Are there additional costs?
We recommend you buy your own ISBN number. This is the identifier for your book, and owning it yourself gives you even more control and ownership over your work. If you’re Canadian, it’s free. In the US they can be purchased from Bowker.
Everything else to take you from Concept to Copies in Readers Hands is included with the Platinum level membership. However, you may wish to add on our ghostwriting package if you don’t want to do any writing.
You may also want to hire someone to develop a more extensive website for your author platform. And, while there is some level of support to help you succeed getting media attention and developing content to support your book promotions, additional services like PR and Book Trailer Vidoes aren’t included.
All authors who complete a book with BookLaunchers will work with their Client Care Specialist to develop a personalized promotional plan. Many items on the plan will focus on low cost ways to get the word out about your book, however, authors are encouraged to set aside a bit of money for marketing their book including e-book promotions, contest entries, and online ads like Facebook and Instagram.
What about Refunds?
If you’re not satisfied with our service – for any reason – let us know right away so we can make it right. Due to the nature of our service, refunds will not be granted for services rendered, but we are committed to your success. Let us know right away if there is something more we could be doing to make you thrilled with our service.
What kind of support is included?
BookLaunchers is like having a professional publishing team by your side. Whether you are a VIP level or a Platinum Level client, you are fully supported to create a professional book that will meet your business goals.
We aren’t a publisher – so you do have a few steps to complete yourself – which ensures you have complete creative control over your project and can easily make changes and updates in the future – but your Client Care Specialist will walk you through everything. Where possible, we’ll even set up your accounts for you, and teach you how to make the changes you may want to make in the future.
There are some steps you have to take, but you’ll always know what you need to do next, and how to do it.
Can I choose who will be on my team?
We have a professional team of experienced editors, copywriters, graphics designers and marketing specialists. If you find your not compatible with someone we assign to your team, let us know. However, to maximize the efficiencies of our service and minimize the amount we have to charge, you are not able to request a certain person to be assigned to your project.
I am working on a fiction book, can you help?
At this time BookLaunchers is focused on Non-Fiction books. If you’d be interested in a service like ours for fiction, do let us know (send us an email please!), but it’s not something we offer at this time. Thank you!
Will you help me with an audio book?
You bet! We have a multi-award winning voice coach and sound editor on our team to help you narrate, edit, master, and publish your book in an audio format.
Can I change Plans or cancel at any time?
If at any time you wish to abandon your book project or stop working with BookLaunchers, you can cancel with no further obligation. If you’ve signed on for a prepaid annual membership, you will be refunded the prorated unused portion of your membership less a $250 admin fee. If you’ve signed on for a monthly membership, and have been a member for less than 12 months, you forfeit your $250 deposit but will have no further obligation. If you cancel within 3 days of your most recent payment, that payment will be refunded.
You can upgrade to the Platinum Level at any time from VIP, and move down to the VIP Level from Platinum at any time during your BookLaunchers Membership. We understand that you may not initially sign up for the service that is perfect for you. However, if you wish to make more than one change in a twelve month period, a $250 admin fee will be charged for each change.
I think I want to do it all myself. Any tips?
Absolutely – it is entirely possible to go through the entire self-publishing process on your own. BookLaunchers founder Julie Broad did it twice, writing her book, hiring her team, researching each step to make the best decisions and making all the calls to get distribution, promotion and support for her book. She started BookLaunchers, though, because the process is cumbersome, confusing and costly if you want to create a product that is just like a professionally published book. BookLaunchers aims to not only make the process smoother and less time consuming for authors, but also to reduce the costs involved by streamlining the process, having professional team members working full time on projects, and to take advantage of strategic partnerships to reduce costs for add on services. If you DO want to do it all yourself, you can check out these videos to help you out.
What if I’ve started writing my book already?
Every project is subject to approval. Apply today to find out if we’ll work with you and your project.
If we think you have a marketable idea and we are a good fit to help you, BookLaunchers will help you with partially complete manuscripts, manuscripts heading to the editing phase and even partially edited projects.
We will not help with books that are already published. We believe the best time to plan your book promotion is BEFORE you publish and we may not be the best company to help you if you’ve already published.
When you join, you’ll have a one on one consultation call with your Client Care Specialist who will assess where you are at, and what team member you most need to work with next. If you have a completed manuscript, you may begin work with us in the Process phase … starting with a Content Editor and then a Copy Editor. If you’re partially done your book, you may still wish to begin at the Pen to Paper phase so you can work with a Writing Coach to polish your ideas and stay motivated to finish the manuscript. PLEASE NOTE – we believe the best time to plan to promote your book is BEFORE you write it so if you come to us with a book that is already published looking for promotional support,
How long will it take to write, process, publish and begin to promote my book?
Every project is going to be different depending on the scope (size) of the book, the work done before you join BookLaunchers, and how much time the author is able to dedicate to each phase of the project. That said, if you are starting with a concept and nothing written, a book of approximately 65,000 words (typical non-fiction business book), will most likely take 9-18 months to complete from concept to copies in readers hands. A book of about 25,000 words (the typical size of a 10 chapter business card type book) can be completed in 4-9 months. Once a manuscript is complete, the editing phase (PROCESS) is where the book can slow down depending on what the author decides to change and rework after feedback. Please allow at least six weeks for editing (3 months for larger manuscripts).
I’m not a good writer – will you assign a ghostwriter to my project?
We believe your book is best written in YOUR voice. You don’t have to be the one to write your book to get there, but we do recommend you try! Many people believe they can’t write when they just haven’t tried! We have a professional writing coach ready to guide you every step and chapter along the way.
That said, we also have two ghostwriting packages available if you don’t want to write your book, or you know you need help.
Please note, you can ‘write’ your book in many ways, including speaking it out, having it transcribed, and then editing it from there. Your writing coach will work with you to find the best way for you to capture your expertise, insights, stories while also ensuring you are able to finish your manuscript with minimal issues. Of course, if you decide you want a ghostwriter, we have some great folks on our team that will help you.