What types of services are provided by Beaver Publications?
Beaver Publications provides high quality,
print-on-demand (POD) services to authors for trade paperbacks.
Our books are
available in the following sizes: 5x8, 5.5x8.5, 6x9, 7x10 and 8.5x11.
also provides a distribution process for authors to sell to on-line
retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, and
to bookstores through special order.
Why would an author select print-on-demand publishing?
Simple. Because it saves money over the
traditional self-publishing process. Inventory costs are practically
books are not printed until they are ordered. Plus you don’t
have to search for a distributor. Distribution is easy through
our association with Lightning Source and Ingram. On-line sales
to retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are only a mouse
If a customer orders a book, how long does it take the buyer to receive it?
Once the publishing process for an on-demand
book has been finalized, books are printed
within two business days, and order fulfillment
within 14 days. Order fulfillment
depends to a large extent on the delivery system selected during
the ordering process.
Does Beaver Publications sell books directly to authors?
Beaver Publications sells directly to authors at a discount of
40% off the retail price, plus shipping, handling and sales tax
Does Beaver Publications sell directly to consumers?
Author’s books advertised on the Beaver
Publications website are directed to on-line retailers.
What types of manuscripts does Beaver Publications accept?
Generally, edited manuscripts with a final page count of 80 to
740 pages. Manuscripts must be a single-spaced document, in Microsoft
Word format, and transmittable to Beaver Publications, as a file
over the internet.
Are there any manuscripts that Beaver Publications will not accept?
Hard copy manuscripts cannot be accepted at this time, or foreign
manuscripts as we only distribute in the United States.
Also Beaver Publications reserves the right to reject any manuscript
for reasons including, but not limited to, poor quality, highly
technical subject matter, or manuscripts that are libelous, defamatory,
pornographic, or promote hate crimes.
How do I submit a manuscript to Beaver Publications?
It’s as easy as a mouse click away.
Please see our manuscript submission guidelines.
What is the quality of the Beaver Publications product?
Beaver Publications paperbacks are of the
highest quality because of whom we have chosen to produce them.
For books size 5x8 through
6x9, the interiors consist of 55lb, opaque, cream white colored,
acid-free paper stock. For books 7x10 and larger, the interiors
are 50 lb offset, white acid-free paper stock. Our standard four-color
color covers are printed on white, 80 lb enamel paper that is laminated.
Our basic package cover art consists of text block, textured backgrounds,
or author supplied art combined with Beaver Publications' backgrounds.
What if I should want a cover prepared by an artist?
For an additional charge of $300, we will
have a graphic artist prepare a cover for you based entirely on
your input. This cover art will belong to you, should you decide
to leave Beaver Publications for any reason.
Can I provide my own cover art?
Yes. Beaver Publications welcomes high quality cover art. Images
must be 300DPI and colors converted to CMYK. See our Submission
Does Beaver Publications provide editing services?
If a manuscript requires proofreading, we
can correct grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. Our price
for this service is
$.02 per word. For this cost we will proofread your book twice,
first, at the time you purchase the service, and again, before
the final proof goes to print. Line-by-line editing and content
editing are not offered at this time.
What if my document contains mistakes
that I didn’t catch,
and it’s ready to go to print?
The cost for manuscript revisions is $40.00 to open the file and
$1.75 for each correction requested. As these costs can become
excessive, we suggest that you have your manuscript edited before
you submit it to Beaver Publications.
Who will determine the price of the book?
Beaver Publications will suggest a retail
price for the book. It will depend largely on page count and
the percentage of the
book’s retail price paid to distributors.
Does the author have input on the percentage paid to distributors?
Yes. Beaver Publications will discuss the
pros and cons of adjusting the distribution percentage, but under
no circumstance will we
allow it to dip below 40%.
How will my books be ordered?
Based on our distribution network, books
can be ordered through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com plus
other on-line retailers. Books will also be made available by
special order to bricks-and-mortar
Will my books be returnable?
Beaver Publications does not offer a return book program.
How much will my royalties be?
Author royalties will total 50% of net proceeds. Net proceeds
includes Retail Price minus distribution and production costs.
For example if a 620 page book has a retail price of $26.95, a
percentage paid to distributors of 55%, and a production cost of
$9.00 the net proceeds would total $3.12. ($26.95 x .45 -$9.00)
The author royalty would be 50% of this amount, or $1.56.
How soon will I be paid royalties?
Because of the timing of payments from distributors, Beaver Publications
will make the initial payment 120 days following the end of the
month in which sales are initially reported. Thereafter, monthly
payments will follow. In order to receive payments, amounts due
to the author must exceed $25.00.
Does the author retain the rights to their book?
Yes. The author retains the rights to their
book. When you sign our contract, Beaver Publications is being
granted the right to
have your book printed and distributed for the purpose of selling
it. You are also allowing us to use the cover art and excerpts
of interior text for purposes of placing your book on our website
and for promotional purposes. Beaver Publications retains ownership
of electronic data files, except in the situation of cover art,
where the graphics package is purchased as an additional add-on
How do I forward payment to Beaver Publications?
Payments for trade paperbacks and any additional
services will be made at the time of contract signing, in United
by check or money order. Beaver Publications will begin the publishing
process when your check has cleared. Checks and money orders should
be made payable to Beaver Publications, Inc.
Does Beaver Publications produce ebooks?
No. Beaver Publications does not produce books in the ebook format.
Does Beaver Publications produce hardback books?
Beaver Publications does not currently produce hardback books,
but hopes to do so in the near future.