Q: What services does Morris Publishing® provide?
Q: Why must my book be press-ready?
Most authors prepare pages with a personal computer, using a variety of software that allows complete design control. We offer templates to ensure accurate page sizes and margins. It is then very easy to convert pages into a PDF using our online submission tool, which helps us prepare pages for printing. By submitting your book press-ready, you can be certain that your pages will look exactly the way you want. For this reason, we do not proof, edit, typeset, or format pages, but we do pass on substantial savings to our customers.
Q: How much will printing my book cost?
Q: What is the difference between a printer and a publisher?
Traditionally, a publisher undertakes the production of a book from the manuscript stage all the way through marketing. A publisher generally pays printing expenses, helps edit and typeset the book, and markets or distributes the book, recouping the investment by taking a sizeable portion of profits. A printer (like Morris Publishing®) simply prints the book. You are the publisher since you prepare the book, pay for the printing, market and distribute the book, and keep ALL profits.
Q: How long will it take to receive my book proof?
We will send your proof via FedEx within 2 weeks of receiving your order form, book files, and any other material needed to produce your book.
Q: After I return my approved proof, how long will it take for my books to ship?
Q: What page sizes and binding styles do you offer?
Q: What is a stock cover?
A stock cover is a full-color, in-house cover design which can be imprinted with your own wording. The back cover can be printed with book excerpts, line art, ISBN, bar code, and a black/white photo. Covers cannot be altered in any other way. A stock cover is FREE and is available for 5 ½" x 8 ½" sized books only.
Q: What is the purpose of cover templates?
Q: How do I know which Cover Design Package to use?
The Design Package you should use is determined by your ink color choices, whether your photos or artwork require manipulation, and whether you need us to create original artwork.
Q: Why is there a separate ink charge for a full-color custom cover?
Q: Why is there a charge for photos in my PDF file?
Q: How many photos can I include on interior pages?
Q: Why is there a charge for a second proof?
Morris Publishing® provides a FREE proof of your interior pages and cover so you can examine and approve your book before printing. Since interior pages must be furnished press-ready, pages should have already been proofed and edited. There should be minimal or no corrections. Significant changes or corrections will require extra time and a new proof to ensure accurate production of your book so we charge for a new proof.
Q: What is an overrun?
All orders are subject to a 10% overrun or underrun and are shipped and billed accordingly. This is a standard printing trade custom. Overruns are caused by the endeavor of the printer to compensate for estimated spoilage so the specific quantity ordered can be delivered. If more than 10% are lost in spoilage, your order may be short some books. If spoilage does not occur, you could receive up to 10% over the original quantity ordered. You will be charged for the number of books you receive, which may not be the exact number you ordered, but it will never exceed 10% (maximum 50 books).
Q: What is an ISBN? How do I get one?
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a worldwide ID number for your book. Booksellers use this number to order, price, and keep track of inventory. If you plan to market your book to larger bookstores, distributors, or retailers, they will require an ISBN. Since you are the publisher of your book, you must apply for the ISBN so itís registered with your name and contact information. To obtain an ISBN, contact R.R. Bowker at www.isbn.org or www.bowker.com. Filing for an ISBN can take several weeks, so plan ahead to avoid production delays.
Q: How do I get an EAN bar code? Do I need one?
To obtain an EAN bar code for your book, you must first apply for and obtain an ISBN. Your ISBN is then converted into an OCR (optical character readable) scannable bar code. For a small fee, Morris Publishing® can create a bar code and place it on your back cover. A bar code is necessary if you plan to sell your book through major bookstores and retailers. Local or independent bookstores may or may not require a bar code. It's best to check with them first.
Q: Can you file a copyright for me?
No, because the process is faster if the author files for his/her own copyright. The copyright office has a very easy online application at www.copyright.gov.
Q: How do I submit my book to Morris Publishing®?
1. Carefully proofread your pages (including titles, headers, and footers) many times and have several others proof it. Making changes after a proof has been sent to you will incur extra charges and cause delays. Take your time – don’t rush!
2. Make sure photos are scanned at the correct resolution and page margins and formats are correct (PDF 416kb). Use our page templates to assist you. For children's hardcover books, use our Press-Ready Hardcover Guide (PDF).
4. Use our checklist (PDF 73kb) to make sure you have submitted everything we need to begin processing your order. Complete the order form and send it to us with your material.