Frequently Asked Questions
FeedARead established with Arts Council funding is free for all nationalities to publish as bookstore quality paperbacks with free feedback every 4 months for our highest selling authors from the publishers of some of the world’s bestselling authors, including the publishers of Dan Brown, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King. FeedARead.com was established with Arts Council England funding, who fund prestigious arts organisations such as The Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
It is free to setup your book for sale as a bookstore quality paperback through FeedARead.com with higher royalties than the largest publishers in the industry. We also provide a full book distribution service so that your book is available to order via all major online outlets and for bookshops to order, see our full book distribution prices for your nationality below. The site takes you through the easy steps to publish when you click the Begin Publishing button on the left menu.
“The self-publication process at FeedARead is simplicity itself. Given a clean Word file, cover design and text, it can take less than an hour to compile an attractive paperback. What's more it's free and the product is superb. The printed book quality is consistent with any best-seller offered at bookshops. Technical support and professional assistance from FeedARead is responsive, helpful and very professional. This is self-publishing at its best.”
Geoffrey Mann - Author of In Pieces
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Displayed below are frequently asked questions on publishing your book with FeedARead.
What types of book do you publish?
We publish all types of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
How do I prepare and submit my book for publishing?
To prepare and submit your book, click on the Begin Publishing button on the left hand menu. This takes you through the simple steps to prepare and publish your book including submitting your manuscript according to our submission requirements, and choosing from one of our stylish covers or uploading your own cover images. You set your book price and also your royalty amount before you publish. Our royalties are higher than the norm of the largest publishers. You also see and approve your manuscript and cover online before you publish to ensure you are completely satisfied with how your book will appear. Books are published as bookstore quality paperbacks at 5 inches wide x 8 inches high. Click here to see feedback from our authors about the quality of FeedARead books and our publishing service.
How does FeedARead work?
FeadARead was established with Arts Council funding to enable authors of all nationalities to publish worldwide as bookstore quality paperbacks with high author royalties. We also provide feedback for our bestselling authors from publishers of some of the world’s bestselling authors, including Dan Brown and Terry Pratchett. We prepare your book digitally, and then when anyone orders a copy it is printed as a bookstore quality paperback and delivered to the reader.
Which publishers are involved on FeedARead?
Random House and Orion, publishers of many of the world’s bestselling authors including Dan Brown, John Grisham and Terry Pratchett, provide feedback every 4 months on the top ten highest selling FeedARead authors' opening chapters. The aim is to help talented new writers develop and provide them with opportunities to have their work read by leading publishers.
Where will my book be available to buy, is it free to sell my book?
You can choose to make your book available to buy as a bookstore quality paperback directly from the FeedARead site, and it is free to do this and set-up your book to sell directly to readers through FeedARead. You also set the royalty you will receive for each book sale you make before you publish. Readers buy through our site, and our printers, who print hundreds of thousands of books per year, directly ship customers their books. Click Begin Publishing on the left hand menu to start.
Once published, you can also sell your book through our Book Distribution Service which makes your book available via all major online outlets and for readers to order through the ordering services of major bookshops after published. This includes booksellers such as Amazon, Waterstone’s and Barnes and Noble, and ensures your book is internationally available to order by book buyers in the US, UK, Europe, Canada and Australia and worldwide. Our printers are one of the world’s largest printers, printing hundreds of thousands of books annually as above. There is a fee for the Distribution Service as listed below, only one fee is payable to make your book available for sale internationally, these are the fees depending on your nationality:
UK Authors: £88
US Authors: $140
Australian Authors: $Aus175
European Authors: €125
All other authors: £88 UK Sterling
If you choose to use the Book Distribution Service to make your book available for sale through booksellers, first set-up your book for publishing for free through FeedARead by clicking the Begin Publishing button on the left hand menu. The site will take you through the simple steps to publish. Once published you then simply click a button on your Author Account page on FeedARead to sell your book through the Distribution Service. This makes your book available via the major online outlets, and for readers to order via the ordering services of major bookshops after published. If a bookstore is interested in stocking your book, they can also order your book via the major book wholesalers to achieve this.
Will I receive a Publishing Agreement?
Yes, before you publish you will receive an agreement which is displayed during the publishing steps. You can begin the publishing process by clicking on the Begin Publishing button above. You retain all copyright and rights and control over your work.
What happens if my book does not meet submission requirements?
The book submission requirements, which you will view when you click to begin publishing, are designed to be straightforward and required by the printers for book publishing. These include how to prepare your manuscript file. If you do not meet these requirements then you will be provided with reasons why and given the opportunity to resubmit your book.
Do I retain copyright and control over my work?
Yes, the author retains copyright at all times and should you wish to cancel publication, for example, so your book may be published elsewhere, you can do this by a simple notice button on your FeedARead Author Account page. We will inform our printers who will in turn inform the book chain that the book you have cancelled is no longer available to order from our printers. You retain all rights and control over your book.
What royalties will I receive?
You set your own book price and the royalty that you will receive for each book sale before you publish during our simple publishing steps. The FeedARead publishing system, funded by the Arts Council who are one of the major funders of the Arts including The Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company, enables authors of all nationalities to receive considerably higher royalties for each book sale than the standard for author royalties. Examples are below. Our royalties are higher than the largest print-on-demand (POD) publishers and also higher than the norm for mainstream publishers. Print-on-demand (POD) is the process by which a bookstore quality paperback is printed and delivered each time a reader orders a copy.
Book Distribution Channel Sales For sales of your book through bookseller distribution channels, the author will receive 80% of royalties after the retailer - Amazon etc - take their bookseller discount, which is typically 30 to 55% of retail price, and after print costs have been deducted.
UK Royalty Example Example royalties for a £7.99 book in bookseller distribution. You can set your book price and royalties higher if you wish when you publish and see the exact royalty according to your book size.
Book Price £7.99 minus bookseller discount minus print cost = £1.80 net profit.
80% of £1.80 = £1.44 royalty to the author per book sale. FeedARead receives the remaining 20%.
United States Royalty Example Example royalties for a $12.94 book in bookseller distribution. You can set your book price and royalties higher if you wish when you publish and see the exact royalty according to your book size.
Book Price $12.94 minus bookseller discount minus print cost = $3.31
80% of $3.31= $2.65 to the author per book sale. FeedARead receives the remaining 20% of the $3.31.
Euro Royalty Example Example royalties for a 9.04 Euros book in bookseller distribution. You can set your book price and royalties higher if you wish when you publish and see the exact royalty according to your book size.
Book Price 9.04 Euros minus bookseller discount minus print cost = 2.04 Euros
80% of $2.04 = $1.63 to the author per book sale. FeedARead receives the remaining 20% of the $2.04.
These royalties ensure that you, the author, receive the majority of royalty profit from sales of your book.
FeedARead Direct Site Sales For sales of your books bought directly by a reader from FeedARead.com, the author will receive even higher royalties as there is no percentage of the retail price to pay to book retailers (Amazon, etc) on these sales.
Example royalties for a book priced at £7.99 book Click here to view an online currency converter in your currency:
Direct Site Sales UK Royalty Example 200 page book priced at £7.99 For a 200 page book the author receives £3.27 royalty for every book they sell.
Direct Site Sales US Royalty Example 200 page book priced at $12.65 For a 200 page book the author receives $5.44 for every book they sell.
Direct Site Sales US Royalty Example 200 page book priced at 9.04 Euros For a 200 page book the author receives £2.92 Euros for every book they sell.
These royalties ensure that you, the author, receive the majority of royalty profit from sales of your book.
When and how are royalties paid
Royalty statements are available to view on each author’s private royalty account page - accessible by logging on to FeedARead and clicking on your Author Account page - and paid towards the end of April and October each year. Royalties are paid to you online.
Can I use my own cover for my book and are there cover templates to choose from?
Yes, you can use your own cover images. The FeedARead site takes you through simple steps to publish and upload your own cover images using our simple cover program. Click on the Begin Publishing button above to begin. You can also choose to use our stylish professional covers, click here to view examples.
Will I see proofs of my book before publication?
Yes, FeedARead will enable you to view your print-ready manuscript and cover online before you choose to publish so you can see how your book will appear before publishing. Once the printers have prepared your book, usually 7 to 14 days after you submit it, you can then order a bookstore quality paperback copy to check. This will be at an author discount price, below the retail price of your book which you set when you go through the publishing steps. If you should wish to revise your book further upon receiving your book, you can do so by emailing FeedARead, and we will inform you how to revise. Once you are happy with your printed book, you then can make your book available to order through FeedARead and through booksellers from your Author Account page on FeedARead.com. Simply login to FeedARead to access this page. It then takes booksellers usually 3 to 6 weeks to display your book, and for your book to be available to order through the ordering services of major booksellers.
Can I choose to make my book just available to order by me?
You can choose to make your book available to order just by you if you wish to when you set up your book for publishing. You can make your book more widely available for sale later if you choose, including through FeedARead.com and through the Book Distribution Service as outlined above.
Where will my book be available to order through the Bookseller Distribution Service?
If you choose to make your book available to order through booksellers your book will be automatically entered into bookseller distribution feeds by our printers. Our printers are one of the world’s largest printers, printing hundreds of thousands of books annually, they ensure books are available to order as far as possible through the ordering services of major booksellers and retailers, including booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and most other major bookseller outlets. Once your book has been published, you can sign up for the Book Distribution Service through your Author Account page. It then takes approximately 3 to 6 weeks for the full details of your book to appear via the major online retailers.
Our printers have the largest global distribution network of their kind with over 30,000 wholesalers, retailers and booksellers in over 100 countries so that your book will gain the maximum exposure in the market today. A bookstore quality paperback copy of your book is printed each time a book is ordered by a reader anywhere in the world.
How do bookshops order copies of my book?
If you have entered your book for bookseller distribution, booksellers can order through the largest bookseller wholesalers in the US - Ingrams and Barnes and Noble - as per booksellers normal practices for ordering. In the UK, the books are also available to order by bookshops via the UK’s major wholesalers, Gardners, Nielsen and Bertrams. As part of this process, a customer who needs to check on an order made through a bookstore should first contact the bookstore so they can contact the wholesaler from whom they order their book stock. This is because bookstore orders are fulfilled directly between our printers to wholesalers, and FeedARead is not involved in this part of the ordering process for books in distribution. If you are ordering a book through a bookseller, given them the book title and the book ISBN, which is the 13 digit number on the back of the book.
How does sales and marketing work for my book?
FeedARead provides free publishing set-up to enable authors to sell their books with selling and promotion of the book as the author’s responsibility. We assist authors in this through providing the means for their books to reach a worldwide audience through their book being available to buy on FeedARead.com, and for readers to order through the ordering services of the major booksellers if authors choose to use our Book Distribution Service. We also enable feedback for our highest selling authors every 4 months from editors for Random House and Orion, who publish some of the world’s bestselling authors including Dan Brown and Terry Pratchett. We advise looking at every avenue possible to promote your book. For example, such as through your local media, book signings with local bookstores, and networking.
Who decides the price of my book and can I change it after I have published?
Our system recommends the best price for authors individual books when you set your book price during the book publishing steps. You can decide whether to sell at this price or set your own preferred book price. If you wish to change your book price later you can do so by submitting a revision of your book by contacting us through your Author Account page. Login to FeedARead to go to your Author Account page.
Can I order author discount copies?
Once you have successfully published your book we inform you and you can order author discounted copies from your Author Account page by clicking on your book title. You will see your author discount price during the publishing steps before you publish. Click the Begin Publishing button above to begin the publishing process. The delivery times for your book will also be displayed to you when you order your published book depending on the delivery destination.
Are there extra discounts for bulk orders?
Yes. Once your book is published click to order on your Author Account page, and when you enter the quantity we will provide you with the extra discount for bulk orders depending on the amount of books ordered. Bulk order discounts range between 5 to 20% and they can be considerably higher for large orders. Orders typically take 5 to 12 working days to manufacture and deliver via FeedARead, or the delivery period as listed on the delivery page for overseas deliveries. Our printers have publishing bases in the US, UK and Australia to enable economic and timely delivery.
Can customers order copies direct from FeedARead?
Yes, FeedARead enables readers to order copies direct from FeedARead.com in many currencies, including US dollars, UK sterling, Euros, and Australian dollars. Royalties for direct site sales through FeedARead are considerably higher than through booksellers as there is no percentage that goes to booksellers in return for selling the book, which is known as a bookseller discount. This means the author receives even higher royalties for sales of books sold through FeedARead.com as listed in the royalties information above. The author will view the royalties they will receive for direct site sales in the publishing steps before publishing. Click the Begin Publishing button above to begin. Our royalties are higher than the two largest print-on-demand (POD) publishers, and are higher than the norm for the largest mainstream publishers. Print-on-demand (POD) is the process by which a bookstore quality paperback is printed each time a reader orders a copy.
Can I complete a revision of my book text and cover?
Yes, authors can complete revisions of their manuscript and cover at any time after publication. Simply email FeedARead through the contact button on your Author Account page with your book title and 'Revise' in your email header and we will inform you how to revise your book. Login to FeedARead to access your Author Account page. Revisions usually take 7 to 14 working days for the revisions to be processed once submitted correctly to us, and usually 4 to 6 weeks for the new version of the book to appear at the booksellers that display the book.
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