If you've read the Information for Authors, you'll already have a general idea of what Aelurus Publishing has been set up to do.
In general, some of the things that new authors might find complicated and messy are what we want to help with. But you don't want generalities here. You want specifics. So, here they are:
What we can do for you
- Format your book for Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc
- Provide an ISBN and upload your books to the above platforms (N.B. Our imprint, Curiosity Press, will be listed as the publisher)
- Format your book for a paperback and/or hardback edition.
- Organise for your book to be printed, making sure "bricks and mortar" book stores can order it (although we can't guarantee they will). N.B. We will use our publishing imprint, Curiosity Press, as the publisher.
- Provide editing for your book
- Provide a cover for both your ebook and physical copy
How do we pay for this?
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And with that in mind, you may be wondering how we can afford to provide the services we do?
Well there are two ways in which you, the author, can use these services, and from a financial perspective they work for us in different ways.
The first option is pretty traditional way of paying for what we do. You pay upfront for the services you want, then take away your book with all its formats, cover, etc, and do the rest yourself. Hopefully you're pleased with what we've done, but our business relationship has ended (unless you want to come back to us again with your next book, which we hope you do). There are other companies that offer this sort of thing as well, but we think we're pretty competitively priced for a good product.
The problem comes when you, as a writer, have no money to pay for these services. You want a high quality book that will make your work really shine but simply can't afford it. That's where we come to...
The second option is where we get innovative.
A question I've often seen asked on writer forums is whether anyone knows graphic designers, editors or formatters who will work on a royalty share. That's because often a new writer is broke and just can't afford the services that will make their book the best it can be. Inevitably, the answer to those questions is "No".
So we came up with something that can help.
You see, we can do all of the things we list above for you and your book, with no upfront charge. How can we do that? We'll take a royalty share from your published works. All we ask is that you commit to keeping your book published with us for a minimum three years, during which time we expect to recover our costs. What happens if we lose money on it? Well, no-one will come to you asking for more money. It's our risk. But we believe that in three years we can recover our costs on most books.
So, how does it work then?
In short, we'll have a royalty share arrangement with you based on how many of our services you need to use to get your book published. For example, if you don't need a cover because you already have a great one, then you'll get a higher royalty share. Same goes with editing and formatting.
Of course, that raises the question of who decides whether the cover you (might) already have is a great one or not. The answer: ultimately it will be our decision.
In saying that, please understand that it's in our interest to keep our costs as low as possible. So that means if we don't need to produce a new cover, or edit you book, then that's fantastic news for us. We're not going to tell you the cover you have isn't right if we don't think we have to.
But, we also want your book to sell – it's the only way we'll cover our costs. And a cover that doesn't work, or a book that needs more editing, will undermine that. Of course, you don't have to use our cover design services even if we do say a new cover is needed. If you have a better option to get a fantastic new cover, then go ahead: you'll still end up retaining your higher royalty share that way.