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iUniverse General Information

 What type of publishing services does iUniverse provide?
 What do the iUniverse publishing packages include?
 How does iUniverse's publishing process work?
 Does iUniverse publish any book regardless of its content?
 Does iUniverse publish children's books or books of poetry?
 How does iUniverse calculate royalties?
 I cannot login to my myUniverse account. How can I fix this?
 What is a BISAC code and back cover category? How do I change them?
 What types of books are ineligible for a Library of Congress Control Number?

What type of publishing services does iUniverse provide?

iUniverse offers publishing packages to suit every writer's individual needs. Take a look at what each one offers. The Publishing Packages section of our Web site tells you what you'll need to work with us. If you have any more questions regarding a specific publishing package, you can request a free publishing guide from our Publishing Specialists.

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What do the iUniverse publishing packages include?

Each iUniverse publishing package includes the following great benefits:

  • Quality Trade Paperback: A professionally designed, quality trade paperback with a custom full-color cover. For each book, we assign an ISBN, list it in Books-In-Print and in the databases of major book wholesalers. While there is an additional fee for graphics within the book, cover graphics are included in the publishing fee, and you can submit your own ideas and/or images for use.
  • Worldwide Book Distribution: All iUniverse titles are available to order from online bookstores like Amazon.com and B&N.com and, of course, from the iUniverse bookstore.
  • Top-of-the-Line Royalties: Higher than the standards set by most publishing companies, our standard print royalties through the iUniverse bookstore are 25 percent of the retail price. Print royalties through a retail channel, such as Amazon, is 10 percent of retail price, e-book royalties are 50 percent of net and audio book royalties are 10 percent of retail price. Refer to the Publishing Agreement for the program you are interested in for details.
  • Great Discounts to Authors: Read the individual Publishing Agreements for details. We also offer competitive bookseller discounts.
  • Shorter Production Time: Shorter than that of traditional publishing companies, our current production process usually takes 60-90 days. After our production is complete, give our online booksellers three to four weeks to list your book in their databases.
  • An Online Electronic Proof: We provide an online proof of each book, allowing authors the opportunity to proof their book for any minor typos and corrections. Be thorough - this opportunity is only provided to authors once.

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How does iUniverse's publishing process work?

Before beginning your publishing process, make sure that your manuscript (or out-of-print book) meets our minimum length requirements. If you're concerned that your book is too long or too short, please contact us. Select and purchase the iUniverse Publishing Package that best meets your needs. Next, submit your manuscript (or out-of-print book) to iUniverse. Submissions should be done online through the author's myUniverse page at the iUniverse website.

Once your submission has been accepted, it will be assigned an ISBN and will enter the iUniverse publishing process. A professional designer will create a unique full-color book cover. We'll also design the book block, or interior of your manuscript or out-of-print book. When this has been completed, you will be given an opportunity to proof your book.

Please note: Submissions submitted on disk by postal mail will take longer, and require additional fees as additional production processes are required. Additionally, submissions that require an Editorial Evaluation will take longer.

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Does iUniverse publish any book, regardless of its content?

iUniverse will not publish books that violate or infringe upon any personal or proprietary right, including copyrights, trademark rights, trade secret rights, contract rights, privacy rights or publicity rights of any persons. In addition, we will not publish works that are defamatory, pornographic or obscene to a degree that they would not be carried by a traditional trade bookstore. Books cannot, in any way, include recipes, formulas, instructions or recommendations that may be injurious to any reader, user or third person. iUniverse does not publish works that are in the public domain.

iUniverse also reserves the right to decline or discontinue publication if a work is deemed to have a risk of litigation or other adverse commercial consequences.

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Does iUniverse publish children's books or books of poetry?

We do publish children's books and books of poetry, but not too many. Few children's books and books of poetry meet our minimum length requirement. Our books can include color graphics on the cover and within the text of the book.

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How does iUniverse calculate royalties?

Your royalty rate calculations are based on the date you signed your author agreement.

Author agreements signed on or after July 2, 2014

Royalties are based on the net payments we actually receive from the sale of printed or electronic (e-book) copies of your book, minus any shipping and handling charges or sales and use taxes. Since retail and wholesale customers purchase on a discount, the royalty amount you receive depends on what type of customer bought your book, the channel through which they purchased, and any discount they received. Royalty percentages for printed, electronic (e-book), or audio copies are as follows:

  • 25 percent of the retail price for sales of printed copies or audiobook copies directly through the iUniverse website bookstore.
  • 10 percent of the retail price for sales of printed copies or audiobook copies through one of our distribution channels, such as Amazon.*
  • 50 percent of digital net received for each e-book copy sold.

Here is an example of a common sales transaction of a printed book:

  • The retail price (list price) for your softcover book is $15.95.
  • Your iUniverse royalty rate for retail transactions is 10 percent.
  • A retailer, such as Barnes & Noble, places an order for your book through Ingram Book Company, a wholesaler.
  • Ingram then resells the book to the retailer.

Your royalty on this retail sale is calculated as follows:

Source Softcover list price Royalty % Royalty Earned
Amazon.com $15.95 10% $1.60

Web Sale Example:

Another scenario occurs when a consumer comes to the iUniverse bookstore and purchases your book directly. Your royalty on this sale of the same book is calculated as follows:

Source Softcover list price Royalty % Royalty Earned
iUniverse website $15.95 25% $3.99

Please be aware that the largest retailers, including Barnes & Noble, place orders for print copies of iUniverse titles through Ingram, so those orders will appear as wholesale sales on your royalty statement.

Minimum Threshold for Payments

If your quarterly determination of royalties in any calendar year exceeds seventy-five ($75) dollars, the payment shall be issued according to the quarterly payment schedule. If the quarterly royalties due are equal to or less than seventy-five ($75) dollars, the quarterly royalty amount will be carried forward and added to the subsequent quarterly royalty amount due. Until cumulative author royalties exceed seventy-five ($75) dollars, each quarterly author royalties will be carried forward and added to the cumulative author royalties. Cumulative author royalties at the end of a calendar year will be issued by February 28.

* Please note: The 25 percent royalty rate only applies to consumer orders placed with iUniverse. A retail order placed with iUniverse qualifies for the 10 percent royalty.

Author agreements signed prior to July 2, 2014

Royalties are based on the net payments we actually receive from the sale of printed or electronic (e-book) copies of your book, minus any shipping and handling charges or sales and use taxes. Since retail and wholesale customers purchase at a discount, the royalty amount you receive depends on what types of customer bought your book, the channel through which they purchased, and any discount they received.

Here's an example of a common sales transaction:

The cover price (list price) for your book is $17.95. Your iUniverse royalty rate is 50 percent.

Wholesale Example:

A retailer places an order for your book through Ingram Book Company, a wholesaler. Ingram, in turn, purchases your book from iUniverse at a discount. Your royalty on this sale is calculated as follows:

$17.95 (SRP "Suggested Retail Price")
- $9.87 (55% Retail Discount)
= $8.08 (Net Retail Discount)
- $4.97 (COGS "Cost of Goods Sold")
= $3.11 (Net COGS)
x 50% (Royalty Rate)
= $1.56 (Royalty Earned from a retail sale)

Web Sale Example:

$17.95 (SRP "Suggested Retail Price")
- $4.97 (COGS "Cost of Goods Sold")
= $12.98 (Net COGS)
x 50% (Royalty Rate)
= $6.49 (Royalty Earned from a web sale)

You should be aware that the largest retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, place orders for iUniverse titles through Ingram; those orders will appear as wholesale sales on your royalty statement.

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I cannot login to my myUniverse account. How can I fix this?

Sometimes when signing into your myUniverse account you might encounter an error message like this (even though you know that your password and email are correct):

"There is no user with the email and password you supplied. Please try again. Thank you."

This is a common error message and can be easily resolved in most cases by doing the following:

  • Remove any extra characters.
    Double-check that you are using the correct email and password to login, remove extra spaces, periods or other special characters.
  • Clear your HISTORY and CACHE.
    To do this, close all instances of your internet browser. Then, go to your "Start" menu (lower-left-hand corner of the screen) and select "Settings", and "Control Panel". Next, double-click the "Internet Options" icon. Finally, click on the "Delete Cookies," "Delete Files"and"Clear History" buttons.
  • Allow Cookies.
    Go to the top of the dialog box and click on the "Privacy" tab. Drop the sliders to LOW and click "Ok."

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What is a BISAC code and back cover category? How do I change them?

BISAC stands for Book Industry Standards and Communications. It is a code that helps booksellers determine the primary subject or focus of a book. Notice the different sections of your local bookstore to see some of the existing classifications. For example: science fiction, literature, romance, self-help, cookbooks and history.

The back cover category is a label placed on the back cover of your book that provides more detailed classification information that is easily accessible to a potential buyer. For example, a back cover category will give a reader browsing the science fiction shelves an easy way to differentiate between a book on time-travel and a space-opera novel.

Contact your Publishing Services Associate if you want to change your book's BISAC code or back cover category.

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What types of books are ineligible for a Library of Congress Control Number? 

The Library of Congress sets strict guidelines about which books may receive a Library of Congress Control Number.
The following types of books are ineligible for Library of Congress Control Numbers:

  • Books which do not list a U.S. city as place of publication on the title page or copyright page
  • E-Books (i.e. books published in electronic format)
  • Serials
  • Custom editions
  • Items under 50 pages with the exception of genealogies and children's literature and catalog exhibitions submitted by museums and art galleries
  • Textbooks below the college level
  • Items not intended for wide distribution to libraries
  • Religious instructional materials
  • Expendable educational materials
  • Translations except Spanish
  • Music scores
  • Crossword puzzle book 

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