Introduction to Frequently Asked Questions
Van Rye Publishing, LLC (“VRP”) makes every effort via its website to provide you with the information you need about VRP’s editing, formatting, and publishing services and products and how you can use them. If you have been unable to find the information you need or are still undecided about whether you should use VRP’s services, this tab of VRP’s website provides answers to some frequently asked questions about VRP and its services and products.
Frequently Asked Questions
(1) Why should I use VRP’s editing, formatting, or publishing services for my book manuscript?
Reasons you will want to use and can trust in VRP’s editing, formatting, or publishing services for your book manuscript include the following:
VRP publishes books in the most popular print and e-book formats.
VRP-published books are available worldwide at major book retailers, book distributors, and libraries as well as to smaller online and brick-and-mortar bookstores.
VRP has published dozens of Amazon best-selling books.
VRP has published books for university-level courses with a combined enrollment of over 800,000 students.
VRP has published books in seven languages.
VRP-published books undergo a rigorous editing and formatting process that includes direct author input.
VRP’s staff is directly available to authors throughout the editing, formatting, or publishing process, and beyond.
VRP provides its authors with complimentary and ongoing discounted copies of their books.
VRP’s services do not involve book file buy-back requirements, hidden fees, hidden agendas, or similar such tricks of any kind that you could fall victim to elsewhere. (See FAQ #8 and #9 for more.)
(2) Where and in what formats are VRP-published books available?
Books that VRP publishes under Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”) or Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) are available worldwide at major book retailers, book distributors, and libraries in print and e-book formats as well as to smaller online and brick-and-mortar bookstores in print format. Major book retailers, book distributors, and libraries where you can find VRP-published books include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart, Google Play, Apple, Kobo, Scribd, OverDrive, Baker & Taylor, Ingram Content Group, and more.
Books that VRP formats under Service Option 2 (“Formatting Only”) for authors to self-publish are formatted as print books (print-ready PDF format) and e-books (MOBI and EPUB formats). Places where authors choose to self-publish VRP-formatted books include Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, IngramSpark, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Google Play, and more.
(3) Is there any type of book VRP will not consider for its editing, formatting, or publishing services?
VRP will not review or accept partial or incomplete manuscripts under any of its four service options. VRP will also not review or accept poetry books, cookbooks, children’s books, or comic books under any of its four service options. Lastly, VRP will review but is less likely to accept books containing more than fifty images, illustrations, diagrams, or figures under its formatting and publishing service options (Service Options 2, 3, and 4), but VRP will almost always accept such books under its editing service option (Service Option 1).
(4) If VRP does not accept my book manuscript for a particular service option, will VRP explain why?
If you submit your book manuscript to VRP for any of its four service options, there is no guarantee that VRP will ultimately accept your manuscript for the service(s) you are interested in using. In cases where VRP reviews a manuscript and decides that VRP is unable to accept the manuscript for the service(s) you are interested in using, VRP will inform you of that decision. However, VRP is not always able to provide you with detailed reasoning behind such decisions.
(5) How long does VRP take to fulfill its editing, formatting, or publishing services?
The time it takes VRP to fulfill its editing, formatting, or publishing services for your book manuscript will depend on the volume of manuscripts VRP is working on and on the length and complexity of your manuscript. For Service Option 1 (“Editing Only”) and Service Option 2 (“Formatting Only”), VRP typically fulfills these services for any book manuscript within a few days to a few weeks. For Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”) and Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”), VRP allots a standard period of four months to publish a book manuscript. Under all four service options, VRP will provide you with an estimated date of completion and will make every effort to fulfill its services in the quickest possible time.
(6) How does VRP decide the retail price for books published under its publishing service options?
VRP uses a variety of factors in deciding how to price books published under Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”) or Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”). One factor is to look at how books of similar genres, subject matter, and formats are priced. Another factor is to determine the price range that yields the highest revenue from the retailers that sell VRP’s books. Based on factors like these, the majority of VRP-published print books will initially or eventually be priced in the $10–$30 range, and corresponding e-books will initially or eventually be priced in the $2.99–$9.99 range. Over time, VRP will likely adjust a book’s price upward or downward from the initial retail price based on how well the book is selling or during marketing campaigns.
(7) Are books published under VRP Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) of lesser quality or prestige than books published under VRP Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”)?
No. An author who chooses to publish a book manuscript under VRP Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) can expect the same high-quality print and e-book publications as under Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”). As the SERVICES tab of this website indicates, the services VRP offers under Service Options 3 and 4 (including high-quality editing, formatting, cover designs, etc.) are identical. The only difference between Service Options 3 and 4 is who pays the publication costs (VRP or you) and the percentage of gross revenues you receive (which is higher when you cover the publication costs).
Please be aware, however, that merely submitting your book manuscript to VRP for Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) does not guarantee that VRP will accept the manuscript for publication. VRP is not a “vanity press” that will publish any and all manuscripts submitted to it. Instead, VRP has strict selection criteria for what it publishes. And VRP will not accept a manuscript for publication under Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) if the manuscript’s content, quality, and sales potential would not qualify it for publication under Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”).
(8) Why is the fee for VRP Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) priced the way it is?
The fee that you pay under VRP Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) covers all aspects of the publishing process for which there are expenses (and nothing more). This includes rigorous manuscript editing, quality print book formatting, quality e-book formatting, a professional cover design for each book format, a unique ISBN for each book format, copyright registration in your name, and marketing and management of your published book. Were you to seek these services elsewhere, you might find that quality editing alone can cost you as much as this one VRP fee that covers all of your publishing needs from start to finish. And were you to seek these services elsewhere, your final total publication costs could easily amount to thousands of dollars (far more than at VRP).
(9) Do VRP Service Option 3 (“Full Publication”) or VRP Service Option 4 (“Shared Publication”) involve any book file buy-back requirements or hidden fees?
You need to be aware of and watch out for “publishing company” tricks. A common trick is that a company will ask you to sign a publishing contract with an enticingly-high royalty and an easy way for you to get out of the contract. But the contract will also require an exorbitant upfront fee and/or contain a clause requiring you to buy your book files (cover and formatted manuscript) from the company at a significant cost should you ever terminate the contract. The company will then barely edit your manuscript (if at all), will slap a ready-made cover on it, and will minimally fulfill its contractual obligations so that you will want to terminate your contract and might end up buying your book files. By that point, with little time and effort, the company has succeeded in making you pay a lot of money for less-than-polished book files.
You also need to be aware that VRP is not one of those companies. As any VRP-published author would tell you, VRP-published books undergo a rigorous editing and formatting process. In addition, the covers of VRP-published books are tailor-made, coming from award-winning professional cover designers. And VRP’s publishing contracts do not contain book file buy-back requirements, hidden fees, hidden agendas, or similar such tricks of any kind. Instead, VRP’s main interest is in delivering high-quality book publishing services, including publishing high-quality books under the VRP imprint. That is one of the many reasons why everyone from the budding novelist to world-renowned university professors needing books published for courses with a combined enrollment of over 800,000 students and counting have used VRP’s services for their book publishing needs.
(10) If I still have not found the information I need about VRP or its services and products, how can I get my question(s) answered?
Have you browsed through all tabs of this website and the answers to the frequently asked questions above but still can’t find the information you need about VRP or its services and products? Then head to this website’s CONTACT tab and feel free to email your question(s) to VRP at the email address listed there that pertains to your query. VRP will be happy to assist you.