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Editor's Choice FAQs

What is the Editor’s Choice program?
How can my book qualify for Editor’s Choice?
What are the benefits of the Editor's Choice designation?
How does free Professional Art Direction differ than Custom Cover Design that is already included in my publishing package?
Does the Editor's Choice designation help with sales?  

What is the Editor’s Choice program?

A prerequisite to the Rising Star and STAR programs, the Editor's Choice program is the first step to our higher-level programs and designations. iUniverse chooses only those titles that have the essential qualities of a professionally published book to be part of the designation.

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How can my book qualify for Editor’s Choice?  

Step 1: You must publish your book with a publishing package that includes Editor’s Choice Eligibility to qualify for this designation.

Step 2: Books that receive a positive Editorial Evaluation, our primary assessment of the editorial quality of your manuscript, are sent to our Editorial Board for careful consideration to receive the Editor’s Choice designation.

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What are the benefits of the Editor's Choice designation?
 

  • Eligibility to be considered for the Rising Star and STAR programs*
  • Opportunity to have iUniverse publicity staff enter Editor’s Choice titles into writing contests that authors cannot enter on their own
  • Free Professional Art Direction for your book cover (available to books published with Premier Pro or higher)
  • Placement of the Editor's Choice icon on the back cover of your book*
  • Placement of the Editor's Choice icon next to your book title in the iUniverse online bookstore
  • Featured placement in a separate Editor's Choice section of the iUniverse bookstore

*The Editor’s Choice icon will be placed on the cover of books that receive the award prior to going live. Books that receive the award after going live will be subject to a cover re-design fee if authors wish to include the logo on future printings.

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How does free Professional Art Direction differ than Custom Cover Design that is already included in my publishing package?

In order to qualify for the Editor’s Choice designation, your cover must stand out in the competitive marketplace. Our professional cover designers know the publishing industry best, so the cover they design will be the cover used for your published book. Of course, it’s always your choice to keep your original cover, but in that case, you won’t be eligible for the Editor’s Choice program.

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Does the Editor's Choice designation help with sales?

We can’t guarantee it, but in the publishing world, everyone from literary agents to booksellers ask two key questions when considering the potential success of a book: Is it good? Will it sell? The Editor's Choice designation answers that first question with a resounding yes. Also, keep in mind that many factors contribute to book sales, and more often than not, successful sales depend on the willingness of the author to market the book. The all-important word-of-mouth is a result of reaching readers to let them know the book is available and then delivering a quality product that they will recommend.

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