Who owns the publishing rights to my book when I publish through Wheatmark?
You retain all rights to your work when you publish under Wheatmark’s imprint. By signing our publishing agreement, you grant us the nonexclusive right to publish your book for as long as you like.
We make no claim to any of your auxiliary rights, either, such as your electronic rights, your audiobook rights, or your foreign and translation rights.
Who owns the copyright to my book when I publish through Wheatmark?
You do. We always print a copyright notice in our client’s name on the copyright page of the book.
Just FYI, your manuscript is already copyrighted under U.S. law — even in its draft stage. For additional protection, it’s a good idea to register your copyright with the United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. We can handle that for you as part of the publishing process.
In which genres do you publish?
Wheatmark publishes both fiction and nonfiction. Our services are designed to best serve the following three types of clients:
Nonfiction authors who want to grow their platform by publishing a book in their areas of expertise
Fiction authors who wish to compete directly with the other top authors in their genre
Serious hobbyists who have a killer concept for a niche title
Wheatmark rarely publishes poetry and illustrated children’s books.
Wheatmark doesn’t offer publishing “packages.” All of our projects are priced by custom proposal starting at $2,500.
We’re a small company, so we’re looking for projects with great sales potential and clients who are willing to make the investment in time and money necessary to achieve the goal of publishing a book that competes with others in its market.
If you’d like to know more about how professional publishing works, the expectations we have for our clients, and most important, the expectations we think they should have of us, please download and review a free copy of our book, The Author’s Guide to Choosing a Publishing Service.
If your book looks like a project we could help you be successful with, we’ll contact you to schedule a complimentary consultation.
How much does it cost to publish a book with Wheatmark?
Wheatmark publishes books based on custom publishing proposals designed to meet the specific needs of each project. The investment for a typical publishing project with us is between $5,000 and $7,000. This investment includes everything our clients need to properly edit, publish, print, and sell their books and ebooks.
What are your royalty rates?
Wheatmark imprint clients receive 25% of net sales on print, and 50% of net sales on e-books.
Our done-for-you publishing clients receive 100% of net sales on both print and e-books.
What type of paper options do I have when I publish my book with you?
For paperback interiors we use high quality, acid-free paper, 55# natural shade opaque or 50# white. Paperback covers are printed using 80# bright white cardboard stock with either a gloss or matte finish. We also offer dust-jacket and case-bound hardcovers.
What happens if I decide to republish my book with another publisher sometime in the future?
If you publish under Wheatmark’s imprint, you may cancel your publishing agreement with us at any time, for any reason, with thirty days’ written notice.
We’ll be able to provide you with your design files so that you can take them to another publisher, or simply to keep them for your records.
If you publish under our done-for-you system, you’ll already have your files on hand.
Why should I publish with Wheatmark?
Experience counts in publishing! Wheatmark published its first title in the year 2000, so we have more than two decades of know-how under our belts.
Since then, we’ve published numerous books that have sold more than 2,000 copies. Some of our clients have sold 5,000, 10,000, and more than 25,000 books. Other clients have licensed translations of their books, sold the movie rights to their books, and landed traditional publishing deals after successfully publishing their books with us.
We can publish your book under our imprint or help you start your own publishing firm.