Is digital publishing
a route I should take with my manuscript?
should consider having your book digitally published if...
(1) You own your own
computer/laptop and are familiar with searching the
(2) You know what a social network (such as FaceBook or Twitter) is and are
willing to join (or already have joined) at least 2 social networks
(3) You have read a book online or on your phone, iPad or other digital
device and believe in digital books (also known as eBooks) as a valid
(4) You have a valid email address and you are able to check it at
least twice a
(5) Your manuscript is completed, edited, and available in Word (.doc,
(6) You are willing and able to have at least 2 online profiles active
times for marketing purposes, such as your own social network
personal website or blog, or any combination thereof.
You are willing and able to help with the marketing of your book and would prefer to
have the backing of a reputable publishing company on your side instead
of going it alone (aka self-publishing).
How does the ordering process
work on your website?
SynergEbooks uses PayPal for
our shopping cart; it is safe and secure and
customers do not need to sign up with PayPal to order. Customers will
their preferred format via the drop-down menu and their digital file
sent to them via email within 24 hours (as noted on the
Are you Accepting Submissions
at this time?
are open, but be sure to check the SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES before you resubmit to see if that has changed.
How should I submit my
Please include ONLY the first
3 chapters of your book - or no more than 5-6
poems - in ONE Word (.doc, .docx or .rtf) document via email
OTHER FORMATS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Zip files are no
include more than one document when you send your email, it
into a .zip file, so please avoid doing so). See the SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES for more information.
An agent may initially submit for you, but said agent must include your full
contact information, including your email address, and all subsequent communication - and royalty payments - will be sent
directly to the author. If you are not using an agent, the author must
be the one to submit his/her own work unless specifically requested or
INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF YOUR
EMAIL THE FOLLOWING:
Your name, email
brief - no more than 300 words -
description of your book, your suggested genre(s), approximate word
count and if
a cover will be made or is already available. Also remember to include
if this is a first or second edition of your book. If your book is a
second edition, you need to list where it was previously published and
in what format(s). DO NOT include a Table of
(TOC) or an outline unless your book is nonfiction. You must also
of your title (age group, niche market, etc.), including your specific
market your book in digital format. For more information, click on our
SUBMISSIONS link above. Make sure to note if this is a simultaneous
submission - and notify us if your book gets accepted elsewhere if you
do not hear from us first.
Please submit your manuscript
to our Acquisitions Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(If that email bounces back, you may send it to email@example.com).
How should I submit a
children's book manuscript?
not supply illustrators for children's books. The author must comission an illustrator before your manuscript will be accepted. Your
children's book must be
complete before it is submitted for publication
(with the exception of a series, in which only the first book has to be
completed at the time you submit your query), which means the
illustrations have to already be produced (or at least
have one complete with the rest in progress) and
an illustrator commissioned to complete the rest of the illustrations
at the author's expense (or he/she will receive a portion of
royalties, as per the Children's Author Contract).
your query in the body of the email, along with the TEXT of
book. The attachment for a children's books should be ONE
illustration in .JPG
or .JPEG format (no PDF files, please). We recommend you send the cover
as your one illustration.
More information on children's
book submissions and illustrations can be sent
How long does it take for a
book, once it's accepted, to be displayed on
An eBook can be displayed on
our site as a 'COMING SOON' title once the
Author Contract has been signed and the full manuscript of the
book has been
received. Once a cover is created, a BOOK TITLE PAGE will be
created and pre-orders can be accepted for that title. The average time
date of acceptance to actual publication is 4-6 months, occasionally
depending on any number of factors. This will be discussed in further
once your manuscript is accepted.
How much say do I have over my
book and its contents?
The author will always retain
his/her rights to said eBook. SynergEbooks
works closely with each author to make sure that both author and
happy with the final product.
Do I have to pay for editing?
As stated in the SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES, basic line editing (checking for
spelling mistakes and typos) is done FREE of charge by SynergEbooks. If
book requires more than the basic editing, we will ask that you
resubmit once you have found an editor and reworked your
manuscript. All of the books on our site are edited fully; we want you
to be as
proud as we are of your finished product.
Do I have to pay for a cover?
If you have not supplied a
cover for your eBook title, SynergEbooks will
provide one for you FREE of charge.
If your cover is created by SynergEbooks, you will not be allowed to
take said cover with you if your book becomes out-of-print at SynergE,
but you can keep the rights to any cover that you create/provide.
What if I create my own cover?
All covers are subject
acceptance by SynergEbooks. It is best that covers
be created in 150 dpi or larger (300 dpi
preferred, if you
want to use the same cover for digital and print
formats). All covers should
be sent via attached mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org in .JPG or .JPEG format ONLY or to our Dropbox.
How is my eBook priced?
All of our eBook
titles are priced at $4.88 to start, occasionally more for nonfiction
titles (these are digital downloads). The CD-ROM version of an eBook is
currently selling from $6.50
(free S&H in the US). The average price for most of our
digital titles is $4.88. The
list price of our CD-ROMs is $6.50 US (with free S&H).
How much Marketing is done for
my eBook title(s)?
is an ongoing process, and is expected by both the Publisher
AND the Author
for as long
as your eBook is listed with SynergEbooks. SynergEbooks will
help its Authors create Press Releases, find book reviewers and more, depending
genre and other factors of each book. SynergEbooks will also market via
its social networks, including a FaceBook
Fan Page, TUMBLR,
Twitter and more. Our eBook titles
are displayed in
every major eBookstore (including Smashwords, Amazon
Kindle, Barnes & Noble and more). Since each eBook
will help to create just the right marketing strategy for you and your
Where is my eBook displayed?
Every eBook title has a
"BOOK TITLE PAGE", which includes a short description, a brief excerpt
from the book, and a
link to the
author's bio and
any reviews on our website, as well as the ordering information and 3 to 5 links to other retail sites (such as
Amazon Kindle) where your
book can be purchased directly. Occasionally, your eBook title
may be featured on our main page or on SynergE's social
networks (see links above).
partner bookstores may also decide to promote your title(s), which may
not include a promotional price for a limited time. A few of the
where our digital books are carried are Smashwords (which includes Sony
and Apple), Barnes & Noble, Amazon
Kindle, All Romance eBooks, KOBO Books and
Overdrive (aka Content Reserve). Some titles are also listed at various
sites, depending on their genre(s).
How soon before my eBook shows
up on other sites online?
On average, it
takes one month after initial publication for each title to
be converted into all available digital formats and sent to our various
eBookstores. SynergE has no control over how long it takes for your
be displayed at said stores, but the average time is 1 day to 2 weeks
time of upload. Your first Royalty Statement may not be sent
another 2-3 months, depending on where your book has sold, since every
retailer has a different payment policy regarding when they send
royatlies. Royalty Statements are sent to you via email if your book
has sold 2 or more copies in a given month. An email will also be sent
to you if you have had at least 1 sale in a given month.
Reviews - How do I get them?
manuscript is edited, SynergEbooks may send out 1-3 free copies of
your book in digital format or on CD-ROM to various online and/or
Reviewers (depending on the genre of your book and the marketing
get reviews that will be ready by the time your book is displayed on
our site - though is is not always possible to have them available at
the time of publication.
You may also send us any reviews you've received, so we may include
your synopsis page and marketing portfolios for various bookstores. The
you receive a review(s), the better. Reviews can also be added at any
publication and displayed at any number of places, including via a link on the
author's BOOK TITLE PAGE, SynergE's social networks
and at many
NOTE: There is no set length for a
but it is recommended that they be no longer than 200 words so that the
review will fit the requirements of most of the retail sites.
Are your books put into
(better known as POD or paperback) is the DIGITAL version of
publishing in print, and SynergEbooks uses CreateSpace for their POD
titles. All print titles are automatically listed at Amazon
and the CreateSpace eStore once
they are available. Some titles will also be listed at Barnes
& Noble in paperback format.
There is no guarantee that any particular book will be put
print, though most of our newest titles are eventually put into POD
How does the print process
work at SynergEbooks?
You may request
your book to be converted to print, but
SynergEbooks reserves the right to decline putting your book into this
format. The decision to put a book into print will be be
a number of
factors, including the genre of the book, author's willingness
and ability to market
his/her work, digital sales in the first few months, and the author's
willingness and ability to market the
digital version of said book. More
information about this process will be given once your book is accepted.
Digital books are
set at a standard rate of $4.88 for newly released fiction
and up to $9.98 for nonfiction and children's eBooks. The price for CD-ROMs is $6.50. For paperbacks,
the retail price of your book is on average set at $9.98-$12.50, with
list price $8.98-19.98 (the price depends on how many pages your
in its printed format and whether or not illustrations included).
Once the retail
price for a paperback is set, it cannot be raised, but a book CAN be
offered at a price lower
than retail at any given time for various reasons.
Do I get any free
copies of my book?
SynergEbooks will send one free Review copy of your book in
You can use these for reviews, to give away, or sell
them as you see fit. Feel free to ask if you may be sent your free
copies when your book
has been sent in for conversion.