Our Design and Publishing Process
To begin with ...
We begin the design and publishing process by sending you the 'Author’s Guide to Publishing with Echo Books'. This explains the publishing process and some tips that we have learned over the years.
When you are ready, you can request a quote from us. It is at this stage that you can start deciding what style and type of book you want to have published.
And then ...
Our first steps are to finalise the title and subtitle, and then develop concepts and options for the cover.
Once we have a cover and a blurb we create a dedicated web page on our Echo Books website for your book, including the facility for people to register interest in it. Later we can add an author bio, additional images, testimonials, reviews, sound and video clips to make the page more engaging.
If requested, we can introduce you to proofreaders and editors, as well as artists or cartographers - trusted specialists who can provide their services to you. We prefer for authors to enter into separate contracts with these suppliers as direct communication is essential to achieving a quality finished product.
Next up ...
We then start work on typesetting the manuscript. We allow our authors two opportunities to review the draft typeset and make minor revisions or corrections.
We assign and register an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) which helps provide copyright protection.
When your cover and internal files are finalised we arrange for a print proof. The book is only published and made available for sale when you are satisfied with it.
We distribute your book through Lightning Source, who in turn resell it through several major resellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson, Booktopia, Fishpond. Through these resellers, buyers can find your book across multiple websites and search engines. When your book goes live, we’ll add links to them on your title’s web page.
Retail booksellers can also order your book from Lightning Source directly. So, at the end of the day, anyone on the planet will be able to find and purchase your book, and for every copy sold a royalty payment will come back to the author.
And finally ...
We send sales data and royalties payments to authors at the end of each financial quarter.
Once a title is published, we maintain the title web page and the resellers each sell your book via their websites, but any marketing remains the responsibility of the author. The author, if they choose to, arranges any book launches, reviews or speaker events. The author can purchase copies of their book at cost price through Echo Books and are free to on-sell those copies at any price they choose.