At Backspace Ink:

•  You are the publisher of your book.

•  You retain control throughout the production process and of the finished product.

•  You own all electronic files we prepare for you and may request them at any time.

•  You pay us no compensation from the sale of books we help produce for you.

•  Any and all royalties from the printing vendor will be sent directly to you.

•  Other vendors' costs will be paid by you directly to them with no added markup.

Here is a summary of the publishing services we provide:

E-books: We will convert your files to e-book formats (MOBI and EPUB) and set up worldwide distribution channels and royalty payments.

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) (required): An ISBN is required for every book and for every version of that book (e.g., softcover, e-books, and hardcover). You can make this purchase at any time before you publish your book. Some printing vendors require a bar code graphic and others provide them for free, so be sure to check with your printing vendor before you purchase the bar code graphic. 



Copyright (optional): Your book is copyrighted when you put the © symbol on the interior copyright page. However, some clients like to send a copy of their book after publication to the U.S. Copyright office as an additional step.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF): An electronic file (for free or for sale) may be a good option. Some features of a PDF include:

•  Hyperlinks

•  Interactive Table of Contents

•  Searchable text

•  Password restrictions

•  Color interior 

•  Easily updatable text

For an example of a PDF book, you can download a complimentary copy of Books from the Heart: Our Self-Publishing Journey, written and produced by Joanne Shwed.

Library of Congress Catalog Control Number (LCCN) (optional): If you wish to obtain an LCCN, you will need to set up an account and complete the application on the Library of Congress website. This step can be taken once you have your ISBNs and before you publish your book. This is a free service at the Library of Congress, but you must mail a copy of your book to them when it’s been published.

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