Frequently Asked Questions
- When are my royalty checks mailed out?
- Why should I choose Wasteland Press?
- Does Wasteland Press use high-pressure sales techniques?
- Am I required to know a lot about computers?
- Can I use my credit card to pay Wasteland Press?
- What about my ownership rights in the work?
- Can I sell my free copies to others?
- Who determines the price of my book?
- How can I promote my book?
- How much will it cost to reorder my book after I have sold my initial copies?
- Is 2-10 hours of copy editing time enough time to fully edit my book?
- Does Wasteland Press use templates when designing your cover?
- What is the turnaround time for the publication of my book?
- Can I use my purchased ISBN and my own publishing label?
When are royalty checks mailed out?
Royalty checks are mailed out quarterly of each calendar year. Each quarter ends at the last day of the following calendar months: March, June, September, and December. Royalty checks will be mailed out by the 15th of the month following the end of each quarter. Thus, royalty checks will be mailed out by April 15th (for the March quarter end), July 15th (for the June quarter end), October 15th (for the September quarter end), and January 15th (for the December quarter end).
Why should I choose Wasteland Press?
The prices you are quoted are for printing services only! Thus, it is our job to market your book in order to make money. So, we work for you, not against you! Additionally, you can sell your free copies and earn your investment back. No one in the self publishing industry offers you such services as well as a chance to earn your initial investment back. Also, we provide full-service publishing at no extra charge! Our publishing plans include all of the following at no extra charge: cover design (we design your cover from scratch and DO NOT use cover templates), formatting service (we format your book by adding headers, pagination, and even footnotes/endnotes), one-contact Customer Service (no dealing with several individuals), and we even include editing services for most of our plans! We challenge you to find a better deal and if you do, we will match or exceed our competitor's offer!
Does Wasteland Press use high-pressure sales techniques?
Never. We are a customer service oriented company. When an author inquires about our services, we provide information and we allow this information to sell itself. We will never follow-up with unwanted phone calls, e-mails, or any other means of contacting you about your intentions to publish with us. We want you to feel confident that you made the right choice in publishing with Wasteland Press by giving you honest answers to all your questions. We take pride in being an ethical business who fully discloses the entire publishing process.
Am I required to know a lot about computers?
Not at all. All you need to provide is a .txt based file (MSWORD, MS TXT, InDesign, WORDPERFECT, etc.) of your work and let us do everything from there. Some of you may want to design your own cover--we have set up all technical requirements for designing your cover here. Otherwise, we will design the cover for you free of charge!
Can I use my credit card to pay Wasteland Press?
YES. Credit card payments are accepted. Wasteland Press accepts the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. You can also pay by check or money order (must be payable in U.S. Funds) by printing an order form and mailing it to the attached address.
What about my ownership rights in the work?
You retain full ownership and copyright. So, you can sell the same work elsewhere. Also, you can cancel your contract at anytime. Thus, if Random House or any other big house publisher wants to pick up your work, you are free to go as you please without any penalty or fee!
Can I sell my free copies to others?
Absolutely! Remember, you own the copyright of your book. So, once you have your free copies, you can do whatever you like with them. Give them to your family and friends and even sell them to your readers for profit!
Who determines the price of my book?
Pricing is determined by the author with the assistance of Wasteland Press. In other words, we give you a price range for your book and you choose the price within this range. Thus, let's say your book is 100 pages. We will give you the retail price range of $5.95 to $15.95. You, the author, will need to consider a retail price taking into consideration the following two factors: 1) Royalties: The higher the price of your book, the more royalty you will receive when we sell your book out in the marketplace. 2) Competition: What is the price for similar books in your book's genre? If you charge too much for your book, will the retail price encourage a perspective buyer to look elsewhere?
How can I promote my book?
The best promoter of your book is, in fact, yourself. Only you, the author, truly knows the passion and insight of your book. You are the only one who knows how many countless hours you have spent on your book and how much it means to you personally, as well as what you believe others will feel about it too.
How much will it cost to reorder my book after I have sold my initial copies?
The price of reordering your books is obviously dependent upon how many you order, just like the difference between ordering the Platinum Plan versus the Gold Plan. However, your book order will always be at least 50% off the suggested retail price (or lower) guaranteed! So, there is no hidden extra cost when you reorder. We want to empower you to make money selling your books, because the more successful you are, the more successful we are! Please note: these discounts can only be offered for our non-color, conventional paperback copies sold within the United States. Color books and books sold outside of the United States can not be offered this same discount because of the high cost of production of these books.
Is 2-10 hours of copy editing time enough time to fully edit my book?
No it is not. The 2-10 hours of copy editing stipulated by our publishing plans are just another opportunity for another set of eyes to read through your manuscript and correct mistakes when they are found. Also, please note that this time is also dedicated to improve the formatting and style of your book. The amount of editing time provided by our publishing plans is not intended for a comprehensive edit to catch all mistakes. Please understand that a good edit takes around 10 full working days by a professional editor. The costs of a good professional editor on an average size book usually costs upwards of a thousand dollars. If presenting a professionally edited book is your goal, then please contact us here and we can recommend several third party editors to help refine your book.
Does Wasteland Press use templates when designing your cover?
No, we do not. All our covers, ranging from the Basic to the Ultimate Plan, are designed from scratch and are uniquely individual. There are no extra costs associated with this feature with our publishing plans. We want your book to be professionally designed. After all, your book cover reflects as much upon our publishing company as it does for you. So, it is very important to us to have a professionally designed book cover!
What is the turnaround time for the publication of my book?
Most conventional paperbacks take 2-3 weeks to set-up and publish. Our full color books and conventional hardback books take around 3-4 weeks to set-up and publish. It usually takes around 2-4 weeks for your book to start showing up in the global marketplace, i.e. Amazon.com and other third party retailers. So, if time is a factor in getting your book produced, we are second to none in our industry!
Can I use my purchased ISBN and my own publishing label?
Yes you can. All you need to do is inform us of your own ISBN number and the label you would like to use for publishing your book upon submitting your materials for publication. However, you will need to register your title information with Bowker, since we can not do so without having your login information.
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Joanne Cunningham, Wisconsin
"The books arrived today and they're beautiful! I just want you to know how pleased I am with the entire process. Anyone who doesn't use Wasteland Press to publish their book is a fool...This was my second publishing experience and there was absolutely no comparison. Publisher 'X' took ten months of blood, sweat and tears out of my life. Wasteland Press got it done in three weeks. Awesome."
Janis Moon, Missouri
"I received my books yesterday afternoon. They look GREAT! I love the cover and also the interior. The font and the paper are just marvelous. I am so delighted and appreciative of how easy the whole process was. I am going to let all my writer friends know about Wasteland Press and I expect to do multiple books with you in the future."
Mary Amesbury, Cleveland, OH