Have any questions? We have the answers to help you better understand what it’s like to work with us. Here are answers to common questions we get about hybrid publishing and working with BiblioKid.
What parts of the publishing process does BiblioKid assist with?
We offer full hybrid publishing services. This means that we can help you with every step of the process to create your book. Including:
Online and retail distribution
Sales and marketing
Do you have to use all the services offered?
No. At BiblioKid Publishing, our main goal is to help you create the best book possible by helping with the editing & book design part of the process. From there, it's up to the author and what they would like to do with the files. (Something that we can walk you through during our call as we discuss all your options once you've been accepted.)
Do we work with authors outside the US?
Yes. We offer our hybrid publishing services to create files for everyone throughout the world. However, we're currently only able to provide our US-based authors with print and distribution options at this time. If you're an author residing outside of the United States, we can create the files for any printer you choose.
How is this different from traditional publishing?
BilbioKid Publishing is a hybrid publishing service -- not just a publishing house. Although we do have an application process like traditional publishers, we try to work with as many children’s book authors as possible in order to get more children’s books onto bookshelves. Our authors do not have to use us as the final publisher of their book. They can, instead, choose to self-publish their books using the files we've created for them. Unlike you would if you chose to work with a traditional publishing house.
What is the author's role through all of this?
Like with self-publishing, our authors will have a very active role throughout the process. This includes communication, approvals, selecting the illustrator, and more. But you won't do this all by yourself. We'll guide you through the entire process and walk you through what information we need from you and when.
Do we help you market and sell your book?
Yes. All our authors have the option to add marketing as part of the production option for their book.
If you opt for help with marketing, we'll meet with you one-on-one to devise a personalized marketing plan based on the publication date for your book, the story itself, and long-term marketing strategies to continue to sell the book beyond the launch date. Once we conduct the session, we turn the reins over to you to then implement the steps we laid out. See the full scope of what's included with the marketing option here.
What does it cost to work with us?
No matter which option our authors choose, we will provide them with high-quality files to produce a commercially-driven children's book. Each author is given 4-different publishing service options to choose from in order to make this happen. (The typical cost for production ranges between $8,000-$13,000 and about 6-12mths to produce the book.)
Once an author decides on the option that works best for them and decides to move forward with a contract, the total cost is broken into 4 equal payments and spread out over the production timeline. (For instance, if your quote is $10,000 to publish a book in a year, you’ll make a payment of $2500 every three months.)
Does the author own the copyright to the book?
Yes. No matter which publishing service option you choose, you will retain full copyright to your final files and book. If you choose to use our print & distribution option, however, we will purchase an ISBN & barcode in order to publish your book with us.
How are we different from Amazon KDP or IngramSpark?
BiblioKid Publishing is a hybrid publishing service, which means we help you create the files you need to send to popular on-demand self-publishing services like Amazon KDP and IngramSpark. You can still choose to use these companies as your printing source, however, you'll just need to provide us with the ISBN, barcodes, and printing specifications for the book before we get started creating the final files.
What if you don’t need an editor and just want a publisher?
At BiblioKid, we help authors create commercially-driven children's books by providing them with editing and book design services. If your book has already been edited and you feel like you do not wish to have our editing team work with you and your, you are free to still submit to us. However, please note that if we feel additional edits are needed, you will not be able to move forward with us without adding the editing package to your contract.
What if you don't have an illustrator?
That's okay! You don't have to have one before we get started. The only thing you need to have in order to start work with us is a rough draft of your children’s story. Once we’ve finished with the editing stage, we’ll have you look through a list of portfolios of possible illustrators or go on submission for the right illustrator for you. Then we'll have the author and illustrator work with our design team to create a book that suits the author's vision.
How long does it take to publish your book?
Our publishing timelines range between 6-12mth depending on the publishing service package an author chooses. If you decide you'd like to use us for print and distribution services, you'll want to plan for a 12mth contract on average, but this is all something we will discuss with you during your initial consultation call.
How does an author earn money after working with us?
This depends again on the publishing service contract an author chooses. If the author doesn't use our print and distribution, they are able to use their final files with any printer they choose and are subject to that printer's royalty distribution. However, if you use our print and distribution services, authors earn a 50% royalty off of net receipts of earnings and can purchase books for resale to earn 100% of resale proceeds.
Do you publish anything other than children’s books?
No. At this time we’re an exclusive children’s book publishing service. This means we only work with authors who intend to publish books for children ages 0-18. If you're unsure if that's you and your story, you can learn more about the different children’s book categories and their qualifications here.