Wheatmark offers an array of editing, publishing and marketing options for authors who are eager to get their works into print. With 1,200 titles published, it is not the largest of the online book publishing companies around, but it has excellent book-selling avenues.
The time it takes Wheatmark to move your work from manuscript to published form depends on the condition of the manuscript when the company receives it, what services you choose to buy and how long it takes you to review proofs. However, it typically takes about 12 weeks. Wheatmark provides you a 20 percent royalty based on the cover price for books sold directly through its online bookstore and a 20 percent royalty for wholesale books sold through third-party retailers.
Wheatmark offers several services to promote your work, including instructions on how to use Twitter to sell. It also instructs you on how to use your book to position yourself as an expert on an issue you have written about, which could have benefits not only in selling books, but in enhancing your career.
This online publishing company offers a number of free beneficial services to help you sell your book, including newsletters, tutorials, informative videos and author tips. The website also provides a toll-free phone number, an online form to submit questions and a FAQs section.
Like many other online publishing companies, Wheatmark uses Ingram Book Group and Baker & Taylor, two of the largest book distributors. Besides Wheatmark's online bookstore, you can sell your book through Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, Buy.com, Powells.com, Alibris.com and AbeBooks.com.
This online publisher has several paid services that determine how the final version of your book looks and is presented to the public. The paid editorial evaluation gives you a good starting point to determine how much editing your manuscript needs in order to publish the best possible book.
You can purchase a custom cover design to make your book stand out. For a fee, this publishing house also provides what it calls a positioning analysis of your work to find the right market for it online.
As an extra paid service, Wheatmark builds webpages for you and your book that include a Buy Now link to your chosen online retailer. This webpage can highlight testimonials about your book from readers, display excerpts to tempt buyers and announce when you will be doing readings.
If you sell 2,000 books, you are automatically enrolled in Wheatmark's Great Expectations program, which gives you up to $5,000 in credit, based on what you paid in publishing and marketing fees. You can use this credit for services such as formatting your book for the Kindle eReader or for additional marketing and promotion.
In addition to FAQs, email support and a toll-free number, you get a free publishing guide before you start. Other free resources for potential customers are a Wheatmark newsletter and blog, as well as a guide called "The 7 Steps to Publishing Success." This starts you on the road to having confidence in what you can achieve as a self-published author. However, the company's otherwise attractive and clear website does not make it particularly easy to identify the total cost for services.
Wheatmark offers various services to help many different authors with their needs. The total costs are not easily found on its website, but the company produces professional-looking and appealing books, and it displays a keen understanding of the importance of social media and other modern marketing techniques.