Frequently Asked Questions 2018-03-10T16:03:05+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve placed answers to many of the questions we hear from you most below.

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Can I hire my own cover designer or illustrator and still publish with Braughler Books? 2018-04-22T07:04:04+00:00

You certainly can. We have very specific technical requirements for cover layouts that need to be met in order for the book to print properly, and to look attractive online. While some of those requirements are fairly obvious to many designers, some are not. Save yourself (and us!) any potential headaches by letting us know early in the process what you have in mind. We’re happy to provide cover art requirements, and in some cases, can speak directly with your designer to ensure a smooth publishing process with no unexpected surprises.

Do I really need to file a copyright on my book? 2018-02-06T06:36:06+00:00

Yes, you really do.

You owe it to yourself to file formal copyright — it protects your work. (Simply mailing a copy to yourself won’t offer the same levels of protection.) The cost is likely less than you would expect – the Copyright Office of the U.S. Government charges $35 for most individual filings and $55 for filings involving more than one contributor (such as a children’s book author and illustrator.) You can do that yourself, or have Braughler Books handle that for you, for an additional $20 fee.

Learn more about copyright from the U.S. Copyright Office:

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I don’t like automated phone systems. Can I actually speak to a human at Braughler Books? 2018-02-05T16:14:52+00:00

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.

Call us now at (937) 58-BOOKS! 

(937) 58-BOOKS
I want to sell my books on Amazon. Will Braughler Books be able to help me with that? 2018-02-05T16:15:17+00:00

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 Best Sellers!

I don’t want my books to be printed overseas somewhere. Does Braughler Books print here in the US? 2018-02-05T16:15:32+00:00

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

What about shipping my orders? Can Braughler Books help with that? 2018-02-05T16:15:50+00:00

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.

Will I have to give up the rights to my book when I publish with Braughler Books? 2018-02-05T16:16:30+00:00

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

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? 2018-04-22T06:48:51+00:00

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 months.

We have had some authors who published in as little as 5-6 weeks, and others who took their time over the course of 6-8 months to get it just right.

And when you’ve sold out of your books and simply need reprints? The average time to receive those is just 2-3 weeks.

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 Downloads page and select the process for new books or previously published and printed books.

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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? 2018-02-05T16:18:04+00:00

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.

How much does it cost to have my book made? 2018-04-22T06:55:31+00:00

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 (paperback? hard cover?), and of course, the quantity of books you plan to have run. Our pricing is calculated for each individual project, based on your book.

We’ve provided pages on this website for several specific book genres – and those each have estimated costs listed. While not all genres are currently represented on the site (more genre pages are coming), the current pages will give you a sense of what costs you could be looking at.

Children’s Books     Business Books   Memoirs   Nonfiction Books

What’s the minimum number of books I can have run? 2018-02-06T06:08:07+00:00

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.

Many of our authors have found that their initial (first) order of books is larger than later reprint runs. And with a typical turnaround time of 2 weeks on reprints, we’ll work with you to ensure you don’t unexpectedly run out of books.

 

Do I need to commit to have thousands of my book run in order to get a reasonable price on them? 2018-02-05T16:18:46+00:00

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 need an ISBN and barcode for my book? If so, how do I obtain those? 2018-02-05T16:19:14+00:00

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.

What’s an ideal time to start my marketing efforts? 2018-02-06T06:04:23+00:00

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.

A concentrated and well developed marketing and PR campaign for your book will have a significant impact on the success of your book. While the strengths of the Braughler Books team lies in the creation of beautiful books, we have highly experienced professional partners who excel in marketing and PR for independent authors. Contact your Publishing Advisor for more information.

Will Braughler Books take my manuscript, send me a nice big check so that I can sit on a beach somewhere while they publish it and line me up for a national book signing tour? 2018-04-22T06:59:21+00:00

While all of our authors would love that nice big advance check and bookings on the national talk shows, that isn’t the business model that Braughler Books operates under. Ours is a hybrid publishing model – and is very collaborative – meaning the author shares in the work, and the costs of publishing. But don’t misunderstand, our authors love the control that affords them – to call the shots, to have full control over aspects like the cover, and where and how the book is marketed. (And they wouldn’t have it any other way.)

We do have some specific packages by genre as well: Children’s Books, Memoirs, Business Books, and Nonfiction. And if you don’t see exactly what you think fits your book, just contact us!

What kind of files should I send to Braughler Books? And where do I send those? 2018-02-06T06:31:56+00:00

Our prepress team prefers to work with Word documents for layout of your book. If you have unique formatting in your manuscript (lots of indented, tabbed sections, numerous captions and/or footnotes), it’s also helpful to have a PDF of your manuscript as well. That way we have the opportunity to see what you had in mind for the layout.

If your book will have photographs/charts/tables or similar elements, we prefer to have those elements as standalone files, in addition to the Word document. That allows us to ensure they reproduce at the highest quality possible when we layout your book.

You can share your files with us in several ways – on a CD, a flash drive, or through one of the online file sharing services (like DropBox or Google Drive.)

Contact one of our Publishing Advisors for more information on the specifics of file types and file transfers.

Please be advised – we don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, so it’s important that you first speak with a Publishing Advisor before sending us your files or links. (Just like you, we won’t click on files or unsolicited/unexpected links in emails, so no actions will be taken on your files if you don’t speak with someone first.)

What should I have with me when I meet with/talk to my publisher? 2018-04-22T05:44:18+00:00

The best thing you can bring to that discussion is an understanding of what you want. What are your expectations of the publisher, and what do you want for your book? Being able to clearly answer those two questions will enable your publisher to effectively and quickly determine how they can best meet your needs (or quickly determine if they can’t.) Additionally, there’s three other key items that will help make the publishing process more enjoyable.

One. Be able to provide a version of your manuscript that’s ready to go. Don’t assume that you will have the opportunity to make significant edits or rewrites through the process. While changes *can* be made, it’s time consuming and adds expense, and can be frustrating for your publisher. Correcting the errant misspelling is one thing, but rewriting sections of your manuscript should be completed prior to handing it over for layout.

Two. Know what you would like for a cover – and what you don’t like. Many publishers are happy to create a wide range of cover designs for your book, but being able to cite specific examples of books (look them up by title, on Amazon) will speed the process up considerably.

Three. Know who the book is for. (Don’t say “everyone.”) While anyone may be able to physically read your book, who do you think it will have the most impact on? Who will the underlying message of your book speak to? Chances are, if it’s a book you wrote for people of a mindset similar to yours, be able to vocalize that to your publisher – the audience can have a big impact on the layout and design of your book.

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