LETS GET YOU SOME ANSWERS.
1. THE AWKWARD FIRST DATE
ARE YOUR SELF-PUBLISHING SERVICES FREE?
You would be surprised how many authors assume we are a traditional publisher. Many authors call us expecting that we will cover all their costs AND make them famous. Wonder why the traditional publishers are suffering? Just saying.
- We are not a traditional publisher (repeated for effect.)
- We empower authors via the self-publishing process.
- We offer authors professional publishing services and we charge accordingly.
For authors still on the hunt for that elusive publishing deal with a traditional publisher, we wish you the best of luck. (We mean that, well sort of.) Have a look at this list of publishers found on the Publishers Association of South Africa’s website. Begin the cold calling process.
HOW DO i KNOW THAT I CAN TRUST YOU?
Most of our authors we will never meet us face to face. Is that strange? Possibly. Does it mean we are still trustworthy? Absolutely. Most of our business is conducted online via a mixture of phone calls and email.
For those authors who are worried about paying money to a business without first shaking hands, I offer the following friendly word:
WILL YOU ACCEPT MY MANUSCRIPT? (A.K.A. AM i GOOD ENOUGH?)
Many first-time authors lack confidence and are looking for validation of their writing. We will help you no matter how bad your writing might be. We do not believe in turning serious authors away. We might just recommend that we give your manuscript a thorough edit before we help you publish 😉
2. LIGHT STALKING (THE LEGAL KIND)
your office location & operating hours?
We currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, with offices on Roeland Street in the CBD.
However we primarily do our publishing work online. This means it does not matter if you are an author living in Cape Town or Cairo, we can give you the same awesome level of service!
We are available during standard business hours. As a simple rule, messages, emails or phone calls outside of reasonable business hours will not be answered until the following working day. Our self-publishing team need their beauty-sleep too. (Some more than others.)
What is the best way to get in touch with your team?
The best way to get in touch is submitting our website contact form as it gives us the perfect amount of information needed to give you the best help possible.
For those in a hurry, you can drop us an email @ email@example.com OR call us on 082 624 3138
Just a note, often after a chat with a new author we will often ask to see the manuscript to provide accurate feedback & quotations regardless, so I would recommend sharing this with us asap.
Can WE meet in person first?
As much as we would love to meet every author that contacts us – this would mean somewhere up to 10 authors each day!
To aid in our mission to empower as many authors as possible, most of the time our communication will be through a mixture of emails and phone calls. For those of you who are lucky enough to call Cape Town home, we would ♥ to meet with you and share a coffee at our offices in Roeland Street.
3. Taking the next step
what are the services you offer authors?
We offer our authors every services needed to produce, polish & then publish their manuscript. This includes the followings self-publishing steps:
- Editing of your words,
- Crafting a sales blurb for your book,
- Illustrations for your book,
- Cover design for both eBook & print,
- Getting your interior ready to be printed, (typesetting)
- Creating the eBook format of your book, (eBook conversion)
- Publishing your eBook to Amazon & other online platforms,
- Publishing of your paperback to Amazon’s print on demand platform,
- Author websites (both the hosting and website design.)
CAN YOU HELP ME GET AN ISBN # FOR MY BOOK?
We would love to help you get your book’s birth certificate – at no charge.
Remember, whilst the ISBN is important for the physical book – for an eBook going to Amazon it is optional. Make sure you ask us for advice based on your unique publishing circumstances & requirements.
Do you help authors get into physical bookshops?
The short answer is no.
The longer answer? Would you really want to be in a bookshop? The royalties from being a traditionally published author appearing in your local bookshop is often peanuts whereas self-publishing within a store such as Amazon can pay the author up to 70% of your books list price. (Yeah, we are a tad biased here.)
CAN YOU GET MY EBOOK PUBLISHED ON THE SNAPPLIFY PLATFORM?
DO YOU HELP AUTHORS CREATE AUDIOBOOKS?
We have partnered with a locally based business to ensure that those authors looking to create & publish auidiobooks are covered. Contact Devon from audioshelf.co.za and let them know that we sent to get your discount on an audio publishing deal.
4.ready to commit
What should I have ready before contacting you?
You should have at least a completed draft of your manuscript. Have it ready in a common format such as:
- Microsoft Word (This is our favorite format.)
- Adobe InDesign,
- PDF (This will cost a little more and take a bit longer to convert to eBook formats.)
Please note that we cannot accept manuscripts that are hand-written. We also cannot accept any manuscripts written in software that cannot export to a common format such as Word or PDF.
We prefer to have the manuscript as a single and combined document. Avoid sending us separate files for each chapter of your book. This makes us grumpy and will result in extra charges to cover the coffee needed.
CAN I CHOOSE THE services I want from your quote?
Absolutely. No pressure.
We will quote on every step that you might need to get your book, professionally formatted and then published however you are free to only pick those steps you might prefer.
CAN YOU HELP get MY PAPERBACK PUBLISHED WORLDWIDE leveraging AMAZON?
Why, I thought you would never ask 🙂
For those of you looking to explode your exposure, Amazon now helps authors get their physical books into every corner of the globe. By relying on print on demand system, Amazon will only print & ship the exact amount of paperbacks that a reader orders. No waste. No excess stock.
Oh, did I mention that you would not need to lift a finger throughout the process? Amazon fulfills the printing and the shipping of your book, whilst the eager-reader funds the process; you just get paid.
MY MANUSCRIPT FILES ARE HUUUGE - HOW CAN i SHARE THEM?
Never fear, if you manuscript files are too big to submit over email or our contact submission form, please feel free to submit the directly to our digital doorstep using this link here.
Please still email us to let us know that you have sent files across!
5. QUESTIONS ABOUT LABOLA (PAYMENT)
What are your payment terms?
- We will only start after receiving a minimum of a 50% deposit of the total amount quoted.
- For payments less than ZAR 3000 ($200) we insist on receiving full-payment, upfront. Chasing small outstanding payments from authors is a kak way to spend our day 🙁
Obviously, all work carried out will remain the property of MYeBook until the final payment has been made.
What payment types do you accept?
We accept the following forms of payment:
- EFT – Our bank details can be found at the bottom of all our quotes.
- Credit Card
- Paypal – This method adds a 5% surcharge to cater for PayPal fees.
- International Wire Transfers/ Swift transfers – Also attracts a small surcharge to cater for the associated bank fees.
Cheques or (ATM) cash deposits are not recommended. These often create a delay in an author’s publishing process and also make us sad us the bank takes a large fee from each payment made this way.
DO YOU OFFER A GUARANTEE?
We always want you to be as happy as can possibly be. A happy author makes for a fun self-publishing process.
The authors who enjoy our help the most are always those that have done some homework before hand. We encourage all authors who want to partner with us to first spend some time exploring our website to better understand how we work. This will mean no surprises and a smother (publishing) ride.
If for some reason you did not enjoy the publishing process – please let us know immediately. Your feedback means we can potentially fix a process and relieve your frustration.
how can I earn a discount off my publishing quote?
Great question! (Seriously…)
The easiest way you can help us give you a discount is by allowing us to help you more. The more self-publishing steps we help you through the easier it will be for us to absorb a potential discount.
The next best would be if we were able to help you self-publish more than one title. If – for example – we were handling a 2nd or 3rd title it would mean that we would be able to reduce the overall cost of each step as a result.
6. JOINING OUR FAMILIES
I RUN MY OWN PUBLISHING BUSINESS - ARE YOU OPEN TO PARTNERSHIPS?
We have helped numerous publishers (small, medium & large) to digitise their content with the aim of getting it into online stores such as Amazon. Ask us about our specialised publisher pricing deals.
Can I advertise my product or service on your website?
Of Course! We love partnering with like-minded brands aimed at benefiting the author-community. Drop us an email and let us know what you need.
I know an author who needs help - Will you pay me a finders fee?
Of course we will, you deserve it!
Any author you refer to us will earn you at least 10% of the net profit made from helping them. Make sure that the friend you refer lets us know that you sent them.
I am an editor/ cover designer etc - Can I partner with MYeBook?
Yes you can. We are always looking for friendly and ambitious partners. Please email us your details including a portfolio of work that we can look through.
We always keep our eyes peeled for team-players who are excited about giving the best service to our authors.
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