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Frequently Asked Questions

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Buying Books FAQ:
What are my options to buy your books?
While you can buy our books from popular distributors, including Amazon, iTunes Bookstore, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, we hope that you'll buy from our built-in bookstore. This way, the authors keep a bigger cut of the sales (no middle man). Just go to the book you're interested in, and in the "Buy from our bookstore" area, select the format you want.
All e-books purchased through our bookstore are DRM-free. It means there are no Digital Rights Management restrictions on the e-book you buy. If you buy an e-book from Night Owls Press (hooray!), it isn't restricted to your existing e-reader. For example, if you bought a copy for your Kindle (mobi format), you can convert it from the mobi format to the ePub format and read it on your other devices, such as a Nook or iPad. To do this, use a free conversion program like Calibre.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Through PayPal, you can pay for books using your PayPal account or your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
What formats of your books do you sell?
Our digital books are available for your Kindle, iPad, or Nook e-readers. We also have paperback formats. Note: The mobi format is readable on all Kindle e-readers and on apps such as Kindle for Mac or Kindle for PC. The ePub format is readable on multiple devices, such as the iPad, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader, and Kobo. The PDF format is readable on almost all e-readers and desktop computers (Mac and PC).
Do I need an e-reader to read digital versions?
That's a big misconception about e-books. You don't need a dedicated Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader device to read e-books. Just download the appropriate apps to read an e-book on your computer, tablet, or phone.
Is buying books from your online bookstore safe?
Absolutely. Night Owls Press protects your information during transmission and transactions by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software. We have also integrated our shopping system with PayPal, the market leader in supporting transactions online. PayPal uses industry-leading technology (also SSL) to keep your information safe. Read more about PayPal's security protocols here.
I don't have a PayPal account. Can I still buy books from your bookstore?
Yes, you can! When you are done shopping and adding books to the Shopping Cart, click "Submit Order." This will take you off-site to PayPal. Once you're there, you can complete the purchase by clicking "Don't have a PayPal account?" and pay with your credit card. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Do you keep my personal and payment information?
We only keep track of your e-mail address (which we'll never give out, sell, or spam), and that's it! Since we use PayPal to handle our transactions, we don't ever record or see your financial information. You also benefit from PayPal's state-of-the-art security system.
I'm interested in bulk orders of your print editions. Do you offer discounts?
Awesome. Yes, we offer discounts on bulk orders (usually 11 copies or more) of our printed editions. Drop us a line and we can discuss.
I have a coupon or discount code. How do I use it to get my discount for your book(s)?
We sometimes offer promotional discounts that can be redeemed using codes. To use a Night Owls Press coupon or discount code (applies only to e-books), select the e-book format you want from the "Buy from our bookstore" area (these coupons only work on purchases from our website). In the Shopping Cart page, enter the coupon code in the blank field and click "Update Cart." This applies the discount. Then, click "Continue Shopping" or "Submit Order" to finalize your order. You will be prompted to enter your name and e-mail address where you will receive a link to download your e-book(s). Note: Links are only active for 24 hours so be sure to download your e-book(s) once you receive notification.

To use a CreateSpace coupon or discount code (applies to the paperback editions only), click the orange “Buy Paperback” link. This takes you to the CreateSpace bookstore. Click "Add to Cart." Under Options & Discounts, enter the discount code and click the "Apply Discount" button. Once the discount has been applied, click "Check Out." As with any online store, the system will prompt you to sign in or register an account (free) to finish the checkout process. Note: The discount only applies to the list price, not shipping. Taxes are not included.
I'm a book reviewer or journalist interested in one of your books. How do I get a complimentary review copy or ARC?
To request a review copy or ARC of any of our books, please contact us and indicate in your message the following information: the title of the book, your name, address, e-mail address, website/blog, applicable social media links, and the publication(s) or website(s) for which you are a reviewer.
Publishing FAQ:
How does the book submission and publishing process work?
Read through our Publishing section to get an overview. Fill out the Author Partner Registration form to submit a preliminary book proposal and initiate talks.
How long will it take to hear back from you?
A decision on your submission will take time and a response from our editors can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. We take our time to evaluate the merits of your project and to decide whether or not you would be a good fit. Please don't expect that submissions will be a fast track to publication! We have a small team of editors that works hard on each book project we take on. Each of us has a full plate. We really do appreciate your patience while we get to your book proposal.
Are simultaneous submissions allowed?
You are welcome to submit your book proposal to other presses, though we do hate it when we fall in love with something and find out it’s been committed elsewhere. During the submission process, please do alert us if you've secured a formal book deal with another publisher.
What is the typical length of your books?
We generally like works in the range of 60,000 to 85,000 words. But we'll consider works outside that range, too.
How do I sign up to sell my books on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble?
Partnering with us has built-in distribution. We offer distribution in the top four online markets for all print and e-books: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.
Can I sell my book at my local bookstore?
Seeing your book on the shelves of your local brick-and-mortar bookstore can be a dream come true— but keep in mind that it's often difficult for a small press to find shelf space in bookstores. As part of our general marketing strategy, we prepare a distribution list and contact relevant bookstores and/or retail establishments to pitch your book. We also offer a distribution channel via Lightning Source's connection with U.S. book wholesaler Ingram that would enable us to stock your book at some bookstores. The final decision to stock your book, however, ultimately lies with the bookstore or retail establishment. Please note that bookstores often require a 50% discount off the list price and a buyback or return policy from publishers, which, because of our small size as a press, is not feasible.
Can I do direct sales or work with local retail agents myself to sell my book?
Yes! Book sales is a business often most effective when it's personal, when authors can tote their books with them and make personal pitches in-person, or when they can distribute their books at local retail establishments like their neighborhood specialty store. Our authors also want to carry and sell their books when they do consultations, attend networking events, or speak at conferences. Our contracts usually have a built-in "Author Distribution" arrangement, which allows you to sell your books personally.
What about promotional copies? How many books are allocated for marketing or publicity purposes?
All authors get one complimentary author copy for personal use. In addition to that, we also provide review copies for publicity and marketing purposes. Depending on the interest from media and book reviewers or on opportunities such as festivals, conferences, and presentations, we’re flexible on how many free promotional copies we can allocate. In the past, the number of books has ranged from 10 to 30 copies (subject to change). There is also the "at cost" option. If we can no longer allocate free copies, you can still get books at cost (you pay for the basic costs to print/ship the books). At cost books are mainly reserved for personal purposes such as giveaways to friends and family.
What formats will my book be published in?
For print: trade paperback (in 6X9 or 5.5X8 trim sizes, though other trim sizes are considered). For digital formats: Mobi, ePub, and PDF for Kindle, iPad, Nook, and other popular e-readers and digital devices.
What type of books do you publish?
Our core creative focus is on nonfiction titles on business innovation, social entrepreneurship, social media, work/lifestyle, and education topics, but we are open to any creative and innovative ideas you might have.
How long does it take to get my book published?
From the time we start working with you on your manuscript, it can take anywhere from nine to 12 months to publication, depending on a variety of factors. This period covers intensive editing, formatting, cover and interior design, production, and distribution on our part, as well as revision and rewrites, feedback on design elements, and beta reader feedback on your part.
Why should I publish with you?
We're NOT a vanity press and only invest our resources in works and authors that show promise. By working with us, you get administrative, editorial, marketing, and distribution support, while maintaining your independence. People think that publishing a book is simply about putting words on paper and designing a cover. In today's market, anyone can self-publish. But to really produce a book that will have an impact and highlight your ideas in the best light, you need top-notch, intensive support from start to finish. That's where we come in.
Does my book really need to be edited? Why can't I just self-publish on my own?
Even if you don't publish with us, our recommendation to any new authors looking to self-publish is to get their manuscripts professionally edited. Aside from our publishing platform, which includes editorial services, we also offer several types of a la carte editing services: developmental editing, content editing, and copyediting, as well as content development, ghostwriting, and research (see Editorial Services for details on what each provides). Note: Copyediting only deals with surface mistakes, not fundamental flaws in your work. If we find that your manuscript has significant developmental or content problems, we'll say so and encourage you to request a developmental or content edit. Most books don't sell or aren't picked up by publishing houses because they are sloppy and lack cohesion at a structural level. Still unsure about the value of having an editor? Read this classic defense of editors and keep in mind the irreplaceable editor-writer relationship you'll be missing!
How much does it cost to publish with you?
It doesn't cost you anything to publish with us. We don't provide printing packages for self-published authors or publication of manuscripts 'as-is.' Instead, like a traditional press, we take a share of the net revenue of book sales as part of our risk-sharing of the book with you. Net sales revenue is defined as the sales less the distributor cuts (Amazon or B&N) and sales costs (specifically, merchant processing fees [e.g. PayPal] and print-on-demand costs). We are "all-in" when we work with you, just like a traditional publisher, but with a lot more hands-on care and attention.
What rights do I keep?
You keep all rights to your book (the copyright is under your name) and ownership of the content. In signing with us, you give us permission to sell and market/promote your book (the ISBNs for print and digital formats are under Night Owls Press).
What are my author royalties?
Royalties are outlined in individual contracts with our authors.
Do I need an ISBN?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) uniquely identifies the book and its current edition and helps sellers ensure that they are marketing the right book. We provide ISBNs for both print and digital versions.
What file format do you require for submissions?
We only accept files in .pages, .doc, or .docx formats. We work on your manuscript in MS Word using Track Changes, so .doc or .docx formats are preferred. Planning work such as outlines, notes,a and other short documents can be shared via Google Docs preferably.
Are there any special formatting requirements for manuscript submissions?
The following are very general guidelines:
  • File Format: We only accept files in .pages, .doc, or .docx formats.
  • Layout: Do not spend time creating fancy formatting or styles! Use Times New Roman, size 12 font; single spaced, left aligned text; and 1-inch document margins for the main body text. Use size 16 bold for chapter titles, size 14 bold small caps for section titles within chapters, size 12 bold for the next level down, and size 12 italics for the lowest level. Overall, the simpler, the better. Our production team prefers a stripped-down manuscript, which makes it easier to create our own layout and format in the production stage.
  • Page Breaks: Enter section breaks at the end of every chapter.
  • Image Placement: Images should be inserted in .jpg format with inline text alignment (don’t copy and paste from another source). Keep in mind that non-color e-readers can only display images on a gray scale electronic interface; image heavy books are better viewed on color-supported devices.
  • Have more questions about publishing with us? Drop us a line and we'll walk you through the process.
    Editorial Services FAQ:
    What topics can your writers handle?
    Our specialties and interests are business & economics, nonprofit & community initiatives, social media & web content, and travel & food. For more detail on what we can produce for these topics, check Editorial Services.
    What is your work process for editorial projects?
    Download and complete the Editorial Project Brief to initiate discussions. Visit Editorial Services for more information.
    How much do you charge for editorial services?
    Night Owls Press realizes that not all projects are created equal. Costs for projects are negotiated with clients on a "per project" basis. Costs will depend on a host of factors, including topic, objectives, word count, research involved if any, expected deadline, and intended output. We do follow industry standards. Refer to the Editorial Freelancers Association rates guide for ballpark numbers. Sorry, but we don't usually accept projects with budgets below US$500. Tell us about your project and receive a personalized quote.
    What is the payment process?
    Payment terms are 50% of the project costs paid upfront, and the remaining balance upon delivery. Our preferred mode of payment processing is bank-to-bank EFT (electronic funds transfer) or PayPal. In special circumstances when additional payments are required (e.g. to accommodate project scope changes or additional research required), these payments will be added to the final payment installment to be due upon delivery.
    Do you accept non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)?
    Yes. We can build a non-disclosure agreement into your project contract at your request. While we always appreciate an editorial credit for our services, our lips are sealed if non-disclosure is required.
    What if I changed my mind and need to cancel a job order?
    After an official work request is processed and the initial payment is received by Night Owls Press, the client has 48 hours to cancel the project without incurring any penalties. Within 48 hours, the client can cancel the project and request a full refund. After 48 hours, Night Owls Press retains the full initial payment.
    Do you do book reviews?
    Yes. Our editors now review books at Night Owls Press we believe would be of interest to our readers. The books we review are publications we personally own, unless otherwise stated. We also receive books from publishers, publicists, and authors directly. All books get the same consideration. We don't receive financial compensation for any of the reviews we write. All reviews are honest assessments of the work's merits and are published on our blog ("What We're Reading"), at Goodreads, LibraryThing, and/or Blogging for Books. Our rating system is as follows: 1 star - Why was this even published?; 2 stars - Not worth your time; 3 stars - A good, solid read; 4 stars - An excellent read. Recommended; and 5 stars - An outstanding read. Highly recommended. If you'd like us to review a publication, contact us.
    Have more questions about our editorial services? Drop us a line.