How do I Copyright my book?
Once you create any original work of art, written or otherwise, it is yours. You can take it a step further and formally submit the work to the Library of Congress for a small fee and they will file your work in their library should there ever be a copyright infringement case in the future where you would need to show proof of ownership. You can save money by copyrighting the entire book as one collection of work rather than by chapter or verse. Copyright Form
You can also have anyone that you work with agree to a non-disclosure contract. A non-disclosure means that whoever you are contacting in regards to your project cannot talk about tell or share any of the information that you are giving to them with regards to your copyrighted material.
By that same measure, your artist retains the copyright to the work that he or she creates for your book until you agree in writing who owns those rights. Some authors share the rights to the artwork with the artist and that is called a royalty. Royalties vary in percentages of ownership and by volume of sales.
When the artwork belongs solely to the purchaser and not the artist, that is called a work-for-hire agreement. All of my artwork is work-for-hire and I only retain the rights to use the artwork in my portfolio to show potential customers what I can do.
How much are your services?
Rates for children's books vary widely and are determined mostly the medium and artists reputation. I love what I do and would like to remain available to those who require my services. My current rate for children's book artwork varies depending on level of detail. My work includes revisions and all rights. Getting your book ready for print is complimentary as long as you have contracted me for at least 20 Illustrations. Most authors prefer to choose one page and contract me for that before having me create a whole book. Once we start on all of the illustrations I usually receive 25% incremental payments or 50% to start and the balance at the end. Some authors contract me on a page-by-page basis. The 50% down method is completed fastest as I am able to block large amounts of time for your project. Most book are completed in 30 days or less.
How many Illustrations should my book be?
Most typical children's books in the book store are 32 pages in length. Books can vary in size and with self publishing I have created many books that were 10 pages in length as-well-as some that were more than 90 pages.
What size should my book be?
Do you know what you want the final dimensions of the book to be, width and height? Since you are self publishing you can create your book at almost any size. There are some industry and distribution standards when it comes to printing your book.
CreateSpace prints these sizes without any issues but have limited options for other sizes. Portrait 5.5" x 8.5" , 6" x 9" , 6.14" x 9.21" , 7" x 10" , 8 x 10", 8.5" x 8.5" (square) , 8.5" x 11". They have other options but say that those sizes will not be eligible for bookstores or online retail.
How do I get a Barcodes / ISBN?
The United States government only allows one company to sell ISBN numbers and that company is, Bowker Identifier Services out of New Jersey, with locations in England and Australia. ISBN numbers are $125/ea. ISBN and BARCODE
What is a Spread vs. Single page?
A Single page Illustration is an illustration that appears on the left or right side when you open a book and the text appears on the other side. A spread Illustration is one that is on both the left and right side sometimes with text in the image itself or not present at all.
What is the difference between CMYK vs. RGB
CMYK stands for Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black, Those are the four colors used in printing. Those four ink colors make up every other color when put onto a white page. Your materials for print should ALWAYS be CMYK. GRB stands for Red, Green and Blue. These are the three colors used in electronic images and are used in combination to make every color on o black digital display. Your ebooks and digital artwork should ALWAYS be in RGB.
What is a bleed
A bleed is the part of the image that lies outside of the cut line. This way if the cut is off by a small margin there will not be any white slivers on the edges as the cut goes into the image itself. Allow yourself some overlap, usually about .25" when making full page Illustrations.