Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of publishing formats?
Hardcovers have a sturdy, protective outside shell covered with paper, cloth, or leather. Typically, they are made with a thick binder board, like stiff cardboard, and have a flexible spine so an opened book can be laid flat. Hardcovers are more durable than other paperbacks and more costly to produce and purchase.
Paperbacks are printed books with heavy paper stock on the outside. The pages are typically glued into the cover, so the spine must be broken to lay flat. They are lighter and cheaper than hardcovers but not as durable.
Electronic books, or eBooks, are books in a digital format. This is a newer format characterized by which electronic device it uses (mobile, eReaders, desktops) and how it appears (some are static files, while others allow readers to change text sizes or highlight passages).
Audiobooks have matured from books on tape and CDs to digital audio files. They require a published book, but they can open new audiences to authors and unique experiences for readers.
How long will it take to publish my book?
Hybrid publishing is a partnership between our authors and us. We focus on doing it right while balancing it with our author’s availability and happiness. Most authors see their books available through major print and online distribution channels within 6-8 months. At Page Publishing, we strive for a maximum timeline of 10 months, but this timeframe can vary depending on each author and project’s needs.
Do I need a literary agent to get published?
Most traditional publishers require you to have a literary agent before reviewing your work. The literary agent will submit your manuscript. Without them, your manuscript is considered an unsolicited manuscript, and over 95% are rejected outright.
Unfortunately, reputable literary agents are almost as challenging to obtain as traditional publishers. Plus, they cannot guarantee that you’ll be published and work on a retainer or another fee arrangement.
I previously published my book elsewhere. Can I switch to Page Publishing?
If you still own the rights to your manuscript, we will republish your previously published work as a second edition. We can also correct any errors that occurred during the prior publication process and work to improve your book by redesigning the cover if needed or embarking on an enhanced publicity campaign.
If you don’t own the rights to your manuscript, you’d need to review your contract to see how long the rights are locked or how you could buy back your rights.