own annual catalog. We offer a pre-launch Marketing & Publicity Package, available for purchase. We leave the decision about whether to hire a publicist to the author, but we do encourage it.
Q: How does Artisan Bookworks handle fulfillment?
A: We do not offer fulfillment services on direct sales from authors’ websites. The only option for direct fulfillment is for the author to place orders for a case or more. If you so choose, you can fulfill your own single orders directly from your website, making sure to factor in the cost of shipping and handling.
Q: Does Artisan Bookworks offer advanced galleys?
We highly recommend that authors use their final books as galleys. To do this, books have to be completed and uploaded to the POD printer far enough in advance that those copies become default galley copies. This means holding your finished books for publication.
A: Can Artisan Bookworks authors get their books into bookstores?
Q: Any bookstore interested in carrying your book can order directly through a wholesaler, IngramBooks, or its partners.