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Print On Demand Publishing

Selah wants to help you achieve your goal as a writer and author in the most efficient way possible. For many, this means utilizing our Print On Demand (POD) services; the most affordable opportunity available in the industry today. Unfortunately, this opportunity can be missed due to its relative newness or the limited knowledge one might have of its use. As they say… knowledge is power!

Below is list of frequently asked questions concerning our POD services and its technology. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us toll-free at (877) 616-6451 and we’ll be happy to assist you further.

Print On Demand FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Print On Demand (POD) Technology?

What is Print On Demand Publishing?

What is the process when Print On Demand Publishing my book with Selah?

How soon can my book be completed with Print On Demand Publishing?

Can I have a hardbound book with Print On Demand Publishing?

Can I have a full color children's picture book with Print On Demand Publishing?

My book is not in the English language. Can I still use Print On Demand Publishing with Selah?

I don't live in the UK, Canada or the USA. Can I still use Print On Demand Publishing with Selah?

I am Canadian. Do I have to pay duty on books manufactured in the USA?

My book is ready to print. Will Selah still make my book available through the Print On Demand?

What Author rights does Print On Demand Publishing with Selah provide?

Who establishes the retail price of my book with Print On Demand Publishing?

Does a Print On Demand Publishing package include an edit?

Am I required to include editing services in my contract like some publishers require?


How will I know if I sold any books?

How much will my book royalty be?

How soon will I receive my royalty payment?

Will my book be available through bookstores and libraries?

Will my book be returnable?

What book type and size options do I have when Print On Demand Publishing my book with Selah?

Is there a minimum page count when Print on Demand Publishing my book?

What kink of materials are used to print my books?

Will my book look different because it's printed digitally?

Print On Demand sounds too good to be true.

Why don't all publishers offer Print On Demand Publishing packages like Selah?

Is Print On Demand Publishing more cost effective than printing my book offset?

I want to publish my book but don't know how many books to print. How does Print On Demand Technology help?

Doesn't the cost per book go up when I print a small amount of books?

If Print On Demand Publishing cost more money per book, why would I want to use it?

May I alter or rewrite portions of my book after it is printed?

What happens if I sell books quickly and need more books fast?

What happens if I want to take my Print On Demand Publishing success and print a large run?


What is Print On Demand (POD) Technology?
Print On Demand (POD) technology, is a method of book printing using digital technology that makes it easy and cost-effective to produce books as they are ordered, either one at a time or in larger numbers. Instead of a more traditional mode of printing, which only prints a large number at one time, POD is an "as needed" printer. This also means that the book can be available for an extended period of time, instead of the book being "out of print" after one print run.
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What is Print On Demand Publishing?
Print on Demand Publishing is the best way to publish and print a small number of books quickly and affordably—while still maintaining the high-quality standards we require at Selah Publishing Group. For example, if you only want 100 books, we can publish and print them for you in as little as 4 weeks, depending on the services required. Once your book has been published and your initial books have been received, additional copies can be printed within 48 -72 hours and the only cost to you is the print price and cost of shipping. This minimizes your book storage needs and keeps you in control of the amount of your investment.

If you would like your book to be available for others to purchase, we can provide fulfillment services for both retail and wholesale orders. We list your book with Bowkers Books in Print, and then make your book available through Amazon.com as well as distribution to 25,000+ bookstores and libraries. When an order for your book is received, the book is immediately printed and shipped out to the customer. As the author, you receive a 100% royalty on all sales of your book.
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What is the process when Print On Demand Publishing my book with Selah?
The first order of business is to draw up your book contract, outlining the specific publishing services and terms you are to receive. In order to officially get started publishing, we require two copies of a fully executed contract and the initial deposit (indicated in your contract) and any other specified materials to be received by Selah.

Once you’re an official member of the Selah family, we’ll assign your title to an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and apply for a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN). To begin the core publishing process, we’ll need to obtain the final copy of your manuscript, your cover concept and all necessary details about your book. Our next step is to begin the design and formatting process of your book; the typeset of your manuscript, the full color design of your cover. A digital PDF proof of our work is provided to you via e-mail for your review and approval. If you have changes, we will make them and provide you with an additional proof until you are completely satisfied and your book is ready to print. To authorize the books to print, a fully executed Authorization to Print form must be received by Selah. Once received, your title is setup with the printer and the files are sent to the state-of-the-art Print On Demand printing presses. High-gloss, layflat lamination is applied to your cover, which is then bound to the text pages to create the same softcover-style or hardbound-style books you see in stores. The final book is packaged in cartons, and shipped via UPS.

After your book is ‘in print’, we prepare your copyright form and LLCN letter and provide them to you digitally via e-mail as a PDF. To complete copyright, you must execute your form and submit it to the U.S. Copyright office in Washington, DC along with registration fee payment and copies of your book. To fulfill your responsibilities in receiving an LCCN, you must send your letter to the Library of Congress office in Washington, DC along with the copies of your book.
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How soon can my book be completed with Print On Demand Publishing?
Our layout, design and formatting process is the fastest among print on demand publishing companies. A large part of your publishing timeline will depend on the publishing services we’re providing and your availability to review book proofs. For example, editing your manuscript will require additional time for us to complete your book. In most cases, if your book does not have additional services and you are readily available to make decisions and review proofs, your book will be published in 2 months or less from the time your final manuscript is received. If you’re in a rush, we can complete your book in as little as 4 weeks and in most cases do not charge extra to do so.
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Can I have a hardbound book with Print On Demand Publishing?
Yes! You’ll have a few trim size options to choose from but for the time being the text color is limited to black. This means you cannot have a hardbound book with two color or full color text pages.
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Can I have a full color children's picture book with Print On Demand Publishing?
Yes! You’ll have a few trim size options to choose from but for the time being the book has to be perfect bound (soft cover) when your page count is 24 pages or more. When your children’s book is less than 24 pages, saddle stitching is required. Color interior with a hardbound cover is not available at this time.
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MY book is not in the English language. Can I still use Print On Demand Publishing with Selah?
Yes, it is very likely we can publish your book but you would need to discuss it with us first.
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I don't live in the UK, Canada or the USA. Can I still use Print On Demand Publishing with Selah?
Absolutely, we operate internationally and do not charge a premium to those who are located outside of the USA. Please note, all costs are USD cash prices.
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I am Canadian. Do I have to pay duty on books manufactured in the USA?
Because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadians do not have to pay duty on most American manufactured items. Duty is only payable on luxury goods and items not actually manufactured but purchased in the US. For example, if a product is manufactured in China but sold from a US website then you have to pay duty. Our books for the North American market are manufactured in the US, so no duty is payable.
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My book is ready to print. Will Selah still make my book available through Print On Demand?
Yes! We have a package designed for those who have book files ready to print. If needed, we will even provide all of the same distribution and fulfillment services to you!
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What Author rights does Print On Demand Publishing with Selah provide?
As the author, you retain ALL rights to the work we publish.
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Who establishes the retail price of my book with Print on Demand Publishing?
Pricing is a delicate issue. If the retail price is too high, it could have a negative effect on your sales. If the price is too low, there will not be enough profit after distributor discounts have been applied to make a profit. As a result, Selah generally prices books we publish based on finished page count; however, we will consider retail pricing requests to accommodate special situations whenever possible. Our pricing reflects printing costs and takes the booksellers trade discount into consideration.

Note: Some companies short discounts to booksellers to artificially "inflate" author royalties. We strongly discourage this practice. Our list prices reflect the customary 55% trade discount.
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Does a Print On Demand Publishing package include an edit?
No. The cost of editing can vary greatly which makes it difficult to include in our standard packages. We’ve also found that most people either don’t need or want an edit due to the condition of their manuscript or the additional cost required.
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Am I required to include editing services in my contract like some publishers require?
No. We do not believe an author should be required to pay additional money for a service they do not want or need!
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How will I know if any books sold?
Selah provides quarterly fulfillment reporting of title when there is activity only. Fulfillment reports are provided digitally via e-mail as a PDF.
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How much will my book royalties be?
Most author royalties will total 100% of net proceeds. The net proceeds include retail price minus author print price and or distribution costs. For example on retail sales where no discount is given, if a 150 page book has a retail price of $13.99 and an author print price of $6.30, the net proceeds would total $7.69. ($13.99 -$6.30) The author royalty would be 100% of this amount, or $6.30 for a retail order.
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How soon will I receive my royalty payment?
Unlike most publishers who only pay royalties only twice a year, Selah pays royalties quarterly. Authors receive quarterly reports on or about the 20th of each month following the quarter closing representing funds received during the reported quarter. The same day reports are generated, checks are also processed and mailed to the author.
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Will my book be available through bookstores and libraries?
Yes. Once you have approved your book for printing, submissions are made to the distribution channels which will make your book available to 25,000 plus bookstores and libraries though out the US. We can even make your book available to customers in the UK and Europe!
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Will my books be returnable?
Our standard Print On Demand Publishing packages do not include a return book program, however some bookstores are cautious when purchasing books that are not returnable. If you prefer for your book to be returnable, this option is available to you.
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What book type and size options do I have when Print On Demand Publishing my book with Selah?
You have many book type and trim size options! So, the question becomes, what book type and size do you want or need? Can’t decide between soft cover and hardbound? Make your book available in both!

Soft Cover/Perfect Bound
  White 50lb paper stock - 48-828 pages
Trim Sizes:
    Small: 5 x 8, 5 x 8.25, 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7.5 x 9.25
Large: 7 x 10, 8 x 10, 8.25 x 11
     
  Printed in increments of 2 pages
     
Hardbound/Casebound
  Crème 55lb paper stock - White 50lb paper stock - 108-828 pages
Trim Sizes:
    Small: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9 – crème paper only
Large: 7 x 10, white paper only
     
  Cover Options:
    4-color gloss laminate without jacket, small and large trim
Stamped cloth with or without jacket, small trim only
     
  Printed in increments of 2 pages
     
Perfect Bound/Casebound Combo
  Publishing book as Perfect and Casebound.
Trim Sizes: 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 6 X 9, 7 x 10 inches
     
Full Color Interior
  Soft cover/Perfect bound only - White 70lb paper stock - 4-480 pages
Trim Sizes:
    Small: 5.5 x 8.5
Medium: 8.5 x 8.5
Large: 7 x 10, 8 x 10, 8.5 x 11
     
  Binding:
    4-48 pgs Saddle Stitched
24-480 pgs Perfect bound
     
  Printed in increments of 4 pages
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Is there a minimum page count when Print On Demand Publishing my book?
Yes, and it depends of the type of book. The following are the page count ranges available with POD Publishing.
         Soft Cover/Perfect Bound: 48-828 pages
         Hardbound/Casebound: 108-828 pages
         Full Color Interior: 4-48 pgs Saddle Stitched, 24-480 pgs Perfect bound

If you are concerned with meeting the minimum page count for your book, don’t worry too much! There are a few tricks and solutions we have to help extend your manuscript or overall page count. Also, you have no reason to be embarrassed by any blank pages at the back of your book. If you take a look at the books you have at home, you’ll see many have several blank pages. This is because offset books are usually printed in 16 page increments. POD books are printed in 2 page increments, greatly minimizing the number of blank pages in your book.
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What kind of materials are used to print my books?
The materials used in printing a POD book are similar to books printed offset and depend on the type and at times, the size of the book. Below are the specifications for soft cover, hardbound and full color interior books.

Soft Cover/Perfect Bound
All small and large trim perfect bound books are printed on 50lb offset, white paper stock (512 PPI).

Small and larger trim book covers are printed full-color on 90lb offset, white paper stock with gloss lamination.

Hardbound/Casebound
5.5” x8.5” and 6”x9” casebound books are printed on 55lb offset, crème paper stock (444 PPI).


7”x10” large casebound books are printed on 50lb offset, white paper stock (512 PPI).

Full Color Interior
Books are printed on 70lb uncoated offset, white paper stock (385 PPI).

Covers are printed on 80lb white cover stock (238 PPI) with gloss lamination.


*All paper is acid free and meets all ANSI standards for archival quality paper.
**Offset is a type of paper that is suitable for book printing.
***PPI means "pages per inch." A page in this case means the actual piece of paper, or front and back of a sheet of paper, which technically in the book would be counted as two pages of text.
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Will my book look different because it's printed digitally?
No, it will not! In fact, if you regularly purchase books, there is a good chance you already own a POD produced book and don’t know it. As we mention above, the materials used are similar to those used in offset printing. In addition, a number of checks are performed during production of your book so to ensure it meets printed book quality standards. The combination of quality materials and production means that unless someone is an expert in book production, they will NOT see a difference between your book and others printed offset.
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Print On Demand Publishing sounds to good to be true.
We understand this feeling, however, it is true! Today, just as technology continues to advance in every area of our lives, Print On Demand Technology has never been better or more cost-effective than it is today.
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Why don't all publishers offer Print On Demand Publishing packages like Selah?
In a word, profits. Most companies want to oversell you on quantity, so they may not offer POD. A publishing contract to print 2,500 books of 144 pages in length can total $9,500 or more. In contrast, our Print On Demand Publishing contracts which include typesetting of 144 pages, cover design, and the first 100 books can total as little as $1,895 depending on your book’s final page count.
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Is Print On Demand Publishing more cost effective than printing my book offset?
Unless you are ready to print a run of 2,500 books and have viable sales opportunities, Print On Demand Publishing will likely be most cost effective for you. When analyzing your options it is important to be realistic and to factor in all costs. If you were to print 2,500 books offset at a cost of $3.80 per book ($9,500 total) it’s important to know it doesn’t include the shipping of printed books, warehousing of books, and order shipping costs (author pays shipping costs on wholesale orders). If you actually only need 100 copies of your book, and if printed at cost of $6.30 per book ($630), your $9,500 publishing option just doesn’t seem like a good investment.

Thankfully, Print On Demand Publishing gives you the option to affordably test your market by printing small quantities. Once you have proved your market warrants a larger print run to maximize profits, you have the flexibility to print any quantity you desire at drastically reduced prices.
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I want to publish my book but don't know how many books to print. How does Print On Demand Technology help?
With Print On Demand Technology, books are literally printed one at a time. This allows you to determine the market demand for your book before you invest in printing 2,500 or more books.
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Doesn't cost per book go up when I print a small amount of books?
Yes, as smaller book run usually costs more per book than larger print runs. However, a smaller run can build your confidence because you’re not risking an initial large investment.
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If Print On Demand Publishing cost more money per book, why would I want to use it?
Most authors have difficulty determining whether their book will sell 100 or 250,000 copies. Print on Demand Publishing gives you the ability to test market with a smaller investment. Market testing is a system trusted by large corporations, such as McDonalds. They test market each new product they develop. Once McDonald’s has determined the success of their new product, they can decide the most profitable path to take. In this sense, your role as author in the book market is really no different from McDonald’s in the restaurant industry and the same precautions should be taken.
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May I alter or rewrite portions of my book after it is printed?
Absolutely! This is a great benefit with Print On Demand Publishing. If at any time you discover you omitted important text, or just want to include additional information, we can easily modify your text file and start printing the new files right away. When we contract with you for Print on Demand Publishing, we will be specific as to our charges for corrections and changes so you know what to expect.
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What happens if I sell books quickly and need more books fast?
This is the beauty of Print on Demand Publishing: We can produce your books quickly. In most cases, your books are printed in 48 to 72 hours when the print run is 1,000 or less copies. Rush printing is also available for an additional fee and guarantees that books are ready to ship within 48 hours.
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What happens if I want to take my Print On Demand Publishing success and print a large run?
No problem. All of our publishing files are in state-of-the-art computer software and translate easily to most press environments. In most cases, there are no additional setup fees or alterations necessary.
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