BOOKLOCKER.COM QUICK Q&A
DISTRIBUTION / AVAILABILITY
HOW FAST DO YOU GET A PRINT BOOK TO MARKET?
Usually within a month.
WHERE ARE YOUR PRINT BOOKS LISTED AND SOLD? AND, ARE YOUR BOOKS DISTRIBUTED BY INGRAM, THE WORLD’S LARGEST BOOK DISTRIBUTOR?
Our print books are currently listed on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, booksamillion.com, Indigo, and many other smaller, online bookstores, both domestic and foreign.
Yes, our print books are distributed by Ingram. Any bookstore with an Ingram account can pick up Ingram’s feed so you’ll find your book listed in stores you’ve never heard of – across the globe! Most bookstores use Ingram’s database to find and order books so bookstore customers can ask their neighborhood bookstore to order your book as well. Of course, our books are also listed in R.R. Bowker’s database. Bowker is the United States ISBN agency.
WHERE ARE YOUR EBOOKS LISTED?
Our ebooks are on Amazon (for the Kindle), BarnesandNoble.com (for the Nook), Apple (for iPads, iPods and iPhones), Kobo (Canada’s popular ebook retailer), and BookLocker.com, of course.
ARE YOUR BOOKS IN THE MAJOR BOOKSTORE DATABASES?
CAN MY READERS SPECIAL ORDER MY BOOK(S) FROM THEIR LOCAL BOOKSTORE?
WHERE CAN I SEE A CHART COMPARING YOUR BLACK-AND-WHITE-INTERIOR PROGRAMS?
Please contact us if you need to use our Payment Plan Program. No credit check is required. The Payment Plan Program can only be used by U.S. residents who are currently located in the U.S.
HOW DO YOUR COSTS COMPARE TO THE MOST POPULAR P.O.D. PUBLISHERS?
See a P.O.D. Price Comparison here:
DO YOU PUBLISH COLOR-INTERIOR BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND/OR ADULTS?
Yes. See: http://publishing.BookLocker.com/booklocker-color-pod-program/
DO YOU OFFER AN EXPEDITED/RUSH SERVICE?
Yes. The cost is $1199 (that includes original paperback cover design) to get a book to market within 2 weeks of the author submitting their final file to us. You can request the hardcover add-on at a discount with the program but black-and-white-interior paperback is the only format eligible for the Expedite program.
DO “RETURNING AUTHORS” AND AUTHORS OF MULTIPLE BOOKS GET ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS?
Absolutely! Authors of multiple books, and BookLocker authors returning with a second or subsequent book (“returning authors”), are only charged $267 in print setup fees. Cover design ($250 for paperback or $350 for hardcover) is extra. (This special is for black-and-white-interior books only.)
I AM UPSET WITH MY CURRENT PUBLISHER. CAN YOU GIVE ME A SPECIAL DEAL TO MOVE MY BOOK TO BookLocker?
Yes. “Disgruntled Authors” who are moving to BookLocker from another publisher get the same special price as “returning authors” above.
HOW MUCH WILL I MAKE EACH TIME YOU SELL ONE OF MY BOOKS?
35% of the list price for public sales of print books sold through BookLocker.com
15% of the list price for print books sold through other distributors/retailers/etc.
BookLocker.com Ebook Royalties
70% of the list price for ebooks priced $8.95 or higher.
50% of the list price for ebooks priced under $8.95.
Third-party Ebook Royalties (Amazon, BN.com, Apple and Kobo)
65% OF THE NET AMOUNT BookLocker.com is paid for each ebook priced $10 or higher.
55% OF THE NET AMOUNT BookLocker.com is paid for each ebook priced under $10.
WHEN DO YOU PAY ROYALTIES?
We pay royalties on the fifth business day of the month to authors with an unpaid royalty balance of $40 or more on the last day of the previous month.
DO YOU OFFER 24-HOUR ONLINE ACCESS TO ROYALTY INFO?
Yes. Each author has their own account in our system they can access at any time. It includes all sales for which we have been paid (BookLocker.com-direct sales are credited instantly) and a list of all payments made to the author within the last 24 months.
DO YOU HAVE ANY HIDDEN FEES?
No. We don’t charge extra for photos/graphics, tables, endnotes, etc. in black-and-white-interior print books, and we don’t upsell authors on a bunch of products/services they don’t need.
DO YOU PROVIDE AN ISBN AND BARCODE AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE?
Yes, or you can use your own in our print book(s). It’s your choice.
CAN I PRINT MY COMPANY’S NAME/LOGO INSTEAD OF YOURS IN/ON MY BOOK?
WHERE CAN I READ ABOUT YOUR EBOOK FORMATTING AND CONVERSION SERVICES?
ARE EBOOKS INCLUDED IN YOUR POPULAR ‘AT-YOUR-SERVICE’ PROGRAM? Yes, for basic formatting. Ebooks with complex formatting may incur additional fees.
DOES THE AUTHOR RECEIVE A PRINT PROOF OF THEIR BOOK?
HOW QUICKLY DO YOU PUBLISH PRINT BOOKS?
We usually get a print book to market within a month of the author sending their final file to us.
DO YOU CHARGE AN ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OR HOSTING FEE TO KEEP PRINT BOOKS ON THE MARKET?
Yes. The annual fee is $18.
DO YOU CHARGE AN ANNUAL FEE FOR EBOOKS?
HOW MUCH IS COVER DESIGN?
Paperback – Original cover design is $250
Hardcover – Original cover design is $350
Ebook – Not necessary if you have already purchased print cover design. Original ebook cover design is $125.
WHERE CAN I SEE SAMPLES OF YOUR ORIGINAL COVER DESIGN?
At the link below, click on each cover to see the entire cover spread (front, back and spine) –
CAN I SUBMIT MY OWN COVER AT NO EXTRA CHARGE?
Yes. If you have your own cover, we will deduct $200 from our At Your Service Program.
DOES THE AUTHOR OWN ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR PRODUCTION FILES?
WHAT SIZES DO YOU OFFER?
5 x 7
5 x 8
5.5 x 8.5
6 x 9
7 x 10
8 x 8
8.5 x 8.5
8 x 10
8.5 x 11
DO YOU GIVE AUTHORS DISCOUNTS WHEN THEY BUY THEIR OWN BOOKS?
Yes, starting at 35% on orders up to 25 copies, with increasingly deeper discounts on larger orders.
DO YOU OFFER SHORT-RUN PRINTING ON LARGE ORDERS OF 2,000 COPIES OR MORE AT A SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS?
DO YOU UPSELL AUTHORS ON WORTHLESS COFFEE MUGS, T-SHIRTS, CROWDED CO-OP ADS, AND OTHER STUFF?
No. We provide all BookLocker authors with a free copy of 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan. We are also always available for free advice, as well as the exchange of creative marketing ideas.
DO I KEEP MY RIGHTS?
Yes. BookLocker only asks for non-exclusive rights. However, authors using the Payment Plan Program agree to only sell their book through BookLocker until their balance is repaid. Those authors can, of course, purchase print copies at their author discount(s), and re-sell those.
HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO TERMINATE MY CONTRACT?
You can terminate your contract same-day by contacting us through your author account. Payment Plan authors need to reimburse their balance to the company before their book can be terminated.
DO YOU PUBLISH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES?
No. BookLocker.com screens manuscripts for quality and salability. Selling bad books ultimately hurts all authors because bookstores, libraries, and even general readers won’t buy again from a company that sold them a poor product.
WHERE CAN I READ YOUR CONTRACT?
WHERE CAN I SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT FOR CONSIDERATION?
WHY SHOULD I USE BookLocker INSTEAD OF SOMEBODY ELSE?
– Low fees with outstanding, personal customer service!
– In business since, 1998, BookLocker is family-owned and operated on Florida’s beautiful gulf coast. Made in the U.S.A.! There is no stuffy, rich board of directors telling us how to treat our authors. You have DIRECT access, via your author account (and email), to the owners, Richard and Angela. BookLocker has published more than 7,000 titles, and has an exemplary reputation. You can read numerous unsolicited author testimonials HERE.
– Made in the U.S.A.! BookLocker is an American-owned and -operated company. Our printer is also an American company. Many of our competitors exploit cheap foreign labor. We don’t. We have a very small staff and we do have two foreign folks working for us, directly under Angela’s supervision, but we pay them the same wage as we pay our American employees, despite the cost of living in their locale. We don’t outsource to outside call centers that pay pennies on the dollar. We don’t have any call centers at all. We don’t have an “author marketing department” overseas that employs telemarketers to upsell our authors on worthless products and services. We don’t have an “author marketing department” at all. We have a personal relationship with everyone on our staff and we pay them all directly, not through low-paying, third-party contractors.
– One-on-one relationship with authors. You will never be juggled from one “representative” to another. BookLocker is small and lean. Since we are selective about what we publish, we are able to devote personal attention to each and every author.
– No non-USA operators, call-centers, or salespeople badgering you by email or phone. We detest spammers and telemarketers and we bet you do, too!
– An industry leader – One of the original P.O.D. publishers with 7,000+ books published in 18 years – and still going strong!
BookLocker.com has published more than 7, 000 books, and has been given the highest rating (“Outstanding”) by attorney Mark Levine in his book, The Fine Print of Self Publishing, which rates the contracts and services of Print on Demand companies.
Here’s what Mark Levine says about BookLocker.com:
“As close to perfection as you’re going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I’ve ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and has put together a package that is the best in the business. You can’t go wrong here. Plus, they’re selective and won’t publish any manuscript just because it’s accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors’ books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know.”
– Fighting for the rights of indie authors!
BookLocker sued Amazon back in 2008 – and won. BookLocker’s books remain on Amazon due to the agreement Amazon signed. (Amazon also had to pay BookLocker’s attorneys $300K.) You can read about the case HERE.
– Angela Hoy also fights for the rights of freelance writers.
BookLocker.com is the parent company of WritersWeekly.com. The publisher, Angela Hoy (one of BookLocker’s owners), has been fighting for the rights of writers since 1997.
WHAT ARE YOUR AUTHORS SAYING ABOUT YOU?
Please read unsolicited testimonials from our authors HERE.