Paperback and Hardcover Publishing & Distribution
Select our Paperback or Hardcover Publishing and Distribution package and we will lay out and design a professional book interior and make your book available for sale with the world’s most prominent bookstores, libraries, and online retailers. You keep 100% of your sales and retain 100% of your rights!
Print-edition Publishing Options
Paperback or Hardcover Layout & Distribution: $1,000 (plus $1 per page for all pages beyond 200)
We design and typeset a professional book interior and make your book available for sale with the world’s most prominent bookstores libraries, and online retailers. You keep 100% of your sales and retain 100% of your rights!
A free proof is provided for both the paperback and the hardcover options. Our Paperback option also includes four free copies shipped to your door (non US addresses must pay for shipping).
How it Works
Once you sign up you will be assigned your very own Author Manager who will work with you one-on-one to ensure your satisfaction. Our Author Managers are experienced publishing professionals who will be available to you via email and over the phone.
1. Submit Your Content
After you sign up, you will receive an email from your Author Manager with our New Title Questionnaire and instructions to send us your file(s). If you opted to have us design your cover, we will ask you for any cover ideas you may have at this time.
2. We Design Your Paperback and Make it Available for Sale Worldwide
We lay out and design a professional book interior and assign your book its own unique ISBN and scannable barcode (for free!). We make sure your book includes all necessary front and back-matter pages (e.g. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, etc.) Once you’ve approved the final design, we make your book available for sale worldwide with all of our Retail Partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and many more.
3. Get Paid - 100% Royalties!
Cash royalties are paid monthly via direct deposit. Your royalty rate will be 100% for all sales. You can view your sales online at any time. You can also have us print and ship as many or few books as you like. No minimum quantity required.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does your Publishing and Distribution process take?
It can take 3-4 weeks to complete the design and layout of your interior file and upload it to the retail sites, though we are often able move more quickly than this. Your book will then become available for sale on most outlets within 3-5 business days.
How much do I earn per sale?
You will receive 100% of the proceeds your book earns from each of our paperback partners, less the printing cost for each book sold.
Click here to view our print-edition royalty calculator.
Retail Price (determined by you) – Sales Channel Fees – Printing Cost = Your royalty
Will I be able to provide input on the design of my book?
Yes. Your Author Manager will ask if you if you have any design or layout preferences before we begin designing your book.
Will I be able to review my layout before it is made available for sale?
Yes. Once your design has been completed, we will send you a PDF proof of your book for review. You can also request a physical proof of your book before we make it available for sale. If there are any modifications you would like us to make, we will make them at this time.
Where will my book be listed for sale?
Your book will be listed for sale with all major online bookstores, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, BooksaMillion.com, BookDepository.com, and many more. We will also make it available to the two major brick-and-mortar bookstore and library wholesalers in the U.S., Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Click here for a complete list of our retail partners.
What are my paper stock options?
For black and white interiors, we offer 60# white (444 ppi) and 60# cream (412 ppi) options. Printing costs are the same for both.
For color interiors or black and white coloring books, we offer a thicker 70# white stock.
What are my cover stock options?
We offer 4-color printed covers with gloss or matte finishes for paperbacks and hardcover dust jackets. Our printing costs are the same for both finishes. Our paperback cover stock is 10 pt C1S.
We offer both case laminate and cloth hardback cover options. We include foil spine stamping on cloth-bound books at no additional cost.
How do I check my sales?
Sales reports are emailed at the end of every month detailing sales made in the prior calendar month.
How often do I get paid?
Royalties are paid via direct deposit once received from our retailer partners, or approximately 90 days following the end of the calendar month during which the sales were made.
Can I order books for myself or others?
Of course. You can have us print and ship books to any destination at any time. Click here to view our printing cost calculator and information about our shipping costs.
What types of files do you accept?
We accept Microsoft Word, PDF, Rich Text, Text file, HTML, InDesign, and Pages files. We may be able to accept other file forms as well, including printed texts and handwritten manuscripts. Please contact us with questions.
What types of genres do you accept?
We accept all genres from fiction to nonfiction, from academic to children’s books, and everything in between.
Do you accept manuscripts or completed books with photos, illustrations, charts, and other graphics?
Absolutely. There is no extra charge for including graphics, etc.
Does my book need to be a specific size?
We can design and print almost any trim size that you like. Below are our standard trim sizes.
- 5 x 8 inches
- 5.06 x 7.81 inches
- 5.25 x 8 inches
- 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- 6 x 9 inches
- 6.14 x 9.21 inches
- 6.69 x 9.61 inches
- 7 x 10 inches
- 7.44 x 9.69 inches
- 7.5 x 9.25 inches
- 8 x 10 inches
- 8.25 x 6 inches
- 8.25 x 8.25 inches
- 8.5 x 8.5 inches
- 8.5 x 11 inches
Can my book’s interior be in color?
We can design, print, and distribute both black and white and color books.
Can I make content changes to my book after submitting my manuscript?
You can have us make content changes to your book at any time by letting us know what you’d like changed. Our content change fees are as follows: 1-10 changes – $40 11-25 changes – $65, 26-50 changes – $90, 51+ changes – $125 per hour.
Can I make metadata changes (pricing, description, author bio, genre, keywords) after submitting my manuscript?
We allow one free batch of metadata changes, but all subsequent changes are $25 per batch due to the labor-intensive nature involved in updating this information with each retail outlet.
Who determines my list price and other metadata information (description, author bio, genre, keywords)?
You. Your Author Manager will ask for this and other information in your introductory email.
Will I still retain the rights to my manuscript and book?
Yes. You will retain all of the rights to your manuscript and book, including all digital and print rights.
Can I withdraw my book for sale once it has been listed with the retailers?
Yes. You have the right, at any time, to withdraw your book from sale free of charge.
Will Gatekeeper Press be listed as my publisher or can I list another publisher’s name with my book?
If you’ve signed up for our Imprint Setup service, you can list your book under your own publisher name. Otherwise, Gatekeeper Press will be listed as the publisher.