Self Book Publishing FAQ's

How am I paid?
You will be paid by check on a 120-day lag monthly. If the royalty is under $100 it will be applied to the next months check until $100 is reached.
How do I secure the copyright of my book? Do you have a copyright attorney I can work with?
Izzard Ink works with a very experience Intellectual Property Attorney that can file your copyright with the United States Copyright Office. This can be done for $450. The fee may vary if it is a more complex case. To be sure of the cost feel free to contact us for a firm quote.
I want my book at the Library of Congress. Can Izzard Ink make that happen?
Absolutely. Izzard Ink can assign your book a pre-control number from the Library of Congress. Once the book is printed Izzard Ink will mail the best version (hardback if available) of your book to the Library of Congress. There is a charge of $195 and you do not have to lift a finger to have your book at the Library of Congress.
I am a new author. Should I invest in a print run?
You can do what you think is best. We have found for new authors it is best to focus on the creation of your book then funneling money into a press run. It can cost thousands to do a print run.
What is print on demand publishing? What are the advantages?
Print on demand publishing is when a book is ordered then it is printed. This method really takes the guesswork out of planning how many books to print for a press run. It also always meets demand as we can print as many books are ordered. There is no shipping from the printer to distribution centers. It also saves money from book storage fees.
Can I do a press run with Izzard Ink?
Yes. Izzard Ink works directly with Ingram Distribution if you decide a press run is best for your book. Keep in mind there are additional storage fees that will apply.
Can I change my book once it goes to press?
If you have chosen print on demand publishing you can change the cover and manuscript. There is a $395 change fee for each print and eBook version.
Is there a referral program available for author's I refer to Izzard Ink?
Yes. Send us a message about the author you are referring. Then make sure the author lets us know as well who referred them. Once payment in full is received from the author and the projects are complete you will receive payment (taxes may apply) as outline below. For a 25% bonus redeem your referral bonus for Izzard Ink Publishing company credit.
  • Design--$50
  • Layout--$50
  • Editing--$50
  • Audiobook--$50
Do I own the copyright to my book, book cover, and audiobooks?
You own the copyright for everything created. You own the copyright to the cover, layout, content, and audiobook.
How involved in the book process am I?
You are the author and you have the final say on how your book will look. Keep in mind that our experts have many years of publishing experience and will do their best to make your project successful.
What is the mission statement of Izzard Ink Publishing?
Bring big publishing talent to all authors.
Do I have to take advantage of all of the services or can I just pick and choose?
You can pick and choose what services you want. If you want to be published by Izzard Ink Publishing, you will need to purchase at least a design package and have your book copy edited by an experienced editor.
How much do the different services cost?
All publishing projects are different. The cost will vary and so will your needs.
  • A basic eBook cover design starts at $1995.
  • Editing will vary by length.
  • Audiobooks are priced by length.
  • Distribution packages start at $495 and $1.00 per books sold.
Does Izzard Ink Publishing work with authors to publish fiction or non-fiction books?
Both. Izzard Ink Publishing will sit down with you and will make sure that our team has enough experience in your area you plan to publish in. What is the time frame to expect for each service? It all depends on the type of project you are undertaking.
  • Cover designs and layouts typically take 30-45 days.
  • Editing depends on the length of your book but average is 2-3 months.
  • Distribution takes about 30 days to get the proof approved and get the book in the distribution channels.
  • Audiobooks vary on the length of the book. Most are finished within 30-60 days.
  • Illustrations can take 30-45 days.
I have written several best selling books in the past. I hold the copyright and I am not bound by a publisher agreement. Can Izzard Ink Publishing help update my books and increase distribution?
Yes we can. We have helped authors update their books as well as increase their distribution outlets. It is a good idea to keep best-selling books looking fresh.
I have been a self-published author in the past. The book has sold well. Can Izzard Ink help increase distribution and design of my book?
Yes. We work well with books that have quality content. This option works well with self-published authors who have a following for their books. Izzard Ink can make sure your successful book is copy edited and has a great design and layout.
Will all of my books be designed, edited and printed in the United States?
Yes. We do not out source. Everything is done in the United States.
How come there are not more members on the Izzard Ink Publishing staff that design, edit, or narrate a book?
Izzard Ink Publishing uses a team of proven people. We have all worked together on the past on many projects. Izzard Ink Publishing established this method so you do not have to guess about the quality of work you will receive on your book projects.
Would Izzard Ink Publishing just do an hour or two of consulting with me?
Yes. In the past our Publishing Manager has consulted with a New York Times Best Selling author. We helped him get his social media outlets in order. We also went over the importance of setting up Amazon Author Central. If you just need consulting we can help.

Self book publishing has the end goal of others finding and reading your book. The polishing touches have just been added.

Now comes the most critical part of your books success, distribution and marketing. There are three things needed.

1. Does the cover appeal to get prospective buyers?
2. Does your book have the necessary reviews to convince a reader to purchase you book?
3. Is your book available at bookstores?

Great Covers Get Great Exposure

Get on down to your nearest Barnes & Noble, grab a drink, some chocolate, and take a few minutes to observe the readers. The first impression of a book is the cover.

If the cover is appealing, one will thumb through the interior of the book and read the back of the book. The longer a potential reader has your book in their hand the better chance you have of selling the book.

It is imperative that a cover appeals not only to perspective readers but also book retailers who give your book self space. Also, do not overlook the design of the books spine.

Retailer shelf space is limited and most books don't get displayed cover faced out. Another reason to have a compelling cover. It adds to the overall image of the bookstore. Great covers get great exposure.

Izzard Ink's cover designers have years of experience with major publishers.  Our designers know what it takes to create an appealing cover and interior layout.

Self Book Publishing Reviews

Let's face it. For the most part we read what our peers suggest as well as on-line reviews. Obtaining reviews can be a daunting task. A good place to start is with your professional and personal network. Another place to obtain reviews is from researching different organizations that could benefit from your book.

A third option would be paying for a professional review. Getting at least five solid reviews is one of the most important steps in laying the foundation for a successful book.

A lot time blood sweat and tears have been put into your book but is it available for purchase? Many self book publishing authors think it is enough just to sell their book at the big retailers. Utilizing this method can result in at least a 30% reduction in sales.

In addition, take a look at how your title looks on websites. Make sure it is appealing and your reviews are showcased. Also consider making your title available in hardback, paperback, eBook and audiobook.

Bookstores Sell Your Book

Self book publishing comes up short for most self-publishers due to a lack of planning. It is important to have the entire book publishing process planned out to allow time for everything that will give your book the best shot of making the best sellers list.

Want to distribute your book to 39,000 book retailers all over the world? Contact Izzard Ink and find out how to make your book available to as many as you can. Involving our services from the being can save you from making some irreversible mistakes.

What formats of books does Izzard Ink Publishing deal with?
We have eBook, paperback, hardback, minibook and audiobook options.
How many books stores will my books be available in?
Izzard Ink has partnered with Ingram so your books will be available in 39,000 bookstores all over the world.
What eBook outlets do you currently work with?
Currently Izzard Ink Publishing is working with Apple, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Google. Those are the four major players. We will be adding more eBook retailers shortly.
What is the cost of distribution?
The setup fee is $495. A per book sold fee of $1.50 is also charged to upkeep the distribution network. If you are listing a hardback, paperback and eBook, of the same title, the setup fee is $995. Audiobooks have a setup fee of $95 and a per download charge of $1.00. The length of distribution agreement is seven years.
What is included in the distribution package?
  • ISBN for each edition
  • Print distribution in up to 39,000 retailers all over the world for a minimum of three years.
  • Ad placed in the Ingram catalog that goes out to retailers.
  • eBook distribution on Amazon, iBook, Nook, and Google Play
  • Access to post blogs on Izzard Ink's website
  • Access to promote your videos on Izzard Ink's YouTube Channel
  • Author's page on Izzard Ink website
  • Audiobooks will be available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes
Can I really get on national radio and TV shows?
Annie, head of our Public Relations Department, will review your biography and your book. Once she knows you are a good fit for radio, you will only be charged for the shows you are on. Once you have proven yourself on a few radio shows, Annie can start to find out what TV shows are interested in you. There is a one-time fee to be considered for TV appearances. After that, you will only be charged for the television shows in which you make an appearance.

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