Lava Publishing

EBook publisher for today's author.

Submissions

Lava Publishing electronically digitizes your manuscript into a quality E-Book and introduces it to the world on the internet.  Below is a subsidiary contract with bases in Copyright Law that becomes legal and binding on all parties involved when you submit your manuscript for publication.  This contract becomes binding on all parties involved when Lava Publishing receives your manuscript and remains effective from the first day your E-book is published to the web for one (1) year.

Lava Publishing- 61137 Lodgepole Dr.  Bend, OR 97702

Contact: Rachelle Walker - Owner email

 A staff member or I will contact you via email after we receive your manuscript.  It will then be reviewed and either accepted or rejected for publishing.  If your manuscript contains pornographic materials to the point of being illegal in the United States, or too hateful, to where it could bring harm to an individual or group of individuals, we will return it to you with an explanation and delete it from our database.  Spend the necessary time with your manuscript to ensure it is well written and professionally edited before submitting to any publishing company.  Full editing takes a considerable amount of time, is expensive, and slows the publishing process.  You must take the responsibility to make sure your work is professionally prepared and presentable.  This, and the below information, is your contract with this company.  This contract is an agreement, legally binding upon the author, publisher, and any third party(s).  Read it thoroughly, and if you agree, send your manuscript.

Accept:

All genres, except pornography that is considered illegal in the United States and literature that could be considered hateful or harmful to an individual or group, are accepted.  We do not accept scripts (stage,television, etc).  We do not accept manuscripts that are pending hardcopy publication.  You must be the sole owner of your manuscript.  You may seek hardcopy publishing after your manuscript has been electronically published with Lava Publishing.  You may not seek another electronic publisher for your manuscript until after one (1) year of active with Lava Publishing.

After this company publishes your manuscript and if it brings any hardships upon this company or litigations, you are responsible for ALL costs.  If your words or actions bring hardships or litigations upon this company, you are responsible for ALL costs. Your E-book and royalty checks will be held by Lava Publishing until all legal fees are paid.  Upon full payment of any legal debts, the continued selling of your E-book will be reviewed for deletion.  If it is discovered, in a court of law or by an officer of the court, that the fault does not bear your signature or the signature of your E-book, the accuser must bear the weight; this is nonnegotiable.  We require that you stay with Lava Publishing for one (1) year after the date of publication for the purpose of recouping publishing expenses.  After that year, you may withdraw your E-book from this publisher or request to continue for another year.

The author shall be entitled, during the one (1) year of this contract, to publish with any other company, hard copies of the book, provided that Lava Publishing retains the sole electronic publishing, advertising, and distribution rights of the electronic version.  No other electronic publishing company or electronic publishing subcontractor or electronic publishing program can publish during the year from date of publication and no other publishing company retains any right of any part of the original electronic book.  Lava Publishing is the sole owner of any creations thereof of the electronic version and may be used by other publishers, electronic, or hard copy, by permission and recognition only.

If you seek a hard copy publisher before we publish you, we will withdraw our offer.  If this company designs your cover, you have permission to present the cover to a hard copy publisher with proper recognition to this company.  You may use this company logo and URL, as presented under your E-book title on this site to advertise (at your expense) your E-book outside our normal advertising.  If you have your own web site and you would like to use this company's name to direct customers and promote your book, you have permission.  Send us a request and we will prepare the banner or logo or a URL address for your site.

When Lava Publishing takes possession of your manuscript, you are entitled to the same rights and protections as stated in the Copyright Laws of the United States of America.

Lava Publishing will not alter the original meaning of your text while editing or post-editing without notifying you of the reason and requesting your permission.  Make sure your manuscript contains no non-recognized copyright material, icons, logos, or popular names that may be covered under copyright law.  If you do not understand copyright laws or would like to know more, please refer to: United States Copyright Laws

Terms:

You will receive 60% of the net sales (after any publishing costs) of your E-book, foreign or domestic.  E-books published by Lava Publishing will be marketed through Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing, Apple iBook, and Barnes and Noble as  distribution platforms.  Paying the Agents or editors you hire outside of Lava Publishing is your responsibility.  Your manuscript will be returned or deleted from our system if it has not met Lava Publishing's standards of ethics, decency, morality, or editing quality; you are responsible for paying the return postage and or editing fees.  If it is discovered in the post editing that your manuscript contains unacceptable material, you will be asked to correct or remove it or it will be destroyed.  Each author maintains the copyright to his or her work and each agreement is non-exclusive.  This allows you to pursue other business alternatives, including optioning your book to film and television production companies.  Authors also maintain translation and subsidiary rights as well.

We pay royalties within 40 days of the close of each yearly quarter.  Q1(Jan/Feb/March) Q2(Apr/May/June) Q3(July/Aug/Sept) Q4 (Oct/Nov/Dec).  Payments will be held if sales are under $10 until the next quarter.  We will notify you if you have not acquired sales during the month or if they are less than $10. All payments will be made via secure electronic bank transfer to an account of your choosing.

Requirements:

Manuscripts MUST be professionally edited by an editor other than yourself before submission of query, introduction, and author history with portrait photo.  If you desire, your photo can be exhibited in the "About the Author" section of your E-book.  Your editor will receive recognition within your E-book upon your request, when your manuscript is published.  If your manuscript is not professionally edited prior to submission, Lava Publishing's fee for editing manuscripts is $0.04 (cents) per word.  If it is discovered that your manuscript has not been edited by a professional editor, other than yourself, then this fee will be charged for a Lava Publishing editor.  You must supply the name, address, and telephone number of your editor, as well as email if available.  Your editor may be contacted for credential verification.  Fee is to be paid in full before manuscript is published to the web.  If you claim that the manuscript has been edited by a professional editor other than yourself and we find twenty (20) or more mistakes, we will charge you the $0.04 (cents) per word for editing your manuscript.  If it has been verified that your manuscript has been edited by a professional editor, other than a Lava Publications editor, and we find more five (5) or more mistakes, we will charge you $0.04 (cents) per LINE for post-editing.

The fee charged for Lava Publishing to digitally design your book cover, to your liking, if practical and possible, is $150.00 or less depending on the difficulty of your desires.  This fee must be paid before your E-book is published to the web and there is no refund on the illustration fee.  Lava Publishing does not charge for post-editing if your manuscript appears to have been edited by a professional editor, other than yourself.  All post-editing changes will be authorized by the author. 

Submitting:

Submit your manuscript with title and copyright page, query, introduction, and author history w/portrait photo (if desired) via email or on a read/write CD (CD-RW) saved as (.doc) and illustrations saved as (.jpg or .jpeg) by postal mail to the above address. 

Your manuscript, query, introduction and author history w/portrait photo must be compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 editing programs and above.  PDF files must be converted to .doc and .jpg before submitting.

Lava Publishing will handle most of it's correspondence with you via email.  If Lava Publishing decides to publish your manuscript, the information within this document acts as a legal contract and no signature is necessary.  Individualized changes to this contract may be possible, please contact us with inquiries.

Formatting:

E-books are different from print books, please do not attempt to make your manuscript look like a print book.  You'll only frustrate yourself by creating a poorly formatted, unreadable book.

With E-Books, there are no "pages".  Your book will appear different on every e-reading device.  The best way to create a great looking book is to keep it simple!  The following are tips on simple formatting:

-Do not have more than 4 consecutive paragraph returns in a row (this creates blank pages in E-books)

-Do not create or use tabs.  Do not use the "tab" key.

-Please use Times New Roman font, the most widely used font by e-readers.

-12pt font size is best, please use it.

-Do not make indents using "tab" or the "space bar"

-Do not place text in tables, please import tables as images.

-Do not create text boxes.

-Use only one text or paragraph style for the body of your manuscript, multiple styles do not work well.

-All submissions must be in Microsoft Word .doc file.

- Do not send a source file in PDF form.

-All images should be embedded in your Word file.  Please use either .JPEG or .PNG images (for most e-readers .PNG works best). 

For excellent E-book formatting, please visit Smashwords and follow their guidelines under "The Smashwords Style Guide" located under the "Publish" tab.  Also, if you would like your E-Book to qualify for Kindle publishing, please visit Kindle and follow their formatting guidlines.

TITLE AND COPYRIGHT PAGE:

This page is required and must include in this order: The title of your book, Author's name, Published by (Lava Publishing at Smashwords), Copyright (year) Author name.  Please center this information on the page and use a maximum of two (2) font sizes.

Lava Publishing will provide you with an ISBN number prior to publishing. 

You may include after the above, information such as:  Discover other titles by (Author name), and then include titles of other books available. 

If you are having difficulties formatting your manuscript please contact us and for $75 we can format your document for you.  Again, following the Smashwords style guide will result in a great looking E-book.

THE END OF YOUR BOOK:  

Here's an opportunity to connect with your readers!  A personal message to thank the reader and to direct them to your other titles, your Facebook page or other social network, or even your website, are great options.  Also, consider adding a short bio and perhaps your photo. 

COVER IMAGE:

Despite the saying, most readers before reading will judge a book by it's cover, so make sure you're happy with yours!  Follow these guidelines to maximize your distribution:

-Book covers must be shaped like a book and include title and author's name.

-The book cover image should be 500 pixels wide by 800 pixels tall (must be at least 600 pixels tall).  Do not start with a small image and expand the dimensions, this only causes pixelation and does not look good.

-Image must be in RGB color and be saved in .JPG format

Lava Publishing is able to create book covers for $150 or less depending on the difficulty of your design.  Convey to us your ideas and we'll do our best to create what you are looking for at a reasonable price.

PRICING:

Ultimately the Author has final say as to the pricing of his or her books.  Please do some research on the pricing of similar books and we will likewise guide you in what we believe would be a fair price.  The following are possible pricing examples:

Short Stories - $.99 to $2.50 (3,000 - 15,000 words)

Novellas - $2.99 to $4.50 (15,001 - 35,000 words)

Novels - $4.99 - and up (35,001 - "and up" words)

These are only meant to be guidelines.  Books are sometimes marketed for $0 (no cost) and if you would like to market your book as such, we will require a fee of $100 to cover the expense of time spent publishing and marketing your book.  Keep in mind, that Apple requires all prices to end in $.99 (aside from free books).  If you set a price that doesn't end in $.99, such as $1.49, the price of your book at Apple will be raised to the nearest $.99 price, such as $1.99.

This is a great deal of information, but all aimed at helping you create a successful and great-looking E-book.  Please Contact Us with any questions or concerns you may have.  We are here to help you and your writing ambitions!