AN OVERVIEW OF OUR SERVICES
LOOKING TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK?
Publishing is FREE with Authors OnLine. You only pay for our expertise to help you either prepare your manuscript for publication and / or make it available to be purchased via the book trade both off or online, and for us to collect and process the royalty payments you accrue from all the various retail sales outlets.
Authors On Line Ltd is the ORIGINAL UK based Author Service company to offer 'Print On Demand' (POD) digital publishing, with full distribution. Long gone are the days of authors having to spend large sums of money on volume print runs. Nowadays, technology allows us to print anything from several thousand books down to as little as a single copy. If your manuscript is of an acceptable literary standard, Authors OnLine can help you to realise your dream and put your book into print with whatever level of distribution you require.
Since we first introduced this revolution to the UK in 2001, the technology has grown and improved, and many authors have themselves acquired the knowledge and software to prepare manuscripts and cover designs ready for publication. In response to this growing trend, Authors On Line are now able to offer an even more flexible and up to date service catering for all levels of technical ability. If for example, you are fully conversant with producing Acrobat PDF files to our specification and can use graphics packages such as PhotoShop, InDesign or CorelDraw, then you can greatly REDUCE YOUR COSTS. Alternatively if you feel that you would like us to do everything for you then we are perfectly placed to do so.
All our Print On Demand paperback books are produced to the highest professional print standard, using white or creme 80 gr. (gsm) paper, for a black and white interior together with four colour laminated gloss cover - Perfect Bound (paperback), Case Bound (hardback) or Case Bound with dust jacket. We also offer various sizes for (paperback only) colour books using white 104 gsm paper.
THE SERVICES WE OFFER
PRINT READY (£299)
BASIC SERVICE (£399)
E-BOOKS (From £99 - £249)
HOW YOU EARN MONEY
If you use our worldwide distribution system we pay you 60% of the NET revenue from any retail sales and we deal with all the distribution and paperwork. By Authors OnLine registering your title with the various ISBN agencies, your book is then automatically available to be ordered via any bookshop in the UK and North America, who purchase from us at a standard discount (usually 40%). After print costs have been deducted we then pay you 60% of the remainder.
If your book is published for distribution (as opposed to private publication) you can also of course buy books directly from us. We sell them to you at print costs plus 20% of the retail price if you use our enhanced service, or 25% if you use our Standard or Basic with Distribution Service. You can then sell them yourself for whatever price you like keeping any profit. There is no minimum or maximum order but you will be liable for freight costs plus £1.25 handling charge per book order. The freight costs are proportionally cheaper per book the greater the quantity ordered. UK mainland customers enjoy free freight on all orders valued over £100.
Authors OnLine is an Author Service company that helps authors Self-publish their books. It is not a mainstream publisher and as such therefore does not judge your book for commercial potential. Our job is to take your manuscript through the various stages of production to a finished book available for sale through retail outlets, deal with any royalties due to you and provide you with copies for yourself when required. We cannot guarantee to sell a single copy and Authors OnLine does not wish to give any potential author unrealistic expectations as to earnings.
Having said that, we are in a position to offer sound marketing advice and even if necessary put you in touch with outside marketing companies specialising in the book trade. We can initially help with press releases and fact sheets as well as offering help on organising book signings and preparing prospect lists. We can also help with certain types of merchandising.
Initially you will be dealt with by our submissions department, who will guide you through to the production department. Once you are published you will be passed onto our post-production department who will help you with both purchasing books for your own purposes and guide you through the marketing process. Please also read our Marketing Page
Authors OnLine have the availability to send press releases, in either full HTML including high resolution pictures, or plain text, to 8000 + British journalists across a wide range of the media from, national and local TV and radio, national and local newspapers, and scores of magazines covering every subject imaginable. If something is relevant to your book you can tell now 'The Press' about it, instantly! We will work with you to prepare a press release to help you market your book
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
You retain all intellectual property rights and are free to remove the book from our website and distribution system at any time.
To get your work published could not be easier. Please fill out our Enquiry Form and e-mail us a couple of sample chapters and, if it meets our literary standards, we will ask you to send the manuscript on disk, CD or e-mail or you can upload larger files (over 10 MB) via companies such as yousendit.com. Once we receive the manuscript a contract will be sent to you.
OUR STANDARD CONTRACT
If you wish to see a sample contract it can viewed or downloaded as a PDF
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