Publish Through BookLocker.com
BookLocker.com is a print-on-demand and ebook publishing services company. We help authors self-publish books.
Unlike the "other guys," BookLocker is not into upselling you on products and services. We're not going to sell you bookmarks and coffee mugs with your book's cover on them because it would be a waste of your money. Our goal is to get a quality book quickly into the market (usually in a month or less) with the lowest out-of-pocket cost to you. We then help you create an environment that favors book sales by giving you a free copy of the book, 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan. Almost every resource in the book is free and, if you use the advice in that resource, you WILL sell more books!
You have direct access to the owner of the company, as well as to our staff listed below. No revolving customer service reps, no layers of bureaucracy to navigate, and absolutely no outsourcing to low-paying overseas call centers. We don't use call centers or telemarketing at all. You will never be shuffled from one "customer service rep" to another because we don't have any of those. You will communicate directly with Angela about any needs you have at all, as well as Richard (book marketing advice), Brian (ebooks and technical issues), Ali (print formatting), Gwen (color-interior books) and Todd or Nancy (our awesome cover designers).
Who We Are
BookLocker is co-owned by the husband and wife team of Angela and Richard Hoy.
Angela is well-known in the online freelance writing community as the publisher and editor of WritersWeekly.com, a site that publishes new freelance jobs and paying markets every Wednesday. She is also a vocal advocate for writers' rights, publishing numerous articles on how writers can protect themselves from deadbeat editors and publishers, as well as common industry scams. She has one traditionally published book (How to Publish and Promote Online, St. Martins Press), as well as 18 self-published titles.
Richard has been involved in Internet marketing since it became a profession back in 1995. Early in his career, he developed and executed online promotional strategies for a number of companies. He was moderator of the Online Advertising Discussion list, the first discussion community on the Internet dedicated to the subject of online advertising. He created and edited The ClickZ Guide to Email Marketing, one of the first compendiums on the subject of the then-emerging field of email marketing. He was a regular speaker at the popular Web Advertising and Web Marketing conference series back in the heyday of the dotcom boom; as well as a columnist on ClickZ, where he wrote a well-received column on small business use of the Internet. For the past 15 years, he's focused his expertise on building the self-publishing services company BookLocker.com into a highly respected online brand.
Angela started WritersWeekly.com, our publication for writers, in 1997 as an independent project. She was one of the first authors to use ebook technology to publish her work (long before Stephen King made the term “ebook” famous). In September of 1999, after marrying, Angela and Richard bought Booklocker.com – one of the first stores online that sold ebooks. A year later, they started offering POD services. In the Spring of 2001, they decided to incorporate all their business ventures under one banner – BookLocker.com, Inc.
So been publishing and selling other authors’ ebooks since 1999, and publishing and selling print books since 2000. You can read much more here: The Romantic History of BookLocker.com and WritersWeekly.com.
What It Costs
At BookLocker, our published setup fee price includes everything to get the book out into the market, period. No runaround. No surprises. No hidden fees. And, BookLocker keeps the setup charge low so you can make back the investment as quickly as possible through book sales. Here is what we charge:
AT-YOUR-SERVICE - This is our most popular program. For books with basic to moderate formatting needs, it's a simple and quick process. Just send us your manuscript as a word processing file (MSWord preferred) and we'll get to work. This program includes original cover design but you can submit your own cover if you want. Ask about our payment plan if you need help with the up-front fees.
EXPEDITED - For authors who need the At-Your-Service Program level of assistance for print books within 2 weeks. We'll get your book to market approximately 2 weeks after you send your final file to us. Add extra time if you need to order and receive copies for an event. NOTE: Delivery of the print galley may be delayed for authors located outside of the U.S. because international shipping companies are not always reliable and even expedited international shipping can take longer than desired by us and the author. Once a book leaves the U.S., we and the author are at the mercy of foreign shipping services.
D.I.Y. - The author will provide us with professional, ready-to-print interior and cover PDF files. They must be formatted to our specs, which are provided in Step 4 of the P.O.D. process. The Setup fee ($25), Print Proof ($35), and the first year annual P.O.D. file hosting fee ($18) must be purchased up front. All authors must receive and approve a print proof before a book can be put on the market. Unlike the "other guys," a real human being at BookLocker reviews all D.I.Y. files to ensure they meet the printer's requirements. The "other guys" make you wait for your print galley to discover you made mistakes. They then charge you more money later to "fix" the problem(s), wasting your time and costing you more money. If a D.I.Y. author's files do not meet the printer's specs, the author agrees to pay the Interior formatting verification fee ($75) and/or the Cover verification fee ($75) for BookLocker to process new files, and to send lists of formatting/design errors. DIY authors can upgrade to our full-service program at any time. COMPARE: CreateSpace charges $248 for interior and cover confirmation.
NEED COLOR-INTERIOR PUBLISHING? Click HERE for pricing.
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?
DO YOU OFFER 24-HOUR ONLINE ACCESS TO ROYALTY INFO?
HOW FAST DO YOU GET A PRINT BOOK TO MARKET?
WHERE ARE YOUR PRINT BOOKS LISTED AND SOLD? AND, ARE YOUR BOOKS DISTRIBUTED BY INGRAM, THE WORLD'S LARGEST BOOK DISTRIBUTOR?
Yes, our print books are distributed by Ingram, which has more than 38,000 retail, school, library and distribution partners across the globe. 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 - around the world! 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?
DO YOU HAVE ANY HIDDEN FEES?
DO YOU PROVIDE AN ISBN AND BARCODE AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE?
CAN I PRINT MY COMPANY’S NAME/LOGO INSTEAD OF YOURS IN/ON MY BOOK?
DOES THE AUTHOR OWN ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR PRODUCTION FILES?
WHAT SIZES DO YOU OFFER?
DO YOU GIVE AUTHORS DISCOUNTS WHEN THEY BUY THEIR OWN BOOKS?
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?
DO I KEEP MY RIGHTS?
HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO TERMINATE MY CONTRACT?
DO YOU PUBLISH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES?
The Fine Print
BookLocker is NOT a traditional publisher. Authors are responsible for promoting their own books. All authors are provided with a free copy of 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy. We are also happy to provide free advice and to answer any marketing questions you may have. The marketing products and services offered by "the other guys" usually cost far more than any resulting book sales. We don't do business that way. We know how to promote books and we teach authors how to do so through their free copy of 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online.
ATTN: D.I.Y. - DO-IT-YOURSELF AUTHORS: If you sign up for the D.I.Y. package, but can't provide the files to our specs, you will need to either hire someone to do the work for you, or you will need to pay our designers for assistance. If you are not adept at MSWord and design programs, please do not sign up for the D.I.Y. program. If a D.I.Y. author submits incorrect files two times, we will then need to charge additional fees in order to review the new files, and to send lists of items that need to be fixed.
Cancellations prior to work being performed on your book: We understand that authors occasionally need to cancel their BookLocker.com contract for a variety of reasons. If you request a refund after payment is made, but before any file transmissions or formatting work is completed on your book, that is fine. However, BookLocker.com will retain a 25% cancellation fee to cover labor and transaction costs associated with processing the cancellation. When you pay your fee to us, you are agreeing that you understand a 25% cancellation fee will apply to all all fees that were paid. However, if any file transmissions have occurred or work has begun on your book or cover art, no refunds are permitted. This policy applies to all payments made during sign-up. Refunds are not permitted on D.I.Y. projects.
Reasons Not To Use Us
We’re not going to give you some sales bull about how we are the best for every author, nor are we going to tell you that you're going to be a "best selling author," or a "superstar." (You should avoid publishers that feed on authors' vanity in that fashion. Nobody can promise stardom!) Here are some reasons why BookLocker, and POD publishing in general, would not be a good match for you:
1.) If the primary way you want to sell your print book is through physical bookstores, please understand that is unlikely, whether you self-publish or land a traditional contract. Most books are purchased online now anyway.
More than one million books are published each year now and bookstores don't stock the vast majority of those, including traditionally published books. There simply isn't enough shelf space. However, people can walk into their local bookstore, and order one of our books. They can also order a copy from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, BooksAMillon.com, Powells.com, Chapters.ca, and many other online bookstores across the globe. Ebooks can be purchased from Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, Apple, Kobo (Canada's popular ebook retailer), and BookLocker.
BookLocker authors who are making the most money are selling their books directly to the customer through BookLocker.com, Amazon.com, and/or their own websites.
2.) If you are not comfortable interacting entirely online, we are not the company for you. All our interaction is done through our author messaging system (your "Author Account"). We find it the fastest, most efficient way to get a book up for sale. In large part, only interacting with authors online is why BookLocker can get books on the market faster (4 weeks or less) and can pay better royalty rates than our competitors.
3.) If you don’t plan to promote your book, we are definitely the wrong company for you. Our entire business is built around helping authors cost-effectively find their market. Epublishing (print and ebooks) combined with the Internet offers the best way for new authors to do this without dishing out thousands of dollars. For $875 (or less if you submit your own cover), our authors can get a book published and into the market to see what its potential is. And, because BookLocker takes no rights and has a cancel-at-any-time contract, books with potential can easily be taken to the next level – whether that is a bigger and better marketing effort, or the sale of the rights to a traditional publisher.
4.) We, unfortunately, don't work with jerks. If you are a jerk, you'd be better served by one of our competitors.
The Next Step
We review manuscripts before agreeing to accept them for publication. We do NOT charge a fee to consider a manuscript for publication. Click on the link below to submit your manuscript for consideration. Once we approve it, we'll send you the process for picking your publishing packageand sending us your final files.