Can I work with you strictly through email/phone contact?
Yes. There's no need for you to come in to our office. We can work with you through email, regular mail, and phone contact. For those who want to come in, you're more than welcome to come in and speak with us.
Do you create covers for authors?
We’re here to help authors self-publish their books and are willing to help in any way we can. We’ve helped authors create covers, free of charge, but don’t guarantee the cover. Sometimes colors don’t print the same as what’s seen on the computer screen (see below for explanation). We will help authors find someone to help with their cover if they're interested in having an artist create it for them.
What types of files do your cover templates come as?
You can request the book cover template in the following file types:
InDesign CS3 & newer
Why do book cover colors differ from what’s seen on the computer screen?
Covers are printed in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) format. Computer monitors emit color as RGB (Red, Green, Blue). The computer program (software) that you choose to create your cover may also use RGB format instead of CMYK. We will supply you with digital file submission standards to help you in creating your files. We will also work with you in any way we can to help you create your files.
Would you recommend getting a copyright?
Although your work is copyrighted the moment it’s created, getting a formal copyright makes it easier to prove the work is yours if it were to go to court. There are other ways to prove your work belongs to you. If you work with an editor, illustrator, publisher, etc., they could verify the dates that you submitted the work to them. If you've had family or friends read your manuscript, they could also verify the dates that they received your manuscript. If you worry that someone may try to steal your work, you're better off getting the formal copyright. (There's a link to the copyright site on our links page.) Some writers do what’s called a poor man’s copyright. They mail the work to themselves and don’t open it unless they must prove that the work belongs to them. The postmark date on the unopened package is used. We would not recommend the poor man's copyright.
What is a mandatory deposit & do you have to submit it?
All works under copyright protection that are published in the US are subject to the mandatory deposit. The mandatory deposit requires that 2 copies of the best edition of every copyrightable work published in the US be sent to the Copyright Office within 3 months of publication (whether or not you have a formal copyright). ***There is no penalty for not fulfilling the mandatory deposit requirement unless the Copyright Office has repeatedly requested the copies and has been repeatedly refused. (this reply came from the copyright office)***