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What is Self-Publishing?
In a traditional publishing scenario, the publisher is a person or organization typically unrelated to the author. This unrelated entity takes care of all the responsibilities of publishing a book like the selection of a manuscript, preparing it for printing, printing copies, marketing and distribution. In Self Publishing, the author himself/herself takes the role of a publisher. Hence, he/she bears all the responsibilities of publishing his/her book, while gaining the power to make independent decisions about the content and presentation of the book.

What is Print on Demand (POD)?
Print on Demand (POD) is a printing technology where the cost of printing does not depend on the number of copies being printed. This is essentially digital printing, where each copy is printed independent of the other.

Are Print on Demand (POD) and Self Publishing the same?
No. Print on Demand (POD) is just a printing technique. It can be used for traditional publishing or Self Publishing. Similarly Self Publishing can be done with offset printing or with Print on Demand (POD). These terms are often used together and even interchangeably, because self publishers, with tight print budgets, are probably the ones who benefit from POD almost immediately and hence are one of the first ones to embrace POD.

How does publishing process at Vandana Publications work?
In a typical publishing process at Vandana Publications: The author prepares and uploads his book to Vandana Publications. Vandana publications does a technical review of files and approves it. Author specifies the price of the book, enters book details and publishes the book to Vandana Publications online store. Readers can order the book from there. The books are produced using print on demand technology, only after an order is placed. Hence, there is no upfront investment in the printing. When a copy sells, the author’s earning accrues to his account and is periodically transferred to him. Optionally author can opt for “Extended Online Distribution” to make the book available through other online stores in India.

What size of book I should opt?
Its all depends on your nature of work which you want to publish or print. We offer three standard page book sizes i.e.

For your reference, the standard book sizes in inches are:

Fiction: 4.25 x 6.87, 5 x 8, 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9

Novel: 5 x 8

Children’s: 7.5 x 7.5, 7 x 10, 10 x 8

Textbooks: 6 x 9, 7 x 10, 8.5 x 11

Non-fiction: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7 x 10″

Memoir: 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5

Photography: Whatever you see fit!

It is always recommended you should visit to your nearby libraries, book shop or book exhibition, assess your work or other related published book. Easily you will get the answer.
After you select the size of book you want to publish, it is recommended that you print a copy of the template for the book size you plan to publish and make sure your copy area will fit within the shaded area.
Make your layout at the center the pages in the shaded area and we will shift them left or right for binding adjustments margin.

Which type of bookbinding is good for my book?
Again it is matter of your choice if you want your book to in library shelf than it should be hard bound, if your book is for reading please for readers than perfect binding is good due to it easy handing. If it is a workbook or manual with limited pages than saddle stitch binding is perfect choice and if pages are more than 48 no, we recommend double metal wire or spiral binding.

1. Perfect binding
2. Case Bound/Hardback binding
3. Double Metal Wire binding
4. Plastic Spiral Wire
5. Saddle Stitch or Center stitch

What types of papers is available?
For color printing of text pages of book we offer 100-gsm matt art paper. For black printing of text pages of book, standard 80 gsm acid-free map litho. For cover multi color printing, we offer 250-gsm art cards matt. Apart of these options we can use other type of paper as book per requirement provided paper quality is good for printing.

How much royalty do I get if I publish through Vandana Publications?
We are not dealing with any offline store yet. That’s why we work on 50-50. It means, after deduction the printing cost, we will provide you 50% royalty of your book.

How I should plan for my cover design layout of book?
The cover for your book is a very important selling tool. If cover fails to draw attention, the book will be in very tough situation. All large book publishers and distributors look for an attractive cover and book title. Eye-catching book cover design is a key to reach in the hand of buyers.
We will send you 4 or 5 designed cover page for your selection. You can choose any one as per your choice. We never charge any extra amount for cover page designing.

What will be the price of my book?
There is a minimum price you need to set on Vandana Publications depending on the physical properties of the book (number of pages, page size, color etc.). Beyond that it is up to you to set the Price of the book.

Do you print books with color images inside, like children’s books?
No. Currently, we do not print any color books with color images inside the book. We only work with B/W printing inside and color cover page for the book.

How I will get my proofs of my book?
The proof of book will send you via email in word or PDF format as per actual dimensions of final book with pages numbers. You can get it printed at your end and make the correction on printed sheet and send us via courier or you can send an email in which corrections can be mark page wise. Then we will mail final proof again in PDF format after doing all corrections marked by you and production will start when your final approval will receive.

How long does production of books take?
The whole process can take 30 to 45 days.

If I publish through Vandana Publications, where will my books will be sold?
The books published through Vandana Publications are sold through Vandana Publications Online Store.

Do you have tie-ups with book stores, book chains, online stores or distributors?
We currently do not distribute the books through offline stores.

Can you print in bulk and store the copies for my book?
We can print in bulk, but we do not store the copies. Bulk printed copies will be shipped to you for further usage.

Do you support Cash on Delivery (COD)/Value Payable Parcels (VPP)?
No. These options are currently not supported.

Where all can Vandana Publications deliver the books?
Currently we deliver books all over India.

What is ISBN?
ISBN stands for “International Standard Book Number”, which unique, numerical identifier for the books. Each ISBN represents a particular edition of a book.

How I will get my book ISBN?
ISBN number is easily available through a government agency i.e.
++ Government of India
++ Ministry of Human Resource Development
++ Department of Higher Education
++ Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency
For ISBN Room No. 13, 4th Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001, INDIA.
Phone No. 011-23369668
We can help you to obtain the ISBN number for your book or you can directly get ISBN form above agency.

Can you reject my book for printing or publishing?
Yes. Vandana Publications does not print or publish materials that are pornographic, libelous or defamatory. We also cannot print or publish materials that infringe upon the copyrights or trademarks of others. It is at the sole discretion of Vandana Publications whether we deem you material to be questionable.