(Q) Would I work with an editor before the book went to press, and would this be free of charge?
(A) No. However, prior to print we do basic proofing and make any suggestions we feel
necessary to benefit the work and you will have a Personal contact throughout the publication process. We work with a number of Independent Editors who set their own rates and to whom you can be referred if desired.
(Q) You say it will be print on demand - so how many books will be printed initially?
(A) Print on Demand means what it says, as a book is requested it is printed, for further explanation see the POD section of our "About Us" page.
(Q) How many copies of the book will I receive?
(A) This is dependent upon the Option one chooses?, and the option to purchase at author's discount (which is a quarter of the full retail price) as many copies as you wish - although these copies are not for resale. You can give them away, place them in strategic
(Q) You mention paying a sum of ₤60 annually to keep the book in print, what is this for and is this payment forever?
(A) No, as stated in our contract, we shall decide when the Work is out-of-print based on copies of the Work sold in a 24 month period. That being said in order to print a book a "Print Template" is made by the printers
and we are charged to keep this template available so that your book
can be printed as and when required. If this fee is not maintained
and the book requires further copies printing a new print template
will have to be created. We pay this for all our Authors for the first
year. However, it is then the Author's responsibility thereafter to
maintain this payment if they wish the book to remain available to be
(Q) Do I have to buy a webpage?
(A) No, Some but not all of our our Initial Offer to an Author, include One (1) Domain name usually the “authors name .com” and a single webpage designed and uploaded to the internet. The domain name and hosting would be borne by us for the first 12 months. Thereafter, if required, it would be available at a cost of circa ₤ 60.00 (sixty GBP) per annum.
(Q) Where are your books currently being sold?
(A) Amazon and all other internet outlets who pull their book data from Amazon. As all books published by us have one of our ISBN numbers, they can be ordered from all bookstores, both online and traditional bricks & mortar shops.
(Q) I'm not quite sure how your marketing process would work?
(A) We are publishers not marketing consultants. When we set up this business it was decided at the outset to concentrate on the strengths of our team and not become a jack-of- all trades, and to that end we work with marketing companies who (for a price) will market your work. When we become a Blue Chip company we will employ a large marketing team (and that-s a promise)
We are well aware that there are a number of publishers out there who will claim to market your work, but rest assured no-one will market for free. That said we do have a "Members Only Area" where our Authors can find help and guidance in marketing their work, and remember it is your book and so you should already be marketing it.
(Q) Where is your company based, I couldn't find an address on your site?
(A) All our contracted Authors have our registered address and it is printed within every copy of each book we publish.
(Q) Is there any charge to have my book published by Black Leaf?
(A) Yes, we charge an "across the board" setup fee of ₤199 GBP which is approximately 10% of the publishing cost.
(Q) I've been advised not to pay to have my work published.
(A) Good advice. There are a lot of publishers out there who will charge you a small fortune to publish your work (ask one of our founding partners). Originally we set out not to charge our Authors anything, but in the real world bills have to be paid and until we land the next "Harry Potter" have to meet our costs and stay afloat. Sorry.
(Q) Would I not have the freedom to update my web page myself rather than relying on someone else?
(A) The web page is only a basic page and is included in our offer so that an author has a web presence and this is not editable by the author. Should you so require we can get you a full editable website built with a back-end which will allow you to go into and edit as you
please. This, however, would cost as it is produced by a third party.
You can also if you wish design your own site for free by going to the link below
(Q) My work is currently edited to The Chicago Manual Of Style requirements following US spelling rules. Do you intend to deviate from this standard?
(A) We do not use the Chicago Manual of Style because our Authors are widely spread and we are a British Publisher. However, our British equivalent to this is the Oxford Guide to style and / or the BBC New Style Training Guide on-line.
(Q) If you sell e-books or electronic copies of my book, what precautions have you taken to protect the work from being copied and fraudulently distributed
(A) All our electronic books are password encrypted to help deter from such illegal printing, the copying issue however is a difficult one, if you have a problem with this we would just not offer your book as an electronic issue.
(Q) Who pays for the copyright of my book?
(A) It is your responsibility to register and pay for your own copyright. To assist you please use the link below to register the copyright of your work in your name.
(Q) When will my book be in the shops?
(A) Book shops/stores have their own team of buyers who choose which books their company wishes to buy from the book wholesalers, so it is up to them as to whether they stock your book or not. As a rule they will only stock a book if they feel they can sell it well. We have no say in this desision I'm afraid. However one of our Authors has just persuaded her local Waterstones branch to stock her book and this was only achieved by lots of footwork and persistance.