"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 have 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."
- Attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

 

Publish Through BookLocker.com

As prices go up across the board, and as unemployment continues, many authors would like to get their books on the market but simply can’t afford it.

While firms like Author Solutions (owner of AuthorHouse, Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford and more) are squeezing authors out of thousands to tens of thousands of dollars (which we’re betting most authors will never recover in resulting book sales), BookLocker is going in the opposite direction – offering publishing packages for any budget.

SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT FOR CONSIDERATION
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
Got Questions? Just ask Angela, Co-owner of BookLocker.com!
(That's right, you work directly with the owner of the company. No revolving customer service reps, no layers of bureaucracy to navigate, and absolutely no outsourcing to third-world countries.)
Not ready to sign up yet? Follow BookLocker.com on Facebook to keep track of self-publishing news and marketing resources!

 

Chart Notes:

*ORIGINAL COVER DESIGN: See samples from BookLocker's cover designer here. (Click on each cover at that link to see the entire cover - front, back and spine)

**Most Epub/Mobi conversions are basic, have 2 or fewer graphics, and include an automated table of contents. Books with more complex formatting like extra graphics, footnotes, endnotes, an index, tables, etc. may require an extra fee. You can request a quote at any time.

***The first year annual POD File hosting fees ($18) for the At-Your-Service and Expedited Programs are included in the setup fees listed above.

 

Package Details:

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 get to work. You may submit your own cover at no additional charge or you may order original cover design from us. 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. The publication time for the print book is 2 weeks after the author sends their 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 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, preformatted, 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 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.

Royalties:

Print Royalties

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 monthly to U.S. authors with an unpaid royalty balance of $40 or more. The payment threshold for foreign authors is $100.

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 checks mailed to the author within the last 24 months.

Common Questions:

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.

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.

CAN I PRINT MY COMPANY’S NAME/LOGO INSTEAD OF YOURS IN/ON MY BOOK?
Yes.

DOES THE AUTHOR OWN ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR PRODUCTION FILES?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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 agree to only sell their book through BookLocker until their balance is repaid.

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 termination.

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.

SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT FOR CONSIDERATION
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
Got Questions? Just ask Angela, Co-owner of BookLocker.com!
(That's right, you work directly with the owner of the company. No revolving customer service reps, no layers of bureaucracy to navigate, and absolutely no outsourcing to third-world countries.)
Not ready to sign up yet? Follow BookLocker.com on Facebook to keep track of self-publishing news and marketing resources!

 

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 DIY 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 DIY program. If a DIY author submits incorrect files two times, we will then need to charge a spec-check fee, which is $25 for each subsequent incorrect file submitted. We do provide lists of items that need to be fixed when authors submit incorrect files.

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 POD setup fee and original cover art orders. 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.

SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT FOR CONSIDERATION
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
Got Questions? Just ask Angela, Co-owner of BookLocker.com!
(That's right, you work directly with the owner of the company. No revolving customer service reps, no layers of bureaucracy to navigate, and absolutely no outsourcing to third-world countries.)
Not ready to sign up yet? Follow BookLocker.com on Facebook to keep track of self-publishing news and marketing resources!

 

Who We Are:

Our company 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 writer’s 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 13 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 respected online brand.

Our Company History:

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, we bought Booklocker.com – one of the first stores online that sold ebooks. A year later we started offering POD services. In the Spring of 2001, we decided to incorporate all our business ventures under one banner – BookLocker.com, Inc.

So we’ve been publishing and selling other authors’ ebooks since 1999, and publishing and selling POD books since 2000.

Reasons Not To Use Us:

We’re not going to give you some sales bull about how we are the best for every author. 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 book stores, we’re not the right company for you. No POD company is. Most bookstores will not stock POD books because they want a 50% discount to do so. Given the cost structure of POD, it is not possible to offer such a deep discount.

That said, bookstores do buy from us when their customers ask them to special-order a copy.

Authors making the most money on our system are selling directly to the customer through BookLocker.com, Amazon.com, or their own sites.

2.) If you are not comfortable interacting entirely online, we are not the company for you. All our interaction is done via email and our author messaging system. 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 (4-6 weeks max) and can pay better royalty rates than our competitors.

3.) If you don’t like to market your book, we are definitely the wrong company for you. Our entire business is built around helping authors cost-effectively find their market. Epublishing (POD and ebooks) combined with the Internet offers the best way for new authors to do this without dishing out thousands of dollars. For $675 (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 only work with authors who are located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

The Next Step:

We review manuscripts before agreeing to accept them 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 package and send us your files.

 

SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT FOR CONSIDERATION
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
Got Questions? Just ask Angela, Co-owner of BookLocker.com!
(That's right, you work directly with the owner of the company. No revolving customer service reps, no layers of bureaucracy to navigate, and absolutely no outsourcing to third-world countries.)
Not ready to sign up yet? Follow BookLocker.com on Facebook to keep track of self-publishing news and marketing resources!

 

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