Frequently asked questions
Can I learn a little more about the design support?
When it comes to formatting a book, Authors can choose their book sizes..From here, all the formatting and structuring of the book is done using advanced technology -- the same technology that we use to publish and print industry standard books.
I have a friend... he knows what he wants to write, and has the first 4 chapters but no longer has access to a computer or Microsoft. He wants to know if there is someone he can tell what to type down for his ideas (not a ghostwriter, someone he can call and tell them what to write word for word). Is this possible? What are his options?
His only options would be to either take the ghost writing plan. Or, he can handwrite the rest and send it in to us. We can't do much more than that!
The work does not contain any material of a libelous or obscene nature. How obscene is "too obscene?"
As long as the book isn't a pornographic book (About porn), the author can write as they wish. We publish erotic books, but nothing about porn.
Where is our physical Main office located?
What’s a distribution channel?
A distribution channel is a place where we publish your book. Amazon, google play, google books, and barnes and noble.
Where is the author bio typically placed in the book? Is it placed according to the author's preference?
It is normally placed according to the author's preference, if nothing is noted, then front of the book.
Can clients receive physical copies of their publishing agreements?
Yes, they can print them.
If an author wants to credit their illustrator in their book, where is this placed and how should it look?
It is usually placed on the front of the book below the author's name.
How soon must the author submit and complete the W-9 Form? Must this only be completed prior to purchasing their author copies of the book?
In order for the author to be paid, they must complete it.
If an author has access to studio equipment, can they record their own voiceover for their book?
Yes, an author is more than welcome to record their own voiceover.
What happens if you go out of business or sell, do I get my files?
Our company not only survived through a Covid-19 pandemic, but we have managed to drop our prices, introduce a free plan and make book publishing more affordable for authors who can't afford to publish a book.
I own a web domain can I make a site
Yes, we'll provide a Google-Hosted site. This site does not have the functionality for adding a domain name.
Do I have to be approved for my book title?
How long would it take to get the book published?
The timeline depends on the plan taken out for the book. See the turnaround times above!
How would the picture be selected for the author?
The author chooses.
I have a contract signed with another publisher in all formats. Is there any problem for Alpha Book Publisher?
Yes, you will have to fill out the alternate publisher form.
Can Alpha Book Publishing help me with getting my book in the Denver BookStore gift shop? I have already acquired their information and just need to pass it along to your company if they can help me.
We'll pair you with a marketing advisor (who may or may not be your Author Representative) to give you recurring advice on how to get your book in your local bookstores, libraries and schools.
Can you send me samples of other authors' social media accounts like facebook, instagram and twitter so I can see them?
Here is a social media account for an author who recently published with us. https://twitter.com/VincentFAmen?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
How is a book’s paperback retail price determined?
What is the price range we recommend for eBook retail price?
The publishing industry has set a standard that ebooks should be priced between $2.99-$9.99 because ebooks were designed to be cheaper.
What is the price range we recommend for paperback retail price?
The publishing industry has set a standard that ebooks should be priced between $3.99 thru $19.99.
What Is the Minimum page requirement to publish a paperback book?
There is a 24-minimum page requirement for paperback publishing and distribution -- a standard set by the publishing industry. You can send to us the additional pages you wanted to add so we can include it in your book.
What is our company’s fax number?
You can fax the signed publishing agreements back to us through 844-653-5287, or you can email it to us as well.
What is the minimum publishing plan for me to get Copyright Protection on my book?
You can have extra copies of your book printed even under the Starter Plan. However, we recommend that you get the Rookie Plan so that you can get a Copyright for your book as well.
I will need to determine how many pages will be in my book. I'll need to know the dimensions of a "normal" page.
How do I decide what (if Any) illustrations there will be & for which poem?
Must I write a synopsis of the book/ my poetry?
Yes. Readers will only buy your book if they can read a synopsis or book description of what your book is about.
How many payment plans do we offer?
Can my Author name be Other Than my real name?
Yes. Authors have the opportunity to provide a pen name to protect their identity.
I have a couple poems that have only 2 or 3 stanzas. In your opinion--or that of an editor--should I include them in the book?
Will there be a Mentor who could offer suggestions &/or I could bounce ideas off of as I create the manuscript?
Will I be coached / guided as far as the Videos? What about dealing with the web pages & websites?
Which of the following items are REQUIRED to be submitted for us to get started?
Which of the following items are OPTIONAL to be submitted for us to get started?
Why Should I self-publish with Alpha Book Publisher?
Alpha Book Publisher is the only independent self-publisher currently offering a free plan to publish your book. Other companies claim to have a free plan, but there's always hidden fees and a few conditions on the fine print.
What Services do you provide?
How many books do you publish each year?
We publish around 500 author books annually, and are growing.
If someone doesn't want part of a plan, can they choose to omit it?
How many books can one publish through the Babyface plan?
As many as they want.
Registration Section 1: Author will register copyright of the Book... Isn't that the duty of the publisher?
How does the copyright process work?
Will I own 100% rights to my book?
Yes. At Alpha Book Publisher, we only publish your book. You keep 100% rights, ownership and control over your manuscript and all relevant materials pertaining to your book.
When does an author need to fill out the W-9 form? Do we have access to this on our end as author reps?
It is on their author dashboard for their payout. Author Dashboards are created once the author's book is a week or two away from publication.
Does your company offer payment advancement?
No. But we pay out on sales of books
Does Alpha Book Publisher Print The Books?
I need clarification as to whether I must order my own books, etc.
No. Author does not need to purchase their own books. This is completely optional. Our minimum quantity is 1 book per order. The average production cost of a book (the book printed by the manufacturer) is around $5.49 per book on average.
How many copies of the book would be made with the Starter Plan? 10 copies...
Can I buy the books wholesale?
Our authors will have the opportunity to purchase copies at wholesale prices, at the production cost. How much does it cost? Average cost per production cost is $5 for the author, and you get a chance to markup your book for the retail price.
How many copies will be printed out in all?
The default printing option for all authors is Print-On-Demand. Print-On-Demand is a process where books are printed whenever someone purchases a copy.
After I make a payment for my book how soon do I get it delivered to my home address?
The rookie plan gives you 5 free copies of your book mailed to you.
In addition, How much is it to order my books? Once I pay will a certain amount of books be sent to me or will I still have to order books? If so please let me know now and how much so I can begin budgeting for that process..
Once your ebook is approved, our technology will determine how much it costs to print your book. We have one of the lowest printing costs in the industry.
Can I sell physical copies of my book in stores in my home country? (INorth America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia)
Yes. You can buy copies of your book at wholesale price (production cost of printing) and sell it anywhere in the world. The average printing cost is $5.49 for a paperback copy and $15.49 for a hardcover copy. There are no fees for ebook creation and publishing.
Is the editing with Alpha Book Publisher more developmental or line editing?
Our editorial services combine all 3 forms of editing into one. We do developmental editing, line editing and proofreading -- all in one service -- and that service is our Editorial Assessment. Our free plan has 50 free corrections, and if you wanted more edits on your book you will have the option to purchase more!
Can you get the manuscript edited without signing up for a plan?
No, unfortunately not.
Does marketing occur before or after the book is released?
Our marketing services occur only after the book is published. This way, customers can buy the book when they discover your book as a result of our marketing efforts.
Is there support for strategic outreach planning?
Can I publish my books at a local store for resale?
When you publish your book with us, we'll pair you with a marketing advisor who will give you advice on how to get your book in your local bookstores and libraries. Your book will also be sold on walmart.com, amazon, and many other distribution channels.
Can I link to the amazon and other sites you sell the book at from my site?
Yes. Your book will be linked to all other distribution channels. We'll provide all the links to you on your author dashboard.
I have a my own workshop. I have some videos I want to have a place on my site where they can buy the videos and book as a package I will send them?
Yes, we will be providing full links for you to use so you can place your book on your website and the links to where it's being sold on all of our distribution channels.
On my site can I package the book with online workshops or services?
Yes, you can do anything you want when it comes to marketing your book.
How soon will I receive my book marks and business cards? How will they know what to put on my business cards, will I be able to develop them or are they all standard? What will my bookmarks look like?
I already made facebook and instagram pages for my accounts so what will Alpha publishing be able to do to help me with those social media accounts ?
Alpha Book Publisher will provide short-term and long-term marketing tips and strategies to help boost your social media following that goes beyond creating the accounts itself.
If I do a workshop and say I have a book and want to see how big of a buy spike there is in sales. Can I see where they [consumers] are buying my book and in what format?
I know in my Amazon kindle book, I can run specials. Will I have that ability with the free plan? Can I run book specials myself or do you have to do it for me?
You can run a pre-order and run your book at a cheaper price, and change it in the future.
Do you have a contract that I need to sign?
How much will my book cost?
How many copies do I get?
20 paperback copies are allocated to her on the premiere plan’s budget….