The publishers imprint designates the "publisher of record" for the book industry. The marks of the imprint are
the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) which embeds a coded reference to the publisher; the Library of
Congress registration identifies the publisher; and the publishers name will appear on the spine of the book, on the title page,
and on the copyright page.
The following is an outline of the basic steps in getting your manuscript to a published book.
The steps will vary depending on the needed for your book. Some authors are better writers than others and their manuscript
may require only a technical editing for consistency of style, capitalization, punctuation, etc. Some authors may require a lot of help in focusing
their very good ideas, so that the book can be marketed to the niche for which it is intended. Some books require photographs or illustrations
to best present the ideas of the books. Those books require more graphic design.
Have an specific audience in mind and focus on that audience in preparing your manuscript.
Some writing coaches recommend that you have one specific person in mind and write to that person.
Focus! Focus! Focus! The more clearly your manuscript is focused on a specific audience
the more easily we can market the book.
Your manuscript should be written on a computer (MAC
or PC) in one of the popular wordprocessing programs (WordPerfect
or Microsoft Word). Kirk House will accept manuscripts on a disk.
When manuscripts are sent as an e-mail attachment, the email program often replaces certaincharacters
requiring considerable editing to reconstruct the manuscript.
Manuscripts prepared on one of the older proprietary wordprocessing systems
will require a file conversion, which can be a costly step.
Library of Congress CIP registration
The Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data (CIP) is necessary if your book is to be considered by librarians.
The universal cataloging number is necessary to identify your book in certain marketing arenas.
These applications require a draft of the manuscript and, at minimum, two weeks time.
Normally, we will show you two possible cover designs.
Early in the process you may communicate ideas, photos, art you would
like incorporated into the cover.
Often, the amount of editing a manuscript will require is a factor in the decision to publish a book
For every book published under the
Kirk House imprint
we will do a basic technical editing
for consistency of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, style, etc. If
we feel the manuscript subject has merit, but requires a more substantive content editing
we will give you the names of free lance editors who will work with
you to enhance your work.
Typesetting (formatting & design)
Certain book subjects suggest a certain design, perhaps even a certain type font.
There are certain type fonts which should not be used for the text of a book.
For present computer-to-plate printing technology requring PDF files, we prefer to do
the book formatting and design so that last step problems are eliminated.
Your manuscript should not leave your computer without a title page and
a second page as a copyright page. On that copyright page you should put the following notice,
"Copyright 20XX, Name" e.g., "Copyright 2006, Jane Doe." If your manuscript consists of several self-contained items, such as poems,
you will want to program your wordprocessing software to put your copyright notice on every page. If it is later
decided that the book is to be copyrighted in the name of the publisher, that assignment can be made.
ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
A Kirk House number is assigned for books published under our imprint. Instructions
will be given the
for obtaining the number.
BarCode / Ean Bookland
The standardized barcode graphic is incorporated
into the cover design. The barcode is used at the checkout by stores, and for inventory purposed by others
who handle the book. We will obtain the graphic for the
Printing & binding of the book
Book manufacturing is an art. You cannot walk
into any printer and expect that they will have the knowledge
of the appropriate design and formatting expertise, inks, UV coatings, signature impositions, etc.
to give you a quality, professional book.
Book marketing is very much the skill of finding the right niche to which to publicize the book.
The author of a good book has written with a specific audience in mind,
therefore, the authors involvement in developing the marketing plan is important. Often, we will work
with the author to develop a marketing plan before deciding to publish the book. If we cannot find the audience there may be no point in publishing the book.
Sales Tax Certificate
will be required, by most states,
to apply for a sales tax certificate, collect sales tax on each
book sold, and file sales tax reports with the state.
Some book orders will come for quantities, but many
orders will come one at a time. Order fulfillment adds a cost
to each bookpackaging materials, postage, time to record the
sale, delivering the book to the post office.