Frequently Asked Questions
What types of editing do you offer?
We offer (2) levels of editing:
Copy Editing: Editing includes grammar, punctuation, consistency and word usage.
Content Editing: Editing includes sentence restructuring, line-by-line commentary review & critique for concept consistency, organization, flow, cohesiveness, intended use and marketability.
Can I use my own editor?
Yes, you can use your own editor.
What does the editor do?
Editors plan, revise, and coordinate material for publication. They review your manuscript line-by-line and do a comprehensive edit for structure, spelling and grammar, story ideas, make sure that the chapters flow smoothly and offer suggestions to improve the problication. They also ensure that the tone of your book matches the message you want to convey.
Does the editor work one-on-one with all the authors?
No our editors do not directly deal with clients. However, once the editor has completed your manuscript a new manuscript with the changes will be sent to you. If there are any questions about the people, places, events, or if any vital information information is missing, or, if we feel the subject matter needs to be shifted you will be notified.
Am I able to make editorial changes to my book once its been published?
Yes, however if interior text changes are made after the approval for distribution has been granted there is a $125 fee for additional revision’s to be made.
What is a round of revisions and alterations? What is the process for this?
Once a design draft is presented, you will have a week to provide your feedback. Once all of your comments, ideas and questions are consolidated and we provide a new version, that’s the end of that round of revision.
What is the turnaround time for revisions?
It varies depending on the length of the project. Our design team always makes their best attempt to get revisions completed as soon as possible, however due to restrained time schedules we generally attempt to complete all minor revisions within 3-4 business days and major revisions within 7-14 business days.
Will I be able to use my own graphic designer for my book cover or am I required to use yours?
Yes, you have the option to use your own graphic designer as long as the book cover meets the production specifications.
Can I use my own cover art?
Yes, you can submit your cover art for review. The cover art provided must either be owned by the author or does not have an existing copyright on it.
What’s the turnaround time for illustrations?
The initial sketch for character development generally takes 7-10 business days for small projects and 6-10 weeks for larger ones.
NOTE: If content will be included in an illustration, the you’ll need to provide in separate Microsoft Word file with the text.
How many revisions do I get for the cover or other graphic designs?
Two revisions are included for all graphic designs at no extra charge. There is a $75 fee for each additional revision thereafter or authors have the option of submitting their own images.
Could I come back at a later date to purchase additional graphics for book promotion?
Printing, Ordering, & Sales
Is print-on-demand available, or is there a minimum number of books required for ordering?
Yes, print-on-demand service is always available. When you are ready order additional copies simply email us or give us a call. No, there are no minimum required.
Can I change the price of my book? If so, how?
Yes, simply send us your suggested price change, and we’ll make the change for you.
How much control do I have over my written work?
You have complete control.
Will you handle all aspects of the publishing process for me?
Yes. We handle every aspect of the publishing process for you including editing, page design, typesetting, cover design, printing, distribution, copyright registration, book trailer, royalty management, and more. You retain all rights and ownership in your book and in all work we create on your behalf.
What would you need from me for promotion?
We do not need anything from you to promote your book. We promote your book on our website and social media pages. We will assist you in the marketing of your book, however we do not solely market your book for you. We provide you with tips, tools, strategies, guidance, and ideas for marketing your book.
Do you accept handwritten and audio manuscripts for publication?
Yes, we do! We understand not everyone may not have strong computer skills, that's why we have data entry consultants on staff who would love to type your manuscript for you. For handwritten manuscripts please make sure your handwriting is legible and for audio recordings we are asking that you speak clearly and your words are pronounced.
What is my upfront cost and how does that affect my royalties?
The upfront costs vary according to which publishing package you select.
Your upfront cost does not affect your royalties at all.
If I choose you as my publisher, how often will we discuss the progression of my book during the publishing process?
You will be provided with regular updates at every stage of the process via email regarding the publishing of your book. We can also facetime or video messenger you if you desire. Your active participation throughout the process is needed. You will be sent proofs for various parts of the process that will require your approval in order to move forward.
Will I get physical copies of my book?
Yes. All of our publishing packages come with complimentary copies.
How do I order copies of my book?
You may order books directly from Pen2Pad Ink Publishing, by calling us directly at 214-392-5716.
Is there a minimum quantity for orders?
No. You can order as few as one copy at a time.
How much does a book cost?
The costs of printing paperbacks and hardcover books vary with the size and page count of the book.
How much do I make off of the sale of each book?
Our authors are paid 70% of the net on all book sales after printing expenses.
What are royalties and when do you get them?
Royalties are the percentage of money the author receives from the sale of their book. Pen2Pad Ink pays on sales that occur during the previous 90-120 days after from the date of the first sale. Which means that any sales that occur within the past 3-month will NOT be paid out but will roll over. This means that our authors are getting paid on sales made during a 3-4 month period.
Why so long? Because this allows time for us to get paid by the distributor, which can take a few months.
How long will it take to publish my book?
We strive to publish our books within 90 days unless it is being written by our team of writing consultants as well. Many of our authors see their books available through major print and online distribution channels within the first 14 – 90 days of its release date.
Will the publisher send books to the distributors?
Yes. We upload your files to the distribution company database, who then sends the files to the online retailers for purchase and print-on-demand services.
Once the book is ready for release, would I have to contact companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. to get my work available for purchase, or will Pen2Pad Ink do that?
Pen2Pad Ink Publishing handles all methods of distribution. It can take 60-90 days for all books to become visible depending on our retailers, their location and how often they process new orders. However, you will be able to see your book populated on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble within the first week of submission to our distribution channels.
Where will my books be distributed?
Books are placed with 39,000 online retailers, specialty stores, chain bookstores, and independent bookstores throughout the nation. Your book will also be available in over 200 countries internationally.
Can I use the names of real people, places, and businesses in my book?
No, to prevent claims of defamation you can not include anything that could negatively reflect on a living person or business's reputation. This is also known as libel or slander. In order to tell a story involving libel or revealing private information about other people, the author must obtain written permission from the individual to use their name in their story, or the author needs to hide the identities of all people by performing the following steps.
Author must use a pen name in all locations where their real name would have appeared in the book and/or on the cover.
False names, or no names at all, must be made for all other people mentioned in the work.
False names, or no name at all, must be made for businesses such as restaurants, hospitals, organizations/clubs, educational establishments, such as high schools and universities, etc.
Can I use information from a public domain in my book?
Yes, however it can be no more than 10% of the material included in your book.
- Any text or images not created by the author requires written permission from the creator or the copyright holder.
- It is the author’s responsibility to obtain this permission.
- Written permission is required for all trademarks, logos, military pins, badges, medals, and official seals.
- At least 75% of the book’s content must be original material created by the author.
- Should your manuscript contain would from a public domain, existing published book, etc. site referenced work within your pages and provide copies of the original material.
- Material created before 1900 is considered in the public domain and can be used without permission.
- Fair Use guidelines allow for a portion of a work to be quoted verbatim. Our policy allows for the following amounts to be quoted without express written permission:
- Poetry or song lyrics: No more than four lines, or 10% of the song or poem, whichever is less.
- Articles: No more than three sentences, or 10% of the article, whichever is less.
- Books: No more than 300 words.
Services & Pricing
How much might this cost me if my book is accepted by your company?
The investment required of our accepted authors to bring a book to the worldwide market varies based upon needs and desires of the author. All of our authors undertake the production, distribution, and marketing of their book via a short-term, affordable monthly installment plan which can be recovered by the author from book sale proceeds.
What are your service fees?
Our standard publishing service rates range between $865 – $3,799 and are based on your specific goals and needs. We also offer exclusive add-on services and a build your own package which offer you the flexibility to choose to customize your needs.
Do you offer installment plans?
Yes. We offer flexible payment options to help you manifest your dream into a reality, without putting a strain on your pockets all at the same time! All installment payments are due within the first (30–120) days of the signed contractual agreement. Please Note: Payment plans must be completed prior to work being published.
Do you offer ghost writing services?
Yes. Our editorial team can produce your entire manuscript for you using various methods of obtaining your vision, concept, thoughts and voice.
Can I submit my manuscript to Pen2Pad Ink if it has been published in the past?
Yes! Here at Pen2Pad Ink, we not only love new titles but previous titles as well! If you have a book that was previously published and it didn’t do so well, we want to help. As long as you have recovered the rights to your work we are more than happy to work with you. Our goal is to have your book publishing in a timely manner with marketing techniques to help you launch your book successfully.
Our team will work with you to fix any issues you prevoiusly had and ensure success the second time around. Pen2Pad Ink can re-publish your work as an “updated edition” or “second edition". We will also make all other necessary changes including a new cover and correcting any errors that occurred during the prior publication process. It will be a completely fresh start!
What formats do Pen2Pad Ink publish their books in?
We currently specialize in ebooks, print on demand hardcover and paperback books.
How will my authors website be managed?
All of our clients websites are designed, run, and maintained by Pen2Pad Ink Publishing.
What is Pe2Pad Ink’s return policy?
Pen2Pad Ink will happily replace any books with physical defects, free of charge. When we order your books they are custom manufactured just for you so the industry standard for print on demand is that no other returns are accepted.
What do I need to provide in order for you to review my book?
A completed manuscript typed in Microsoft Word is preferable. However we will accept PDFs. If you have your manuscript in a different format, just let us know and chances are we can make it work.