Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an ISBN and barcode for my book? If so, how do I obtain those?

Whether or not you need an ISBN and barcode depends on why you wrote the book and who the target audience is. If it’s a collection of your grandmother’s memoirs you’re publishing, with the intention of sharing the book with the family, then you probably don’t need to have an ISBN or a barcode.

If you’re publishing your business expertise, with the hopes of increasing your credibility and recognition, and intend to sell the book online, then absolutely, you should have both an ISBN and a barcode.

Think of the ISBN as a social security number for your book. It’s a 13 digit unique identifier that identifies one specific version of your book. (And if you offer your book as a soft cover and a hard cover both, you will need two unique ISBN numbers.)

You can purchase both from Braughler Books or at Bowker.com. If you purchase them through us,  we’ll also handle the registration for you.

Do I need to commit to have thousands of my book run in order to get a reasonable price on them?

Not at all. We’ll work with you to find a combination of quantity and price point that makes sense for you, your market, and your budget.

Do I really need to file a copyright on my book?

Absolutely yes. You owe it to yourself to do this — it protects your work. The cost is likely less than you would expect – the Copyright Office of the U.S. Government charges $35 for most filings. You can do that yourself, or have Braughler Books handle that for you, for an additional $20 fee.

To learn more about copyright, click here.

How much does it cost to have my book made?

The cost of your book will be determined by a number of things: book size, page count, how much layout work or assistance with cover design you might need, the type of binding, and of course, the quantity of books you plan to have run. Our pricing is calculated for each individual project, based on your book.

I don’t know how to price my book – all those numbers make my head spin. Can someone at Braughler Books help me sort that out?

Yes, we can. We’ll do our best to help you understand how to take into account not only the cost of the book and the retail price you might sell it at, but also the cost of distribution so that you can market and sell your book with your eyes wide open.

I don’t like automated phone systems. Can I actually speak to a human at Braughler Books?

When you call into Braughler Books, you will be connected with one of our Publishing Advisors. You may need to leave a message, but rest assured, someone will return your call within 24 hours.

I don’t want my books to be printed overseas somewhere. Does Braughler Books print here in the US?

We certainly do! We print and bind our color and black and white books right here in the US.

I want to sell my books on Amazon. Will Braughler Books be able to help me with that?

We’d be happy to. We’ve helped authors get their print books and e-books listed for sale on Amazon, and some have even gone on to become Amazon Bestsellers!

I’ve heard it can take a year or more for some authors to receive their books. How long will it take for me to get my books, once Braughler Books has my files?

Many variables impact the production time of a book. The typical process starts with the author emailing a manuscript file to Braughler Books. A publishing advisor will schedule a call or meeting with you to discuss your book. We like to understand why you wrote the book, who it’s for, and what you would like help with as your book is published. From there, our design team creates a cover, lays out the interior and then provides you with a digital proof. Upon approval of the digital proof, we then provide a hard copy (printed) proof for you to review. We want to be sure you’re REALLY, REALLY sure it’s ready to go to print. From approved print files, you could have your books in hand in 2-3 weeks.

We have had some authors who published in as little as 5-6 weeks, and others who took their time over the course of a few months to get it just right.

For a step by step understanding of all the steps the team at Braughler Books will go through with you as you on your book, click over to our resources page and select the process for new books or previously printed books.

What about shipping my orders? Can Braughler Books help with that?

Braughler Books ships books daily to locations here in the United States, as well as overseas. We can help with simple drop shipments as well as handle fulfillment of online orders for you if you’d like.

What’s an ideal time to start my marketing efforts?

In an ideal world, you would start your marketing efforts as you write your book. You can post teasers from your fictional work, or share insights from your business book online through social media, and begin to develop a following – your potential buyers. And if your book is nearly done, that’s not to say you shouldn’t get right to work doing some of the same things, only now you can also add book signings as well. Our publishing advisors may suggest additional ideas, once they get to know more about you and your book!

What’s the minimum number of books I can have run?

While there’s no minimum at Braughler Books, the fact is, your cost per book with a run of 100 books (for example) will make it much easier to price out so that your target reader will purchase it. Our publishing advisors will work with you to help you determine the best ratio of cost per book to quantity purchased.

Will I have to give up the rights to my book when I publish with Braughler Books?

Absolutely not – at Braughler Books, your rights to your books will always be yours.

Have another question that you don’t see answered here?

If you have a question different from anything listed above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!