About the Process
Once your book has been reviewed by Inkwater and you have signed up for a publishing package, your book is placed in the editing or design queue to prepare for the process to begin. It is important for the author to understand all the dynamics of publishing a book, from the pre-publication preparation to printing and distribution. Below you will find information on the different phases of the publication process and post-production publishing services.
Publishing Options Phase
Publishing Options Phase
Inkwater recognizes that each book and author are unique, and the listed publication packages may not always be a perfect fit. During this phase, you will work closely with Inkwater staff to come up with a publishing package that best suits you and your book’s specific needs.
Inkwater offers a basic package that includes book design, distribution options, a marketing consultation, and copies of the book. We also have a series of packages with a complement of marketing and publicity features, including press releases, website development, review submissions and YouTube book trailers. Each package can be customized to fit the author’s specific needs.
Paperwork and Account Creation
The author signs and sends all the necessary paperwork and contracts in to Inkwater, along with a down payment in order to get the manuscript into the publishing queue. Also, the author can work with Inkwater Staff to create any necessary accounts for the author to distribute the book through their own publishing brand and logo.
Send in All Relevant Materials
The author will provide Inkwater with the most up-to-date version of the manuscript in a Word document or Rich Text File format. This would also include acknowledgements, table of contents, bibliography, and/or index listings. Images, charts, graphs will need to be submitted as JPGs or TIFs, and should be scanned at 300 dpi (dots per inch) for color images or 600 dpi for black and white images. They will also provide any permissions obtained to use materials which the author doesn't own the copyright for (artwork, photography, poetry, lyrics, maps, charts, etc.).
The author can submit ideas or images for the front cover of the book, as well as a back cover description, a short author biography, and an author photo if desired. Our editors and marketing director will assist the author with the back cover text. Authors can also submit review blurbs for the cover.
Editor Copyedits Your Manuscript
First Draft of Edit Sent to Author
Draft of Edit Returned to the Editor
Author and Editor Agree that the Editing Is Complete
Designing of First Proof
Book Sent to the Printer
Books Show Up in Retailers
- Books will show up on InkwaterBooks.com within one week.
- Books will begin* to show up on other retailers’ websites within two weeks.
- The process of readers being able to easily order your book online or through a local bookstore will take six to eight weeks.
- For books that are printed offset (where authors order 500+ copies), add six to eight weeks to the above time schedule.
*Book content will appear in bits and pieces on retailers’ websites: sometimes just the title, then a few days later the cover may appear, and it may be a few more days before the description appears.