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FAQ - Frequently asked questions


Q. Who will decide the price of the book?

24by7 Publishing team highly recommends going with the price suggested by them. But, the author has full independence to set the price of his/her choice. 

Q. How long will it take to get the book published?

In approximately 7 to 14 days, from the time we have the computer typed manuscript, your written (or email) approval for print and the verified payment with us. However, some of the distribution channels may take longer time, but the book will be available in our store within time, with guarantee.

Q. Who will hold the copyright?

The author will hold the copyrights in all cases. 

Q. Does the author keep the film/movie rights for her/his book?

Yes, the author has holds 100% film rights for her/his work. But you must notify us the detailed good news to spread socially. That is it. No commission. 


Q. How is the royalty calculated?

What will be the author’s share when books will be sold?

Author’s share or royalty will completely depend upon the following factors.
- The printing cost per book
- The selling price or MRP set for the book
- The medium, where the book is being sold
- The discounts (if any) provided to the customers buying the book
- If free shipping provided to the customers buying the book
Please visit the ROYALTY CHECKER page to estimate the royalty or author’s share. 

Q. What is the default size of the books?

5.5 inches x 8inches.
You can download 24by7 Publishing book template and update the same with your creative work.


Q. What will be the printing cost of the book?

The printing cost of the book depends on the following factors.
- Page quality
- Content color
- Number of pages
- Binding type
- Number of copies ordered
Please visit the COST PER BOOK page to estimate the printing costs. 


Q. Are there hidden fees or charges?

There are no hidden fees or charges. If you want to expand the services covered by the package you have selected, we will send you the possible extra cost before you decide to start the processing with 24by7 Publishing


Q. What file formats do you accept?

24by7 Publishing accepts .doc, .docx, .pdf formats. 
But, the manuscript must be put on top of the template provided by us. 
Also, make sure to use general fonts to eliminate font related issues. 


Q. What are my shipping options?

How much should I pay to get the complementary books shipped to my address?

No shipping charge needed within India. 
24by7 Publishing has included free shipping of the complementary books as part of all the packages. 


Q. Is the service exclusive or non-exclusive?

24by7 Publishing almost always operates on a nonexclusive basis while dealing with the primary clients (Authors). 
That means you can simultaneously sell your book via some other platform while using our service to sell your book. 
But, you must notify 24by7 Publishing via mail/email regarding the same. 


Q. Can I make changes to my book after it gets published?

Yes, definitely. 
But, you need to pay the new edition fee to update our database, master copy and also to update the applicable outlets/stores (online and or physical) with the new version. 
This will include assignment of a new ISBN number too. 
In case of very minor change, please contact with us. 


Q. Will the book reviewers notify me when my book will get reviewed?

It completely depends on the book-reviewer whether or not to notify the author. 
Though, the author may request notification in the cover letter to each reviewer. 
Being very polite in the letter is the key of success, though, there is no guarantee. 


Q. Will I get the royalty on extra books I order?

No. But, you will get the 'author's discount' for extra copies you order directly from 24by7 Publishing. However, if you order copies from other outlets/stores like Amazon.in, etc, without a special discount, then you will earn regular royalty. 


Q. What payment methods does 24by7Publishing.com accept?

​24by7Publishing.com accepts various payment methods including major credit & debit cards, EMI, Phone pay, Wallet pay, PayTM, JioPay, Paypal, wire transfer, mailing checks etc.
Please visit the Payments page for the details. 


Q. Can a bookstore or outlet (example: Amazon) offer a discount on my book?

Yes, a bookstore or outlet can offer some discount on top of the MRP (maximum retail price) of the book. But that should not affect the royalty you will earn by default. 


Q. Can the author use his/her own logo and/or company name instead of 24by7 Publishing in the book?

By default, we provide 24by7 Publishing’s logo and name in most of the books powered by us. 
If the author is using the ISBN provided by 24by7 Publishing, using our logo will be mandatory. If the author chooses to use only his/her preferred logo, he/she needs to put his/her own unique and valid ISBN number and barcode for the book. 
The authors may also have simultaneously both logos with our ISBN number for the same book. 

Q. â€‹Are there any famous & successful authors who self-published their books? 

There are many famous and successful authors who used the print on demand or self-publishing methods at certain point of time in their career. 


Q.  How to download an eBook from 24by7 Publishing store? 

Log in as a registered user or create your login profile (simple and takes less than one minute) .

Add to the product to cart and keep proceeding by providing relevant information and accept the Terms & Conditions if you agree.

In the final page(Order History) click the ORDER REFERENCE link to show some extra portion of the page.

In the same order page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you can see Product column where the downloadable link with the book name is present.

Click the book link and you may download it or open.

Also, you will receive an email with the download link to the eBook.

Check out the screenshots for more help. 


Q. What are the names of the iconic writers who used self-publishing or print on demand methods?

Edgar Allan Poe, George Bernard Shaw, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Amish, James Redfield â€“ the list is quite long. 


Q. What are the languages allowed by 24by7 Publishing while publishing books?

24by7 Publishing is capable of publishing books in any language. For the languages except English, Bengali & Hindi we must receive the manuscript in PDF format following the size and margin specifications provided by us including the embedded fonts. 
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Q. What are the costs for typing from paper?

Please visit the TYPING page to get the latest costs for the typing service.
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Q. What are the languages allowed by 24by7 Publishing while typing manuscripts from hardcopy/paper?

As of now, we only support typing in English & Bengali. 
You may have the typesetting done by third-parties and send the manuscript to us in case of any other languages except English & Bengali. 


Q. â€‹Does 24by7 Publishing publishes all types of books?  Is there any specific type of books that you do not publish?

24by7 Publishing encourages and participates in publishing almost all type of books except the following types:
​- Plagiarized, or copied book.
- Book propagating the ideology of any banned group, terrorist groups, anti-social, anti-government in content or against the interest of the nation.
​- Book containing personal allegations, attacks or hatred towards real organization(s), person(s) or communities.
- Book containing legal histories & solicitations of the past, present or future litigation with real person(s), organization(s), or parties.
- ​Pornographic or obscene book.


Q. Is self-publishing the same as subsidy publishing? 

No! Vanity presses take your money and various rights (copyright, movie right etc.), and give you very small return.

Before signing any contract with any publishing house, always make sure that you own copyright and movie right of your book and you have full creative control over your investments.


Q. â€‹How to upload the manuscript?

24by7 Publishing encourages to upload your manuscript from here. You may also try the below video which will help you covering the basic manuscript upload steps.


Q. Do I need to come to the office directly to get the book published or can I get it done online?

Online. You may visit our office to have a cup of coffee, but that will need some appointment. Honestly, that will be the rarest case in last few years we worked.


Q. How many copies will be in the market in case of the publishing package I am selecting?

Unlimited - stock will never end until the end of the promised period as mentioned in the corresponding package.


Q. How many copies will be available on Amazon or Flipkart?

If the package covers availability/sale through the selected store, the number of copies will be unlimited - stock will never end until the end of the promised period as mentioned in the corresponding package.


Q. When it comes to international distribution, will the books be available online in international sites? Where will the books be sold in countries like Canada? Can u name an online site for international distribution?

Yes. If the package covers international distribution via our partner channels, the books will be available at both physical stores and online. Go to our Buy Books page to get the detailed idea.


Q. Tell me, if I am writing, why do I have to pay as well?

That is certainly a very valid question. If you approach the traditional way, you may have to wait for 6-8months to get selected. They even will not inform you in the case of rejection in most of the cases. Unless you are a celebrity or bestseller writer, the competition is TOUGH. Often writers with exceptional talent get rejected and disheartened in this process.

If a less famous or new writer is confident in his content, it can be a wise decision to be the Captain of his own ship. The authors get published with us in only 14 days, and no questions asked. On top of that, they recover investment by earning from profit sharing from the sales of the books.


Q. What about the self-publishing houses like c********e and p**** which publish your book for free, and you still get profit from the book. Why should not I choose them over you?

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."

They do not care about how much copies are getting sold.

If you check the production cost per book you can see a huge difference. The way we design pricing, the chance is quite high that the author can recover investments within a short period of time.

Along with that, POD services like c*********e or p**** do not offer ISBN, availability in other popular platforms both nationally or internationally.

The best thing is, we also take care of helping the author to give the beat possibly try to push the book to be in limelight and increase the sales.


Let us take an example.

Free publishing house ABCD can get as many as 100 authors published in a few months, as they are free. They can set production cost of a book INR 140.00 where they earn INR 100.00 per sale to keep the revenue model alive. If they sell 1 books for each of the authors, they can earn 1*100*100 = INR 10,000.00 from 100 authors.

Now consider about us, where the production cost for the same book is "honestly announced" as INR 45.00. Because the process of publishing is not free, say we are only covering 10 serious authors. Because of the payments made, the quality of the book becomes per International standard. Now to get the same amount of profit from the book sales, how many books are to be sold? Let us consider a profit of INR 5.00 per book. 10,000/5 = 2,000 books are to be sold. So, to earn the same amount of profit, we have to sell 2,000/10 = 200 books for each author.


Considering MRP is at least double of the production cost, the free publishing house ABCD will set the MRP at INR 280.00, and we may set as INR 90.00. Which book will have the chance of getting sold?


On top of that, quality matters. None of those free publishing companies will format and beautify your book interior and will help you to design the book cover as per latest standards. They work like a printer and print "As Is". That is why many of our authors express happiness with us after they had felt humiliated with those kinds of free book publishing process.


After all, you may print your word document from your home or office printer. Why would you pay someone unless they are providing you some expertise to let your word document transform into a book? 


Q. What if, I have some suggestion for you? What if there are certain things those I did not like about the publishing process?

Our primary goal is to create excellent customer experience and become a respected brand. Profit is secondary. Feedbacks from customers like you may influence our business decision in long term. So feel free to bomb us with your logic and creativity and advise us! We are open to ideas and customer needs.

Also, we provide attractive goodies and rewards to the authors with unique ideas and suggestions.


Q. Which publishing package will be the best match for me?

It will depend upon your budget and requirement and the readiness of the manuscript. In the case of seasoned authors, we will suggest low-cost publishing packages as the base and add up some specific special services as they do not need much guidance.

But it is strongly recommended for the new authors to go ahead with some decent package covering core features to get timely professional helps to transform the word document into a full-fledged international identity for the author, a book with social credibility.


Q. What is the timeline for the special services?

We assure to complete any kind of add-in special services like book formatting, editing, cover designing etc. within 7 to 14 days of payment after receive of the final author communication.

Frequent instruction changes or additional change request may keep increasing the cost and timeline. It is highly recommended to be crystal clear about your expectations and express the same to our team clearly, if possible with some example.

In case you are not a professional (95% cases) in that service sector, you can completely trust on us. We will provide our best effort to come up with the industry standard solution.


Q. Can you please make sure that my editing/designing task is completed by today. It's urgent. I don't even know if you guys work on weekends.

Most of us work on weekends. After all, we work 24 by 7. But our editorial and creative team recharges their energy on the weekends.

It is strongly suggested to express your expectation about weekend editorial support so that we can arrange premium editorial support for you in the weekend. Those services need premium payment and advanced notice.


Q. How much do you charge for premium/urgent services?

Say, I need to get my book cover designed or manuscript ready in 4 days, instead of the regular 14-day delivery cycle, how much do I need to pay extra?

In general, we provide the service within 7-14 days of payment after receive of the final author communication.

In a case of faster delivery, we charge additional 10% of the actual service cost for each day of acceleration.

To answer this specific question, if the service is quoted as INR 1,000.00 for a 14-day delivery timeline, 4-day delivery will charge 14-4 = 10; 10*10% = 100%; 100% of additional payment, so the INR 1000.00 standard service may cost you INR 2000.00 in a case of 4-day premium delivery.

The same service may cost you INR 1,400.00 in a case of 10-day premium delivery, INR 2,200.00 for 2-day premium delivery.

We generally do not commit for premium deliveries targetted below-2-day timeline.


Q. Do you guys do the add on services like creating websites and promoting for books that are published by different houses?

Yes. We are always here to help you. Please check the Website Designing section in our website for the details.

For book marketing and promotional options, please check the relevant section.


Q. Do you help to provide SEO service? How much will that cost?

The SEO service we provide will ensure that your book name/author name details will be optimized so that the Search Engine giants like Google/Bing etc. can get your book/name in the search result in the 1st/2nd page.

We charge INR 19,999.00 for Premium SEO. The premium SEO covers press release etc. and the inclusion of your website launch as news in many international news websites. It includes a 5-day long of Facebook advertisement campaign too, to be advertised on Facebook and its peer network. This also includes optimization of the website text for a better result in Search Engines. Also, we will put a free one-year ad in publishindia.com which a new venture in our partner network.

The best part is, the Premium SEO service also includes a one-page website creation. We can provide you a one-page static website included in that price. But for multi-page (up to 5 pages) website with admin login etc. will charge extra as described in the Website Designing section of our website.

Basic SEO does not cover premium coverage and will cost INR 6,999.00. Basic SEO covers around 100+ backlinks in websites with high authority and optimization of the website text for a better result in Search Engines.


Q. Can you please explain what backlinks mean?

According to webopedia.com, "In search engine optimization (SEO) terminology a backlink is a hyperlink that links from a Web page, back to your own Web page or Web site. Also called an Inbound Link (IBL) these links are important in determining the popularity (or importance) of your Web site."


Q. If I avail the Basic SEO Package, will the website be available in the first two pages?

In the basic SEO too, yes, the chance is quite high to see your website URL in the first two pages, but the chance is always on a higher side in case of the Premium Package. And, thinking from the bookselling perspective, the PR can help a lot rather than bare links.

Premium SEO covers PR in the network of 500+ news websites etc. The news is a lot more powerful than "only links" so Premium SEO Package wins over Basic SEO Package.


Q. So, SEO means when people type the name of the author or the book, it will be in the first page or the second page right?

Yes, in most cases the book name and author name can be found on the first page/first three results. Some cases, it stays within the first page. The in the rarest possibility it may appear on the second page, but never encountered such scenario yet. But if the name of the book is something already SUPER HOT like "Aamir Khan" or "Bill Gates" etc. no guarantee in this price range.


Q. Does the SEO boost lasts forever or does it end after a certain period of time?

SEO results should last for 3-6 months for sure. Generally, it should last forever unless someone had started a better campaign in future targeting same set of keywords.

Example: Google with "Hero by Ullas Das". We worked on the SEO of this book in 2014 and it still appears on the first page of Google, generally between 1st to fifth place.


Q. How many keywords can I add for the SEO boosting?

Two major keywords - Book Name, Author name. You can add 3-4 more minor keywords, which we can try too.


Q. How to choose between Facebook advertisement vs. Google advertisement?

For something, which is not popular yet, better to put ads on FB. Whereas, where the name is already popular, Google Ads are the best.


Q. Can you give me some samples for one page static website?

Special one-page personal website sample:

http://ullasdas.com/

Regular one-page book/author website sample:

http://demo.24by7publishing.com/demo/yourbook/


Q. What will be the average time taken for website designing? Is there any way to expedite the process?

Once customer provides the Domain and relevant access and payment is confirmed for the website design along with the customer provided texts, images, links - it will take seven business days for standard delivery.

You can upgrade to fast web designing to reduce the standard 7-day term. In a case of faster delivery, we charge additional 10% of the actual service cost for each day of acceleration.


Q. Can we give you the input of how the website should be designed?

You can provide the text/image/video links. The basic design follows this kind of basic patterns mentioned in the Website Designing section in our website. For custom website design, we can come with custom quote only after getting your full requirements.


Q. What does SEO or search engine optimization mean?

As per Wikipedia, "Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engine's unpaid results—often referred to as "natural", "organic", or "earned" results."


Q. What do you mean by PR or Press Release? How will that help me and my book?

The professionals will write up a press release for the International Journalists and news websites mentioning your name, book name, the launching of your book website etc. The professional touch will ensure publication of the news in many websites around the world making you/your website popular by the search engines - providing them positive signals about your popularity.


Q. What is the time-frame required for PR?

By default expect to get it done within 1-4 days. For guaranteed delivery in lesser time, you may expedite the process with extra payment. In a case of faster delivery, we charge additional 10% of the actual service cost for each day of acceleration.


Q. Do you think the Press Release will help the sales of the book?

Or, should I choose SEO boosting for my book sales?

PR will certainly give a very good initial boost. It will increase popularity for sure. But an advertisement in FB and other platforms can boost the sales more.

Now, both are technically related if you consider overall impact analysis. If you see advertisement of a book, do you jump and buy? You may Google to know more and in that scenario, the PRs can help a lot. There can be companies falsely promising you exceptional results. But, to be honest, finally, the content is the King. If the book has very good content, it will be a winner in the long run.


Q. I like the way you guys work. How can I help you? Is there any way I can show my appreciation to you?

A small token of appreciation can motivate us to work harder. You can rate us in FB, G+ and share words among your peer group. After all, more business can help us to reduce package costs more.