FAQ - How Xlibris Works
- How does the process work?
- Once I've published my book with Xlibris, who owns the rights?
- What do you mean by 'Rights'?
- Can I still publish my book elsewhere?
- What would happen if an agent or editor saw my book and wanted to publish it?
- Are there any fees to discontinue my Xlibris editions?
- Can I come back to Xlibris when my book goes out of print?
- What happens if I want to cancel my service?
How does the process work?
Xlibris offers a complete service, including book production and design. Beginning with your free consultation with one of our publishing consultants, you will be treated with professionalism and courtesy and provided with all the self-publishing help you need. Once you have chosen the publishing package that is right for you, the publishing process begins. This process starts with the submission of your publishing materials, which consists of:
- Your ordering information
- Your interior and cover text in a word-processing format
- Your interior and cover images in digital format or as hard copies
From there, we create the full design of your book. Once completed, you will receive interior and cover proofs for your feedback and approval. Changes made during this stage of the publishing process may have a fee associated and add time to the process, so please ensure that you submit the final copy of the manuscript to us for publishing. When you are satisfied, we will print a copy of your book and send it to you for you to review the printing and binding of the book. Once we receive your signed approval form we will make the book available to the world and you receive royalties on every copy purchased by your audience.
Xlibris has developed a template-based design system that enables us to build books quickly and efficiently (at a cost savings to you). It's comprehensive enough to fit any application. Although Xlibris designers ultimately decide the final design, you can make suggestions and design choices from the beginning to the end of the publishing process. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and encourage your feedback.
Once I've published my book with Xlibris, who owns the rights?
You do. Forever. The rights to your book will always be yours. Because we have the technology to store your book digitally and to manufacture as many (or as few) copies as needed, your book is always available and will never go out of print - for as long as you choose.
What do you mean by 'Rights'?
As the author, you own all rights to your work. If you enter into a contract with a book publisher, you are usually required to grant some of those rights to the publisher -- usually the right "to print, publish and sell the work in book form". Subsidiary or secondary rights are often shared by the author and publisher. Subsidiary rights comprise every other form of publication -- electronic, Braille, translations, audio, film and TV, etc. This grant of rights may lapse after a book is considered out of print, or at the end of some fixed term.
Can I still publish my book elsewhere?
Yes. The Xlibris Publishing Agreement is non-exclusive. While producing your book with Xlibris' publishing services you can continue to publish or print your book elsewhere, with as many publishers, agents, and other firms as you like.
What would happen if an agent or editor saw my book and wanted to publish it?
Your publishing agreement with Xlibris is non-exclusive. You are free to enter into any other agreements at any time. However, other publishers may ask you to sever your agreement with Xlibris and grant them exclusive rights.
Are there any fees to discontinue my Xlibris editions?
There are no fees to discontinue the Xlibris edition of your book.
Can I come back to Xlibris when my book goes out of print?
By all means. Please ensure first that the rights have reverted to you before re-publishing your book with Xlibris.
What happens if I want to cancel my service?
At Xlibris, we are so confident that you will be satisfied with our services. If at any time, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with a product or a service, just let us know, and we will work with you to come to a reasonable and satisfactory resolution. If no resolution is deemed satisfactory for both parties, you can opt for a refund. Our Refund Policy can be found in the Terms and Exclusivity section in our Agreement Form.