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How long does it take to print?

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When the manuscript is approved, a proof is ordered. That takes about a week to ten days. When final revisions and edits are approved, then the file goes to press. It takes about three weeks to print and deliver, more or less. Printing in Asia takes three months after final approval.

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Who owns the copyright?

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You do. It is that simple. And certainly so if you are the author. If I am writing the book for you, the material is copyrighted as I go along, and upon completion, I sign the rights over to you. If you write your own book, your work is copyrighted as you work. It remains your copyright. The exception is the book I write for you that has so much independent research, a creative use of concepts and correlations that make it exceed the parameters of a work for hire, then I retain authorship selling you usage. This is the rare book indeed. For 99% of the cases, you own the copyright.

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How much does it cost?

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Pricing is tricky business. Each book is so different. After a free 45 minute consultation, we decide the scope of your project. Basic packages start at $1200 to include book design if text is provided in a digital format, and a very simple cover. Photos are $20 apiece which includes scanning and minor photo adjustment. This basic price includes one proof in a soft cover book form and one set of revisions. Printing books is an additional price. Complex cover design is $1000 for a front, back and spine. I provide royalty free stock photos if needed and help with the back blurb. eBook covers...

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Do I sell books?

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Is Life Stories, Inc a publisher? Yes and No. A Life Stories logo identifies your book as a Life Story book. If you want to sell your book, an ISBN number and barcode marks Life Stories as the publisher. Life Stories does not distribute books. Life Stories puts books into your hands which you can sell, keeping all the royalties. Marketing and distribution is another whole ball of wax. If you have a venue, an audience, and a plan, you will make more on each copy of book you sell. Life Stories will support you in your marketing plan with enthusiasm, suggestions, and printed marketing...

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Who gives final approval?

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You do. You approve the book’s overall layout and design. You approve the book’s copy and the type on pages before it can go to press. If you wish to have a fresh set of eyes, I have a list of professional proofreaders you can hire. But even then, it is your signature that sends a book to press.

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