How much will it cost to publish my book?
no easy, pat answer to that question, because every book
is different. Costs can vary widely, depending on the length
of your manuscript, whether or not you want to include photographs
and/or illustrations, the kind of paper and type of binding
you choose, the amount of editorial involvement required,
the number of books you want to print, whether you choose
a two-color or four-color cover-the list of variables
goes on and on. But we'll work personally with you to guide
you through the process. At the Chapel Hill Press, we'll
be happy to help you develop a set of specifications for
your book and then give you a non-binding estimate based
Some publishers may say that they can produce your
book for less, while others may cost more. But, as a general
rule of thumb, perhaps nowhere does the expression "you get
what you pay for" apply more aptly than in the book-publishing
business. If you want your book to be of sufficient quality
for people or libraries to consider spending their money
to buy it, you should be prepared to spend what it takes
to get that quality. If you're publishing it as a gift
to your family and/or friends, then-as is always true in
that case-it's up to you to decide on the quality (and related
cost) of your gift.
What kind of control will I have over
my book as it goes through the publishing process?
the Chapel Hill Press, the short answer is "a lot."
approval is needed for every step we take. You choose how
much-or how little-editing you want, which of our designers'
proposed cover designs you prefer, which inside type layout
you choose, and the size, binding, and number of books you
want printed. We also encourage you to take the time you
need to look over the final pre-press proofs, so that no
mistakes slip unnoticed into the first edition of your book.
I get to see my book as it develops?
get to see your book several times as it moves through
various stages of the publishing process at the Chapel
Hill Press. You'll review the manuscript after it's been
edited, review cover and inside layout options as they're
developed, and sign off on the final pre-press proof copy
before we send it to the printer. That way, you get to see
exactly how your manuscript will appear in book form.
if I feel that the Chapel
Hill Press' estimate is too high?
you can choose not to work with us-it's as simple as
that. All of our pre-contract estimates are non-binding,
and the first thirty-minute consultation to review a project-either
at our offices, if you're nearby, or over the phone, if you're
We know that we're not the only game in town,
and we encourage authors to get estimates from other publishers.
When you do, though, be sure you ask plenty of questions,
such as how often you'll get to consult with their staff,
whether you'll have personal involvement in the editorial
process, and what input you'll have in the cover and typographical
design processes. Always ask to see samples of
other books they've published, and when you do, ask yourself, "Would
I be proud to say, 'That's my book'?"
the Chapel Hill Press
help me market my book?
We can do certain things
to help you get the news about your book out to potential
reviewers and readers. If your book is intended for commercial
sale, we'll prepare a news release announcing its publication
and help you develop a list of publications and other
media outlets that might be interested in announcing
or even reviewing it (including local newspapers and
magazines), as well as offer suggestions about libraries
that might be interested in having it in their collections.
We can also develop and produce direct-mail pieces, design
and produce display advertising, and provide links to valuable
commercial bookseller's tools like Books in Print and successful
online distributors such as amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
the most important ingredient in successfully marketing
your book will be you: your enthusiasm; your belief in its
value; your connections to your community through schools,
business, libraries, churches, and civic organizations; and
finally, your willingness and ability to get out there and
push, push, push your work.