FAQ

1. Why should I release my book as a Print On Demand title?

The Print On Demand (POD) process allows for the creation of one book at a time, keeping titles perpetually in print and available to readers.

Each individual copy of a POD book is created based on an actual order. This eliminates the onerous cost of printing, shipping, and warehousing thousands of copies that may be remaindered, one of the biggest financial liabilities of traditional publishing.

POD titles are saved as digital files that can be accessed and updated with ease. Combined with e-book formatting, POD gives authors the opportunity to connect with a global audience in a timely, cost-efficient manner.

2. What are the benefits of publishing with Upaya House?

  • All Upaya House titles are available worldwide, in both POD and e-book format.
  • We print every book to order, whatever the quantity of that order may be.
  • Editorial and book design services are available if necessary, with fees based on the extent of work required. We also accept manuscripts with fully edited text and designed covers, as long as they meet professional print standards. More information is available on our Submissions page.
  • All our titles are available to leading online bookstores, as well as major distributors such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
  • All our titles are available on established e-reading platforms, including Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and iTunes.
  • All our titles are eligible for inclusion in the WorldCat database, exposing your work to libraries worldwide.
  • Our titles incur virtually no upfront costs tied to printing, warehousing, shipping, and other burdensome aspects of traditional publishing. This allows authors to start earning royalties much more rapidly, once minimal upfront costs have been recouped by Upaya House.
  • You retain control of all media rights to your books, including film, television, audio adaptations, etc.
  • We provide you with the tools and contacts to promote your books to mainstream reviewers, online portals, and various media sources.

3. What kinds of books does Upaya House consider for publication?

Upaya House is interested in hearing from authors with completed manuscripts who are eager to share their voice with readers worldwide via printed and digital media. All literary genres in both fiction and nonfiction will be considered.

4. How do I start the submission process?

Email a brief synopsis of your book for consideration to:

submissions@upayahouse.com

Be sure to include any pertinent information related to your work as an author (previously published books/articles, reviews, pending or completed media deals, etc.) If interested, we will request that you send a sample portion of the book (usually the first 50 pages) and will make an ultimate decision about whether your work fits with the Upaya House brand based on that sample. Unlike some other publishers, we never make prospective authors wait more than a few weeks upon receiving their work to make a decision.

5. Do I need to have been published previously in order to be considered?

Absolutely not. One of the primary aims of Upaya House is offering artists a chance to release their work to a broad audience, whether this is your first book or your fifteenth.

6. How long does my manuscript need to be?

As a general guideline, completed manuscripts should be 60,000 words or more. This applies primarily to fiction and nonfiction releases. Specialty titles, such as humor books, can be somewhat shorter. We consider all submissions on a case-by-case basis.

7. Why does Upaya House accept digital submissions when so many publishers seem to insist on receiving hard copies?

Because we recognize the new realities of publishing in the digital age, and we want to make the submission process as easy as possible for everyone involved.

8. Do I need to be represented by a literary agent?

No. While we receive a fair amount of published material via bonded agencies, we feel special reverence for any author willing to brave the wilds of publishing without the aid of a licensed representative. So donít hesitate to contact us even if youíre still in the process of finding someone whose dogged efforts merit 10 percent of your livelihood. As long as you have something great to share, we want to hear from you.

9. Does Upaya House pay advances to its authors?

No, nor does any other small publisher that we know of. The new economic realities of publishing preclude the payment of sizable advances to all but the most established and bankable authors. However, there is a significant benefit to the no-advance arrangement: authors start earning royalties much sooner, and at a much higher rate than they would collect under more antiquated business models. Once initial publishing and promotional costs have been recouped, Upaya House pays %50 net royalties on every copy sold.

10. How can Upaya House afford to pay such high royalties to its authors?

By limiting our annual output to a focused number of releases we truly believe will find a broad audience, and utilizing digital means to publish and promote which are far less expensive than the antiquated methods of printed media.

11. What size or trim will my book be when itís released?

Upaya House is currently publishing titles in full-size trade paperback. This format allows for attractive pricing to consumers while still delivering a high-quality product. Certain special titles that rely on a heavy amount of graphics (e.g. coffee table books) may be published in hardback, with appropriate adjustments to the royalty scale based on production costs.

12. Does Upaya House also publish its titles digitally?

Absolutely. As the publishing industry continues to move further in this direction, digital titles will consume a greater portion of all Upaya House releases. Every one of our books will be available on all the major digital platforms, including Kindle, Nook, iBooks, iTunes, and more. Upaya House pays authors the same royalty percentage - 50% net - for digital copies as we do for printed copies.

13. What about media sales - movies, TV, serialization, audio adaptation, etc.?

Same deal. Upaya House and the author split %50 net on every form of revenue a book generates.