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Book Production Information

Can I include pictures or drawings in my book?
How does iUniverse set the price of my book?
My original book has color/sepia illustrations. How will they be printed?
What are iUniverse's proofing policies?
What do I need to submit to iUniverse to publish my book?
What kind of binding does iUniverse offer?
Why do the colors used in my book cover vary slightly on the iUniverse Web site, on the pdf of the cover proof, and on the actual printed book?
Will my book be sold in Barnes & Noble stores?
Will my title and author information appear on the spine of my book?
What is a "bleed" in a cover design?
What sizes, binding and types of paper are available for iUniverse books?  


Can I include pictures or drawings in my book?

Yes. Please note that all images in iUniverse books will be converted to black and white (grayscale). All image files for use in your book should reflect a resolution of no less than 300 DPI at the desired print size. Image placement should be noted in your manuscript with image instructions and the image files provided as separate .jpg or .tif files. Please refer to the Manuscript Preparation Guide for more information regarding image placement and instructions..

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How does iUniverse set the price of my book?

The book price is set once the manuscript has been submitted and has gone through production. The following table provides you with an estimate of what your book price will be. This table doesn't guarantee that your book will fall within this range (you'll only know once your manuscript has been submitted and gone through production).

Manuscript Word Count or /Page Count*  Book Price Range*
20,000 words (or less) or 75 pages (or less) $8.95-$10.95
40,000 words or 120 pages $10.95-$13.95
60,000 words or 180 pages $13.95-$16.95
80,000 words or 240 pages $15.95-$19.95
100,000 words or 300 pages $17.95-$21.95
120,000 words or 360 pages $20.95-$23.95
140,000 words or 420 pages $22.95-$26.95
160,000 words or 480 pages $25.95-$29.95
180,000 words or 540 pages $27.95-$31.95
200,000+ words or 600+ pages $29.95+

* These are estimated book pricing ranges based on page or word count. However, actual book pricing is determined by a number of factors including the format, book size, genre and final page count.

If you would like to increase the price of your book for competitive reasons, please contact your Publishing Services Assistant.

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My original book has color/sepia illustrations. How will they be printed?

All graphics in iUniverse books appear in black and white. We will do what we can to translate your illustrations, however, color and sepia illustrations may not scan well to black and white.

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What are iUniverse's proofing policies?

iUniverse authors will be provided with one opportunity to review an electronic proof of their book block and/or cover design.

Proofing New Manuscripts

As a part of the proofing process, authors may make 50 minor corrections to their book cover, book block, or a combination of both free of charge. Minor corrections include missing or misspelled words and incorrect punctuation, words or numbers. Each individual instance will count as 1 correction.

If an author wishes to make more than 50 corrections, additional corrections may be purchased for a fee of $100 for each block of up to 25 corrections. If you find you need to make significant changes to your book, moving or removing paragraphs for example, contact your publishing services representative for instructions.

All corrections must be noted on the iUniverse Electronic Proof Form that is provided with your author proofs. The completed form must be returned via e-mail within 14 calendar days. If it is not returned within the specified time period, we reserve the right to cancel your submission without refund of the submission fee.

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Proofing Out-of-Print Books

Out-of-print book submissions are digitally scanned and appear in the same type and format as the original book, which makes proofing the book block of an out-of-print title unnecessary.

We do provide an electronic proof of the book cover for the author to review. The author is allowed up to 14 calendar days to view the proof. All requested changes must be noted on the iUniverse Electronic Proof Form provided with your proof.

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What do I need to submit to iUniverse to publish my book?

Once your manuscript is complete and you have an idea for the book cover you are ready to start the publishing process. You can also see a list of everything you need in the publishing checklist.

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What kind of binding does iUniverse offer?

iUniverse books are "perfect bound." Perfect bound books are made by joining the paper cover to the pages with adhesive. The spine or binding is clamped, roughened and fanned so the adhesive envelopes the edge of each sheet. When the cover is pressed against the surface, some of the adhesive is forced between the pages, forming a strong bond. After drying, the book is trimmed on its three remaining sides.

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Why do the colors used in my book cover vary slightly on the iUniverse Web site, on the PDF of the cover proof and on the actual printed book?

The same cover graphic is used by each medium (book cover, Web site photo, PDF) that needs to display or use it. A number of variables come into play when working with or viewing files electronically, such as calibration of the computer monitor, type of printer and lighting and perception of color. While the cover graphic remains the same, the medium with which the customer is viewing the cover does change and so may the colors. Within the digital printing industry, there is an ongoing effort to improve the standards of cover reproduction and color management.

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Will my book be sold in Barnes & Noble stores?

Publishing with iUniverse does not assure shelf space at any bookstore. Books published via our Bookstore Premier Pro, Premier Pro, Premier, or Select Publishing Packages will be available for order at thousands of bookstores including online retailers such as Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com.

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Will my title and author information appear on the spine of my book?

Yes. If your book consists of more than 100 pages once we format your manuscript for paperback publishing or 108 pages once we format your manuscript for hardcover publishing, we will include your title and author information on the spine of the book. We are not able to print title and author information on spines of books that are less than 101 pages in paperback format or 108 pages in hardcover format. Please note that there is a limit of 42 characters for the imprint of spine text upon a hardcover book.

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What is a "bleed" in a cover design?

"Bleed" is the term for printing that goes right to the edge of the paper. Printed pieces that have a white border or white around the edges, do not bleed. If you have images or backgrounds that you want to print (bleed) off the edge of the paper, then you must design your job larger than the final CUT SIZE. We create bleeds by actually cutting through the enlarged image/background.

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What sizes, binding and types of paper are available for iUniverse books?

iUniverse publishes trade paperback books in perfect-bound format, a type of book binding that uses glue to hold the pages and cover together (typical of most professional books found in stores). iUniverse prints books in various combinations of binding and paper types.

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