What We Do
What We Do
What services Blue Pencil will be offering as part of publication of a title?
The work of the book may include (subject to discussions with you, the author):
- Editing by Blue Pencil for improvement of the book.
- Illustrations within the book
- Page-making and layouts
- SBN + barcode assignment
- High-quality printing
- E-book version of the publication to be available in Google/Kindle.
POST PRODUCTION – PRE RELEASE PR
- Pre-Release PR in Blue Pencil website
- Marketing: Marketing the book through various media
- Book launch: Blue Pencil may help indirectly to organize
the book launch
DISTRIBUTION, SALES AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
- Online Book sales through Amazon, Flipkart, etc.
- Inventory Management plus inventory insurance — keeping pre-decided minimum number of copies at our warehouse
till the contract period expires and insuring the material
against theft, serious physical damage and fire.
- Retail distribution to booksellers in India, subject to
approvals from bookstores
- Sale of the e-book using appropriate channels.
What We Do
Being one of the most reputed self-publishing companies in India, Blue Pencil uses most advanced and reliable print-on-demand services to offer self-publishers quality books in a huge variety of print options for an affordable price.
Blue Pencil’s POD publishing service is designed to give self-publishers the best value per book. The work of the book may include (subject to discussions with you, the author):
Does Blue Pencil follow partner-publishing or traditional publishing model?
Our Editorial Board picks up selected manuscripts for traditional publishing. You receive all the services mentioned above. Your involvement as the author will be there at every step. Under our partner-publishing model, we offer authors to share the costs through the option of buying back some copies of the title. This option ensures a faster turn-around time.
All the work done by traditional publishing model remain the same – only the commercials have changed a bit to do justice to the manuscripts which we wish to publish as titles from Blue Pencil.
How long does the production of the book take?
What are the documents that need to be submitted for Blue Pencil to consider?
Any writer who wishes to publish with Blue Pencil needs to mail us at [email protected] with the following set of documents:
- Proposal of the book
- Synopsis including other books with similar themes and why the author considers this to be unique
- Table of Contents – tentative
- 3 sample chapters for fiction and non-fiction
- Author Bio
Once the editorial team approves the sample chapters the entire manuscript needs to be sent by the author for evaluation before final decision.
In case the editorial team approves the manuscript and the author agrees with the terms and conditions with Blue Pencil, the author needs to sign and return a formal Letter of Intent (LoI) for Blue Pencil to take up the project.
What is the reading frequency of the submission?
After sending the submission how long will it take for me to hear back from Blue Pencil?
You can either upload your submission here. Or email us at [email protected]
We will accept submissions in typed format and will acknowledge receipt of your mail. Please expect to hear back from us within 3 months. In case you don’t hear back from us in 3 months please do knock us again.
If I don’t hear back from Blue Pencil does this mean the submission has been rejected?
Can I approach other Publishers while my submission is being evaluated by Blue Pencil?
Till the time you do not have an approval from Blue Pencil, please feel free to reach other Publishers with the work – we have no objection to the same.
If you move ahead with any other publisher for self-publishing, before we (Blue Pencil) have shared a Letter of Intent with you stating our willingness to publish the book provided the terms and conditions are agreed and understood by you, please do let us know, we will stop working on your submission further.
Who decides what books will be published?
Will my manuscript be edited by Blue Pencil?
What will be the anticipated retail price of the book?
It depends on market conditions and on the size of the book.
The final price of the book will be decided once the manuscript is accepted and we agree on the terms and conditions of publication with the author
How is the settlement carried out and what do I need to do?
The sales report is generated every 6 months – at the end of September (for April to September of that year) and at the end of next March (for October that year till March end next year). You will receive the agreed royalty fee for all copies sold within this period.
You need to provide your bank details and the royalties as calculated will be deposited in the same. In case you don’t wish to go by this method any alternate and feasible channel of disbursement will be discussed between you and Blue Pencil during the later stages of the publication cycle.
What royalty rates do you offer?
We pay 5% royalties (net from distribution channels) to authors on sale of printed books and 10% royalties (net from distribution channels) to authors on sale of e-books.
Where do you distribute books?
Our eBooks are available at Amazon and Google.
Our print versions are sold at Amazon, Flipkart and are available to bookstores and libraries.
All our print books are also available in our online shop. Browse our publications and you can buy from us through online payment or PayTM. The book(s) are shipped to the buyer within 7 days.
Do you publish books only in English language or in any other language as well?
Currently we publish books only in English language. We may start publishing in other languages in future. We will let the authors know via this website when we are ready to take on that endeavor.
If your question has not been answered, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Do you do Print on Demand Publishing?
Yes, we have a full service Print on Demand Publishing wing. Please visit our Print on Demand section for further information.