Is Your Manuscript Ready?
Hi. And welcome to Xlibris. We are pleased you’ve chosen us as your publisher and we look forward to receiving your manuscript so that we can begin working on your new book. In this video, we’ll share some important information that will help your book look its absolute best and ensure that its production goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Is Your Manuscript Hard Copy or Electronic Copy?
The first thing we need to know about your manuscript is whether it’s a hard copy or an electronic copy. A hard copy manuscript is one that has been printed on paper. An electronic or digital copy is one that has been typed and saved into a computer where it can be transferred to a CD or DVD, or sent via the internet. Your book will go into production much faster if you submit an electronic copy. We can accept manuscripts written with Microsoft Word 6.0 or higher on either a PC or MAC. If you’ve written your manuscript using other software, contact a representative and ask about file conversion formats.
A Hard Copy Manuscript Will Require Data Entry
If you have only a hard copy of your manuscript, it will need to be data entered or typed into a computer before we initiate production. We offer data entry services for an additional fee, but you’re welcome to have your manuscript data entered wherever you’d like. Please note that if Xlibris performs the data entry, it will need to be completed before your book can enter production.
Your Manuscript Needs to Be One, Continuous File
File merging is necessary when we receive a manuscript from more than one file. For example, if you send each chapter of your manuscript as a separate file, we will need to put the files together before we can begin production of your book, and it takes a little extra time as well. For these reasons, it is best if you submit your manuscript as one continuous file. If you need help doing this, watch our video tutorial on File Merging.
Page Count Minimums and Maximums
We can publish books of nearly any length but our printer does have some page minimums and maximums. Our 6 by 9 black and white paperback books can be between 48 and 740 pages. Our 6 by 9 black and white hardcover books can be between 108 and 740 pages. Our 8 ½ by 8 ½, 8 ½ by 11, and 11 by 8 ½ color paperbacks and hardbacks can be between 24 and 250 pages. Please keep in mind that these numbers apply to your final book’s page count not the page count of your original manuscript. Depending on your manuscript’s margins, line spacing, and font size, your final book’s page count could end up being longer or shorter than your original manuscript. If you think you might have a problem with a minimum or maximum page counts, give us a call and we’ll be happy to explore other options with you.
Page Count Affects Pricing
Page count is important because it determines your book’s pricing. The higher your page count, the higher your pricing options will be. This is more of a concern with our color books than our black and white books. If you’re publishing a color book for children, we highly recommend you keep your page range between 24 and 48 pages in order to stay competitively priced with other books on the market. The type of binding your color book will have is also determined by page count. Watch our video, Color Books Guidelines and Design Options, to learn more.
We will design and format your books interior to make it look professional. We will also correct the final page margins, line spacing, the Table of Contents, and the page numbering so you don’t have to worry about them.
Instead of trying to set your manuscript to the final book margins, we prefer you submit it on 8 ½ by 11 sized pages with 1 inch margins. This is the default setting for most word processing software. We’ll handle the modifications of your margins to fit your chosen book size.
You don’t need to double space your manuscript for us. This was common practice in the past to make copy editing easier but it’s no longer required. Single spacing is preferred.
Table of Contents
If your book has a Table of Contents, you don’t need to include the page numbers. Once your text is placed in the final book margins, those page numbers will most likely change. We’ll enter the final page numbers for you during the formatting stage.
Page Numbering, Headers & Footers
You don’t need to include page numbers or any other information in your pages’ headers or footers. Again, we’ll insert these during the formatting stage.
Even if you do these things yourself, they will need to be recreated in our design program during the formatting stage. More importantly, we often see some of these things done incorrectly in manuscripts, which could lead to potential production delays. For these reasons, we ask that you entrust our professionals to complete the formatting of your book.
Check for Common Errors
If you learned to type on a typewriter, using word processing software on a computer means unlearning old formatting conventions and learning new ones. Before submitting your manuscript, we highly recommend you double check for some very common text formatting mistakes that could delay your book’s production.
For example, when you are typing and get to the right hand side of the page, do you hit the Enter key to continue typing on the next line? If so, you will need to watch our video tutorial, The Top Five Submission Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them. Recognizing and addressing these formatting issues will ensure your book’s production goes as smoothly as possible.
If you’re publishing a color book or if your book contains images or special formatting concerns such as footnotes, tables, columns of text, or an index, we recommend watching our subject specific videos on these topics before submitting your materials.
If you have any additional submission concerns for your book, you’re always welcome to contact us at 0800-644-6988. Thank you again for choosing Xlibris as your publisher. We look forward to getting started on your book.
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Ahh! We come upon them, the clandestine lovers. Let’s draw them out. Huhh! They’ve been discovered by the sultan. He will not be pleased. Huhh! And now the sultan is in danger. And now, we have to open it up to find out what’s going to happen next. Try experiencing that on a Kindle. (Laughter)
Don’t get me started. Seriously. Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity.
Do you know what John Updike used to do the first thing when he would get a copy of one of his new books from Alfred A. Knopf? He’d smell it. Then he’d run his hand over the rag paper, and the pungent ink and the deckled edges of the pages. All those years, all those books, he never got tired of it. Now, I am all for the iPad, but trust me — smelling it will get you nowhere. (Laughter) Now the Apple guys are texting, “Develop odor emission plug-in.” (Laughter)
And the last story I’m going to talk about is quite a story. A woman named Aomame in 1984 Japan finds herself negotiating down a spiral staircase off an elevated highway. When she gets to the bottom, she can’t help but feel that, all of a sudden, she’s entered a new reality that’s just slightly different from the one that she left, but very similar, but different. And so, we’re talking about parallel planes of existence, sort of like a book jacket and the book that it covers.
So how do we show this? We go back to Hepburn and Dietrich, but now we merge them. So we’re talking about different planes, different pieces of paper. So this is on a semi-transparent piece of velum. It’s one part of the form and content. When it’s on top of the paper board, which is the opposite, it forms this. So even if you don’t know anything about this book, you are forced to consider a single person straddling two planes of existence. And the object itself invited exploration interaction, consideration and touch.
This debuted at number two on the New York Times Best Seller list. This is unheard of, both for us the publisher, and the author. We’re talking a 900-page book that is as weird as it is compelling, and featuring a climactic scene in which a horde of tiny people emerge from the mouth of a sleeping girl and cause a German Shepherd to explode. (Laughter) Not exactly Jackie Collins. Fourteen weeks on the Best Seller list, eight printings, and still going strong.
So even though we love publishing as an art, we very much know it’s a business too, and that if we do our jobs right and get a little lucky, that great art can be great business.
So that’s my story. To be continued. What does it look like? Yes. It can, it does and it will, but for this book designer, page-turner, dog-eared place-holder, notes in the margins-taker, ink-sniffer, the story looks like this.
THIS REPORT ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLISHERS FROM PUBLISHERS’ WEEKLY IS VERY INTERESTING. IT IS INTERESTING TO KNOW HOW ONE WRITER COULD CHANGE THE FORTUNES OF A PUBLISHER. SHE IS THE WRITER OF THE FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY.
Despite concerns about consolidation among publishing houses, sales of the top 10 companies accounted for 55% of revenue of the 50 publishers that are on the list for both 2012 and 2011, down from 57% in 2011. One reason for the decline is the increasing number of publishers from emerging markets gaining sales worldwide. That has been especially true among publishers in the 20th to 50th spots on the ranking; total revenues from those 30 companies accounted for 25% of sales in 2012, up from 21% in 2011.
As has been true in recent years, publishers that specialize in scientific/technical/medical books and journals generated the highest revenue in 2012, followed by education and then trade. There seems little interest among the largest companies to broaden the areas in which they publish; each prefers to focus on one segment. That trend was seen most recently in the U.S., when John Wiley sold off its most consumer-oriented properties to concentrate on professional information. That, of course, is also the path Pearson took with its decision to merge its Penguin subsidiary with Random House, leaving Pearson with only its (very large) educational group. McGraw-Hill Companies also decided that it would be better off focusing on one area, this one outside of publishing altogether—financial services. MHC completed the sale of McGraw-Hill Education in early 2013 to a private equity group (the sale occurred before the final numbers for 2012 were released).
So while the rankings in 2012 are relatively stable compared to 2011, events that began or accelerated in 2012—the announcement of the Penguin–Random House merger; the increase in digital sales outside of the U.K. and U.S., where growth, especially on the trade side, has slowed—are certain to jumble the listings much more in 2013.
The four largest book publishers of 2011 kept their positions last year, a result that led Pearson to retain its crown as the world’s largest publisher in 2012, with total revenues of $9.16 billion. The most significant change among the top 10 companies was due in part to the worldwide success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, which boosted Bertelsmann’s Random House subsidiary from eighth place in 2011 to fifth in 2012 on Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly’s annual ranking of the world’s largest publishers. Below are the 10 largest publishers.
Pearson: Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 48,000 employees in 70 countries and a strong consumer publishing division led by Penguin, which publishes over 4,000 fiction and non-fiction books each year, as well as the Financial Times newspaper (not included in this ranking).
Pearson has seen organic growth and made continuous investments over the past decade, overcoming the economic crisis of 2008 with total revenues of 4.4 billion GBP in 2007 to 6.1 billion GBP in 2012, and with profits rising from 600 million GBP to 950 million GBP.
In May 2013, Pearson announced a new organization structure in order to accelerate their push into digital learning, education services and emerging markets. The change also supports the decoupling of the Penguin consumer publishing business into a separate entity with Random House forming Penguin Random House. Pearson holds 47% in Penguin Random House, the world’s largest consumer book publisher, and 50% stake in the Economist Group, the publishing group which specialises in international business.
Pearson has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Reed Elsevier Group: Reed Elsevier Group is a U.K. company equally owned by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Elsevier is the world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. In 2012, Elsevier’s STM division published 333,000 new research articles in nearly 2,000 journals, with over one million articles submitted for the first time in 2012. Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform is the world’s largest database of scientific and medical research.Elsevier’s Health & Science unit publishes over 20,000 reference titles, with 85% available electronically.
Thomson Reuters: Thomson Reuters provides information for businesses and professionals in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets. Thomson Reuters is a dual listed company consisting of the Thomson Reuters Corporation (Canada), and Thomson Reuters PLC (U.K.). The professional publisher is comprised of four divisions: Financial & Risk, Legal, Tax & Accounting, and Intellectual Property & Science
Wolters Kluwer: Founded in 1836, Wolters Kluwer is a Dutch global information service company dedicated to professionals in the legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare markets. Four divisions provide information, software, and services: Legal & Regulatory, Tax & Accounting, Health, and Financial & Compliance Services. The company operates in over 150 countries.
Bertelsmann: Bertelsmann is an international media company with divisions in broadcasting (RTL Group), print and digital trade publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), outsourcing services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers). The company operates in fifty countries. Random House publishing 10,000 titles annually with sales of 400 million copies. The company also publishes 47,000 e-book titles in English, German, and Spanish annually. Printing and publishing division Gruner + Jahr is present in over 30 countries including China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and France, where the group’s largest foreign company Prisma Média is the second-largest magazine publisher.
Hachette: Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing) is a leading publisher in three key languages: French, Spanish and English. In France, Hachette operates Grasset, Fayard, Stock, Livre de Poche, Lattès, Calmann-Lévy, Larousse, Hatier, Dunod and many others. Outside of France, its main assets include Hachette Book Group USA (Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, etc.), Hachette UK (Hodder-Headline, Octopus, Orion, Cassel, etc.), Hachette España (Anaya, Salvat, Bruño), Aique (Argentina), Patria (Mexico), and others.
Hachette also partners with Phoenix Publishing & Media Group in China and holds a 25% share of Atticus in Russia.
As a publisher of high-quality works for the general public, Hachette focuses on general literature, textbooks and illustrated books. Hachette also publishes partworks and booklets to be sold at newsstands. Hachette Livre publishes more than 14,878 new titles every year (2011). The group belongs to Lagardère, a French-based, globally active media group with activities in 40 countries managed by Arnaud Lagardère.
Grupo Planeta: Planeta leads the world’s Spanish-language publishing markets in Spain and Latin America. The company has further strongholds in Portugal and France, where it owns Editis, the country’s second-largest group. Planeta is continuing to expand, with an emphasis on reading groups, international partnerships, and digital, with the creation of e-book distribution platform Libranda.
Grupo Planeta is present in 25 countries, with more than 100 imprints and a catalogue of 15,000 titles
McGraw-Hill: McGraw-Hill Education is comprised of two divisions: The School Education Group (SEG), which provides education material for the elementary and high school; and the Higher Education, Professional and International Group (HPI), which serves the college, university, professional, international and adult education market. McGraw-Hill Education employs more than 6,000 people in 44 countries and publishes in more than 60 languages
Georg von Holtzbrinck: Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH publishing group is a family-owned company headquartered in Germany. It publishes both print and electronic media in more than 80 countries, and serves educational, professional, and general readership markets.
The group’s activities are divided between four areas: Trade Publishing, Education and Science, Newspapers and Business Information, and Electronic Media and Services. Its publishing activities focus on the German, British and US market, and include a large number of imprints, notably in Germany: S. Fischer; Rowohlt; Kiepenheuer & Witsch; and Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur (together with Weltbild). In the U.K., the group owns Pan Macmillan; U.S. holdings include: Macmillan; St. Martin’s Press; Henry Holt; and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The Education and Science division includes The Nature Publishing Group, Scientific American, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education, and J.B. Metzler in Germany
Scholastic: Scholastic is the world’s the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, and was established in 1920. The company publishes and distributes children’s books, educational technology products, and children’s media under five divisions: Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution, Classroom and Supplemental Materials Publishing, Educational Technology and Services, Media, Licensing and Advertising (which collectively represent the Company’s domestic operations), and the International division. Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution account for publication and distribution in the United States through school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, e-commerce, and trade. Scholastic and its subsidiaries compete in more than 140 counties.
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|Rank (2012)||Rank (2011)||Publishing Company (Group or Division)||Country Publ. Company||Mother Corporation or Owner||Country Mother Corporation||2012 Revenue in $M||2011 Revenue in $M|
|2||2||Reed Elsevier||UK/NL/US||Reed Elsevier (corp.)||UK/NL/US||$5,934||$5,686|
|3||3||ThomsonReuters||US||The Woodbridge Company Ltd.||Canada||$5,386||$5,435|
|4||4||Wolters Kluwer||NL||Wolters Kluwer||NL||$4,766||$4,360|
|5||8||Random House||Germany||Bertelsmann AG||Germany||$3,328||$2,274|
|7||6||Grupo Planeta||Spain||Grupo Planeta||Spain||$2,597||$2,304|
|8||7||McGraw-Hill Education||US||The McGrawHill companies||US||$2,292*||$2,292|
|9||9||Holtzbrinck||Germany||Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck||Germany||$2,220||$1,952|
|11||11||Cengage||US||Apax Partners et al.||US/Canada||$1,993||$1,876|
|13||13||De Agostini Editore||Italy||Gruppo De Agostini||Italy||$1,724*||$1,724|
|16||19||Springer Science and Business Media||Germany||EQT and GIC Investors||Sweden, Singapore||$1,298||$1,138|
|17||18||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||US||Education Media and Publishing Group Limited||US/Cayman Islands||$1,286||$1,295|
|19||20||Harper Collins||US||News Corporation||US||$1,189||$1,100 (est.)|
|21||23||Oxford University Press||UK||Oxford University||UK||$1,125||$1,004|
|22||NEW||China Publishing Group Corporate||China (PR)||Government; partly publicly listed||China (PR)||$1,104||n/a|
|23||NEW||Phoenix Publishing and Media Company||China (PR)||Government; partly publicly listed||China (PR)||$1,076||n/a|
|24||26||Kadokawa Publishing||Japan||Kadokawa Holdings Inc.||Japan||$1,000||$904|
|26||25||Bonnier||Sweden||The Bonnier Group||Sweden||$968||$909|
|27||22||Gakken||Japan||Gakken Co. Ltd.||Japan||$937||$1,043|
|28||28||Egmont Group||Denmark/Norway||Egmont International Holding A/S||Denmark||$792||$703|
|29||27||Simon & Schuster||US||CBS||US||$790||$787|
|30||37||China Education and Media Group (form. Higher Education Press)||China (PR)||China Education and Media Group||China (PR)||$702||$445|
|31||29||Woongjin ThinkBig||Korea||Woongjin Holding||Korea||$667||$685|
|34||17||Readers Digest||US||RDA Holding Co.||US||$533||$1,438|
|35||33||Mondadori||Italy||The Mondadori Group||Italy||$511||$506|
|36||34||Messagerie / GeMS (Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol)||Italy||Messagerie Italiane||Italy||$491||$494|
|37||39||Media Participations||France||Media Participations||Belgium||$455||$442|
|39||40||Abril Educação||Brazil||Abril group||Brazil||$432||$411|
|43||NEW||Cambridge University Press||UK||Cambridge University Press||UK||$396||n/a|
|44||42||Westermann Verlagsgruppe||Germany||Medien Union (Rheinland-Pfalz Gruppe)||Germany||$361||$339|
|45||43||La Martinière Groupe||France||La Martinière Groupe||France||$351||$335|
|47||30||RCS Libri||Italy||RCS Media Group||Italy||$333||$667|
|51||51||Haufe Gruppe||Germany||Priavtely owned||Germany||$291||$269|
|53||NEW||OLMA Media Group||Russia||n/a||$257||n/a|
|56||excl.||Editions Atlas||France||Gruppo De Agostini||Italy||$230||n/a|
|58||53||Groupe Albin Michel||France||Groupe Albin Michel||France||$224||$216|
|59||52||Editora FTD||Brazil||Editora FTD||Brazil||$198||$226|