Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions

Publishing

How do I submit my manuscript?


Please read the Submission Guidelines and understand the Publishing Process Flow as mentioned on the Submission Page. For submissions and queries, please email to publishing@ukiyoto.com.




When can I expect an update on my submission?


Usually we get back within two weeks with an update since our editorial team goes through each content to ensure quality standards are met. You can also write to us o publishing@ukiyoto.com if you don't hear back from us within the stipulated time.




I got the acceptance email. Now what next?


We will ask you to send further details if required. We suggest you to read all the information shared in the email so that you can clarify any queries if any. You will then receive the Author Contract with terms and conditions which you need to confirm by placing your digital signature. Once we receive your signed author contract, we will issue you an Author Id which will be mentioned in future communications and we will start working on your project.




How do I calculate the MRP and the Royalty for my book?


The MRP mainly depends on the number of pages printed, the internal design, sidtribution cost charged by retailers and the profit margin or royalty sought by authors. Our global network of distributors and printers ensure the minimum cost of printing and distribution so that the authors can benefit from better profit margins. Note that the royalty percentage that you would receive will be mentioned in your Author Contract and the final MRP needs to be set such that it is equal to or greater than the minimum available MRP set by us. The minimum MRP provided by us is set considering global distribution so that your book can reach a vast audience.




I have accepted the Author Contract and want to design my own cover. Can you let me know how to do that?


Our authors have the freedom to design their own book cover. You can therefore send your design on which we will place the ISBN and Ukiyoto logo and proceed to the next steps.




Why should I publish with Ukiyoto and not anyone else?


Our mission is to encorage and support writers to publish their work and make them available on global platforms. Not only do we have a strong editorial team that ensures quality, we work with our authors to better understand their requirements so that we can meet their expectations. Also, we continue to provide support to our authors post publishing as well and this is the reason why authors who publish their first novels with us, publish their next novels with us as well. We’ve created a community of 1500+ international authors and have published over 3500 books. To support our authors and ensure their books have a global reach, we have a robust distribution network in 50+ countries. In fact, we’ve already published more than 180,000 books as paperback so far. Along with Amazon and Google Play as our primary sales channels, our Global Bookstore can ship paperbacks and hardbacks anywhere in the World. You can also read what our authors have to say about us on our social media platforms.




I am not familiar with the words and terminologies used in publishing. Can you explain them to me as a starter?


Here are few of the definitions and terminologies frequently used in the publishing process flow and also you will come across while publishing with us, a. Genre - Every book has a well defined genre such as Fiction - General, Fiction - Romance, Non Fiction - History, Business and many others. The complete list of Genres maybe found on the official website of Book Industry Study Group (BISG). b. BISAC - Book Industry Study Group (BISG) maintains a number of codes to classify both physical and digital products and assigns them a unique reference code termed as BISAC Code. The complete list and details of the codes maybe obtained from the official website of BISG. c. Keywords - These are the words which are used to increase the book's visibility and enable the customers or readers to easily search books using relevant keywords. For instance, relevant keywords for a book on Romance would be, 'romantic novels', 'romance', 'romantic books', 'love stories'. d. Lamination - This is the type of printing method used for your book's cover. We usually offers two kinds of lamination prints for paperbacks. i. Glossy - This produces deeper and cleaner line colours. The reflective shiny finish grabs attention of the customer and usually repels dust, dirt and fingerprints. This is also usually used as the standard for all paperbacks. ii. Matte - This gives a professional and elegant finish and is more of a modern choice. Usually designers and readers, who focus more on the aesthetics, like the look and feel of this finish. The Matter finish is less reflective than Glossy finish, gives a feel of a velvet texture and looks more natural. e. ISBN - An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were ten (10) digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they consist of 13 digits. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number. Each ISBN consists of 5 elements with each section being separated by spaces or hyphens. f. QR Code - The Quick Response (QR) Code is a type of barcode and a machine readable optical label which contains details of the item to which it is tagged. QR Codes could be used to track sales volumes, website data and other purposes that the user decides. These are read by QR Scanner which is available for free both on Andrioid and iPhone Play Store. g. Spine - This is the part of the book cover which covers the thickness of the book and it falls between the front and back covers. This is applicable to perfect bound and hard bound books only. h. Bleed - This is extra area of the book cover which is placed while designing the cover and is cut off at the time of final print. Bleed is usually an extension of the background colour and does not contain any text or graphics which is supposed to come in the final print. The bleed is placed because the trimming is usually never exact and there could be a slight variation. Hence, if the background of the cover is not extended, it would lead to a slight white portion visible on the edges of the cover.




Can you summarize the entire publishing process?


After we select your manuscript, following are the steps taken to publish your book. a. We send across the link to Author Contract b. After you digitally sign the Contract, we send across the Author Input Form to capture all the details provided by you which will be later referred to for designing, typesetting, producing, promotion and distribution of your book. c. Once, the cover and inner files are ready, we send you a link to your files for review so that you can notify us for any changes or revisions required. This is a one time activity but a very important one as revisions are not possible once a book goes into production and sent across to distributors. d. After incorporating the changes, we will initiate a final confirmation from your end and start the listing process. e. We will intimate you on the royalty of your title and the suggested marked price which you are free to change and let us know f. Once your book is live on online retailers platforms, we will share them with you so that you can announce your book launch. g. If you have taken additional services such as social media marketing, conducting book reviews or book launches, the details and timeline of the same will be intimated to you accordingly h. We will provide you with a link to your Earnings Dashboard which is updated by the 5th of every month At any point in time, please feel free to write to us or ask any questions you have. Our official email address for all communication is publishing@ukiyoto.com




How do I access my Earnings Dashboard and have Royalty credited to my account?


Once your title is published we will send across the link to your Earnings Dashboard by the 5th of the next month. You will get updates by the 5th of every month with details of your book's sales. Once the royalty reaches the minimum threshold of 20USD, it would be credited to your account by15th of the month on a monthly basis. Also, by 31st December, entire royalty would be annually credited irrespective of the threshold value. We remit mostly via Paypal and Bank EFT (wherever applicable). If the bank charges to specific countries are excessively high and Paypal is not available, the minimum threshold value will be set to100 USD.





Marketing and Distribution

Will you provide additional book launch and promotional services?


We do provide book launch and promotional services such as book givings or placing hardcopies of the book at physical retail stores we have tie-ups with. If the bookstores require an upfront charge, the details of the same will be shared with you. Ukiyoto will levy charges on additional services availed by the Author and the same shall be conveyed well in advance by correspondence mail.




I am conducting a marketing activity for my new book. Can you provide me an online event page along with collection of tickets?


Yes, we can create an online event page both on our platform and on our Facebook page and help you in selling tickets for your promotional activity. For all such tickets sold on our platform, we will levy a small percentage charge on the selling price to cover our expenses. Further details will be shared with you based on your requirements.




Once selected and published where all will you distribute my book?


We have networking will all the major online retailers for distribution and promotion of your book in both e-book as well as paperback. For paperback we have tied up with regional third parties to give us the best rates on the printing cost and hence result in lowering the overall cost of the book. In addition to the global retailers, we shall undertake promotion of your book by, a. Sending mailer blasts to our wide database and subscriber list b. Posting on our Social Media Group and Page with video teasers of your book c. Share sample copies of your work to our existing pool of retailers and book stores. d. Place copies of your work (if available) in bookstores with whom we have tie-ups or if they have space available in their store at that given time e. Feature on our marketplace, "The Bookstore" at special rates only available on Ukiyto to enhance sales and produce better yeilds f. Run promotional campaigns on Social Media. A tentative list of online retailers would be provided to you at the time of signing the Author Contract. As a growing community, we are constantly increasing our network and reach to global distributors across geographies. These details are shared with our Authors so that they can keep a track of which channel and region is working best for their books. Moreover, we have a special QR Code tagged on each e-book and paperback which provides you online analytics of your book's sales performane. This feature is being constantly upgraded for better results and usage of our Authors.




What are the additional or paid services that you provide?


You can check our Services page or if you have any requirement, you can write to us at publishing@ukiyoto.com




I have already written and published my book. Can you undertake promotional activities for me?


Yes, we do undertake promotional activities for books that are not published by us. However, such activities are paid and include, a. Digital marketing and promoting on our existing Social Media pages and running Google Adwords by digital marketers. It will be based on Author's budget. b. Creating and maintaining Author exclusive Social Media pages c. Book reviews to increase credibility d. Author interviews and release notes of author's biography e. Press release (limited to certain geographies only) f. Placing an "Exclusive Banner Advertisement" on our page, " The Bookstore" for a given time period to showcase your project




Will you do bulk printing and keep stocks for distribution?


We will do bulk printing on request, but will not maintain any inventory. The per unit cost of bulk printing will be much lesser than the MRP. Costs of bulk printing and shipping shall be borne by the Author.




How many Author copies would you provide?


We will not provide any separate Author copies but the rates provided to the Author will be substantialy lower than the market rate. The Authors can place orders for purchasing their copies at subsidized rates and get them shipped to their address.




Will Ukiyoto register ISBN for my book?


An ISBN is not a mandatory requirement for the online sales of your book but it is required while placing your copy in a physical bookstore to track the sales of your book. Each country has its separate ISBN issuing agency whereas online retailers provide their own ISBN at the time of publishing. As Ukiyoto is a blend of both traditional and self publishing, Ukiyoto does not need to provide country specific ISBN for any of its online sales. Simultaneously, for those copies which will be kept in bookstores in a particular region, Ukiyoto will apply for an ISBN and place them on the corresponding book. Moreover, Ukiyoto will provide a mandatory QR Code for all Ukiyoto published books for providing transaparent sales and tracking data to all their published Authors on their dashboard.





Get in Touch

I still have further queries. How do I contact you?


Best way to contact us is by writing to us at publishing@ukiyoto.com




I want meet you and discuss the launch of my book. How do I do that?


We provide services remotely and don't feel the need of field sales agents. Feel free to contact us for any queries by writing to us and we shall get back to you within 3 working days. In case, we see that you require to connect on phone, we can arrange that only if it's very important.





Sales and Analytics

How many copies can I expect to sell with Ukiyoto?


We will distribute, promote and market your book on all our global channels. However, we do not guarantee any fixed number of sales for your book as that depends on many factors such as readers' reviews, author profile, distribution and marketing budgets, etc.




What do you mean by integrating Technology with Publishing?


Ukiyoto aims at delivering quality content by integrating technology like Augmented Reality and blockchain with publishing for the benefit of the Author community. Problems arising out of cross border Author royalty payments, delay in book sales tracking, incorrect tracking, transparency in sales reports, delay in script evaluation and many more can be solved by using such technology.