The ISBN saga not withstanding, there is still some confusion over ISBN and its relation to copyright.
This question is best answered by those who have shopped at CinnamonTeal and returned satisfied. However, based on their testimonials, we have gathered some insights into their reasons for doing business with us.
- Your book is important to us. It is not another statistic we can trumpet out loud. We have never approached two books in the same way – you would be hard pressed to find two identical book designs. And the more you tell us about your vision for your book, the more we strive to fulfill your vision.
- We think we are transparent in our dealings. At least we strive hard to be. As a result, you know what you are paying for and there are no hidden costs. And you get what you pay for.
- We will not force you to do things you do not wish to do. You will know what is needed and be given the freedom to choose your course of action. This is why we have chosen not to offer packages, because we believe that there are many components in the packages our competitors offer that are of no use to the author or should simply not be charged.
- We strive hard to manage expectations. We are clear that books will not sell unless the author is involved in promoting them. If you ask us, we will also tell you not to depend too much on just a store presence simply because there are too many books out there and books that are not promoted will not sell.
- We are die-hard traditionalists who are not willing to tamper with the idea of the book. We believe that a customer buying your book should get value for her money and therefore a book should be well edited and properly presented. We are in the business since 2007, having introduced self-publishing in India, and we know what aspects of the book need attention.
- We are constantly looking for ways to improve our services, both in range and in depth. This is because we would like to be a one-stop shop for our customers, many of whom have unique needs. For the same reason, we do not have constraints on the dimensions of the book, or on the number of images you can insert into your book.
- We are easily accessible. While we prefer that you first email us, we are open to talking to you after that email so we know what you wish to discuss. In addition, many of our authors have come and met us at our office in Goa, simply because it assures them to know that there are people at the end of the line.
While deciding to publish a book, CinnamonTeal does not consider the “market worthiness” of the book i.e. whether or not the book will sell well in the market. This is, in fact, a major differentiating factor when compared to most other publishers. CinnamonTeal does, however, insist that a certain quality of writing be maintained. We recommend, at a minimum, a round of copy editing prior to typesetting. Further, we also insist that certain standards of typesetting and cover design should be applied to the book.
If you decide to self-publish with CinnamonTeal Publishing, the first step in the process is to sign an agreement. This agreement is usually signed by the author. However, if the author is a minor (less than 18 years of age), a parent or guardian can sign it on the author’s behalf. Both names (that of the author and that of the guardian) will appear in the agreement.
Yes, you do. You remain in complete ownership of all your work. If you own an ISBN, it will be published by you. However, if you choose to avail of an ISBN owned by CinnamonTeal, it will be published by CinnamonTeal. In both cases, you continue to own the rights in your name and CinnamonTeal does not make any claim or restriction on the ownership of your work.
Yes, you can. If your book is published by CinnamonTeal and you wish to publish it again with some other publisher, you need to inform us. We ask that you inform us even if a traditional publisher has accepted your book for publishing. View this answer for more details.
You get paid what you want. Period.
We usually have no constraints on the book sizes we can offer. We offer book sizes upto 10×14″ (landscape format). However, it is better if you check with us before you commence conceptualizing your book.
We provide perfect binding (soft cover), saddle-stitching, centre-stapling, spiral-binding, casewrap (hardcover) and casewrap with dust jacket options.
You need to submit your content and cover in separate pdf files, each page in the pdf file corresponding to a page in your book. We have provided details on how to format your content and cover.
Your book can have as many images as you choose. In order to get a good print, we suggest that your images be of at least 300 dpi and in CMYK format (those in RGB format do not print well). Further, we request you to lay out your images within your book and include all images in the pdf that you submit. We also provide page-layout and image correction services for a fee.
There are many word-processing programs available that will help you design your book. Among the many that have been tried and tested, we have zeroed in on Lyx. Like one of our users said, “there is a learning curve involved, but it is worth the effort”. Take your time mastering the software, there is much you can do with it. And the Help Files and Internet Resources will provide you all the answers you need.
We accept all genres. The only kinds of books we do not accept are those containing pornography and other material that can be construed as derogatory or offensive towards women.
Yes, you can. As long as your manuscript is completed in the appropriate fonts and according to a proper layout, you may submit it to CinnamonTeal for printing. To date, we have published books in 5 scripts. We can also help you type set your manuscript.
While the design of your cover may require some imagination and creativity on your part, the actual process of designing it isn’t too difficult. There are many software programs that you can use, some of which are legally available for free (see above for query on software you can use). We have provided you with a template that you can use to design your cover. Additionally, you may also avail of our cover-design services.
Yes, we can. We offer professional proof reading and editing services in addition to a host of other services you can avail of. In fact, our decision to issue your book an ISBN depends on it being edited thoroughly at least once, either by us or by a competent editor.
As many as you wish. There is no minimum or maximum number of books you have to print. If you want just one copy, we’ll print you just one.
We use 70gsm paper (50 pounds), in natural shade (off-white) or white, for the pages and 300gsm for the cover. Authors may also specify their stock of choice and we will be happy to oblige subject to our availability of the requested stock. We suggest you check the stock before the order is placed. Change in paper stock might have an impact on the delivery time.
If we are satisfied with the editorial quality of your manuscript and the cover and pages you have designed for your book, or if we provide these editing and design services ourselves, we will publish your book. That implies we will provide an ISBN for EACH format your book is developed in. (Currently if you work with us, there can be a maximum of 5 formats: Paperback and Hardback if you are developing a printed version, and EPUB, MOBI and PDF if you are developing an electronic version.)
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a universal code that publishers and booksellers use to identify and order books the world over. In India, ISBNs are provided free of cost. You can obtain one from the issuing agency in India.
We do offer authors the option of customizing a package based on his or her needs. Visit this page to know more.
Your expenditures will happen primarily for three reasons:
A published book will be issued an ISBN. Many retailers insist upon an ISBN as a prerequisite to stocking your book for sale. Moreover, after your book is issued an ISBN, you are required by law to deposit 5 copies of that book with the National Libraries. This in turn ensures that your book is accessible to readers in at least these libraries.
The process works thus:
We do not insist that you purchase our services. We have published the books of many authors who have had their books edited before they approached us, and have helped many others design their own covers.
Publishing under a pseudonym will have no legal impact or influence copyright protection of your work as the author agreement you will sign will have your details and state that you have published the book under a pseudonym.
Yes. Before you sign on, we will give you an estimate of the costs involved. These estimations are a close approximation of the actual expenditure you will make to have the book published.
Yes. You will be assigned a single point of contact to whom you can direct all your queries.
CinnamonTeal Publishing has partnered with Ketto to help our authors crowdfund the publishing of their book.
That really depends on your book, its structure and intended audience. But let’s keep it simple.
ISBN rules mandate that each different format has a different ISBN. That means, while hardcover and paperback versions are already issued different ISBNs, each ebook format (whether epub, pdf/a, mobi, or any other format) should also be issued a different ISBN.
Yes, the contents of a book can be changed subject to certain conditions. Simply send us the new manuscript and indicate that it should be used for further prints. However, please note that we are not responsible for maintaining earlier versions of the manuscript.
The following payment options are available to buyers on Dogears Etc.: a) Credit/Debit Card, b)Payment by Cheque/DD, c)Payment through a direct deposit into our bank a/c. These details are listed on the invoice you will receive for each service.
For most books it takes about 8-12 weeks from the time the author has first contacted us to the time the book is available for sale. This is the case when the manuscript is completed in its entirety before editing is commenced and payments are made on time. Many authors add and delete the texts in their books or that on the back cover after the publishing process has begun. Similarly they decide to change certain aspects of the book that have already been completed e.g. the cover is tweaked after its design is finalized. This causes unnecessary delay.
The price of your book is mainly made of three components: the cost of producing the book, the discount demanded by the retailer and the commission you wish to earn off each book, called the Author’s Earnings.
What you are probably asking is whether we will list your book on Amazon and print a copy when it is sold and dispatch that copy to the buyer (i.e. print on demand). Yes, we do that, not just for Amazon but also for Infibeam, Flipkart and Dogears Etc., the other platforms where we list your book.
Yes, we do provide bulk printing services. Typically, authors choose to print one copy using our print-on-demand service, that they can use as a proof and satisfy themselves with the quality of the book. They then proceed to print in bulk.
Once a completed manuscript is submitted and the print order is paid for, it takes between ten days to a couple of weeks to receive it, time of transit included. However, delivery could be delayed due to other, unavoidable circumstances. In the case of overseas orders, particularly, books shipped using the postal service have taken upto 6 weeks to reach their destination.
For shipping both within India and abroad we use private couriers. We choose not to ship using the postal service because the packages cannot be tracked and because there is no redressal mechanism in case packages go missing or get damaged. The option is still open for small packages (upto 3 kgs) or if authors insist that their packet be shipped using the postal service.
You can. For this purpose, you must email us with the details of your order and not purchase it from any online bookstore where your book may be listed. When you order copies of your book, you will be charged the printing cost and not the listed price of the book.
We do not offer marketing options, but we do offer distribution services. That means we do not offer services that convince buyers to buy your book but we do provide sales channels that make your books available for purchase. These channels include online channels such as dogearsetc.com and other online channels servicing customers in India and abroad. Additionally, under certain circumstances, we also offer retail support that allows your books to be available in certain bookstores all over India.
We distribute online, through various online channels. If you are willing to have at least 150 copies printed, we can also arrange to have them distributed in stores across India, subject to some conditions.
Yes, as an author you may seek other channels for distribution of your book. These channels could be online or offline. However, you must explicitly mention “CinnamonTeal Publishing” as the publisher of the book. Failure to do so constitutes a legal breach that may attract legal action. It is better that you contact us before such a move to prevent any overlap of efforts.
When you choose to opt for distribution of your books through physical book stores, we immediately inform our distributor. He then sends all stores details about your book. It is up to the store to accept your book and ask for a certain number of copies for display. It therefore does not bear much fruit to insist that a book be displayed in a particular store because the store decided whether or not to display your book. In any case, our distributor contacts most bookstore chains along with prominent bookstores. If the book is about a particular city, bookstores in that city are often contacted.
When you book is published by CinnamonTeal, we make sure your book is sent to the main libraries in India as per the Government mandate for all books with an ISBN. Further, there is an increased likelihood that the central governing body for all libraries, the Kolkata-based Raja Rammohun Roy Foundation, orders more copies of your book for placing in other libraries.
You can contact distributors on your own and ask them to supply your book to bookstores. However, you will have to negotiate the terms yourself. Books requested by the distributor will be printed and dispatched only after they have been paid for in full. Similarly, in this case, we will not be responsible for collection of dues from the distributor. It is better that you contact us before such a move to prevent any overlap of efforts.
If your books have been sold to persons other than you (i.e. if you have not bought those books yourself), you will receive an amount equal to the Author’s Earnings you have accrued, if it exceeds Rs. 1000/-, by cheque at the end of six months. The cheque will be accompanied by a detailed account of each sale and the amount due to you. This seemingly large period of six months is because many distributors and retailers themselves have such a payment cycle.
e do not accept any returns and will not refund any purchases unless we have sent the wrong book or a defective copy. Copies damaged during transit cannot be returned for refund.
For as long as you want. When you publish with CinnamonTeal, your book will never go out of print