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Xlibris General Information

What does Xlibris mean?

The name is a derivation of the Latin term ex libris which means “from the library of”. This term was traditionally used on the bookplates with a name to distinguish the owner of the book. We combined the two words into one term and dropped the “e” in order to create a unique name that seemed appropriate for both the field we are in and the technology associated with what we do.


What do I need to know about Xlibris?

Founded in April 1997, Xlibris is one of the pioneers of supported self-publishing services. Unlike traditional publishing houses, we do not take the rights to your book; our publishing services enable you to become your own publisher. When you publish with us, you are essentially self-publishing in the most efficient way possible.


What is a supported self-publishing services provider?

A supported self-publishing services provider allows you to publish your book. You are the publisher. We provide the support and infrastructure necessary to accomplish this goal. Acting as a "back office," our staff handles the design and layout of your book. Once finished and approved, we traffic and fulfil all book orders while calculating and issuing royalties. We also provide marketing, editorial, and distribution support.


What is print-on-demand publishing?

Print-on-demand means exactly what it implies: we print books as they are ordered. We use modern technology to store and print your book in electronic form, removing the need for a warehouse and large print runs. This method reduces two of the greatest costs in publishing, allowing more authors to publish and to have their books remain in print forever.


Is this vanity publishing?

Definitely not. Vanity publishers will charge you thousands of dollars to print box loads of books they will not help you sell. Xlibris does not require you to purchase any books. Furthermore, since vanity publishers use the printing technology of traditional publishers, their costs are inherently high. Xlibris uses modern computer technology to keep costs down, freeing up resources to provide a wide array of services. Vanity publishers provide a one-time service, while Xlibris provides continual support before, during, and after the publishing process. Xlibris does a number of things that a vanity publisher does not. Here are just a few:

  • Process book orders and fulfil them
  • Distribute your book
  • Payment of royalties
  • Indefinite availability
  • Lifetime support
  • Marketing support
  • Editorial support


What are the reasons why I should self-publish?

There are many good reasons to self-publish your book. Here are six reasons why self-publishing may be perfect for you.

  • Time Traditional publishing takes too long; most traditional publishers work on an 18-month production cycle. Choose to self-publish and your book could be ready for the market within three months.
  • Your book—the way you want it A book is a reflection of the author. Self-publishing gives you complete control on the direction of your book. The decisions are exclusively yours and not limited by third parties with intentions and interests different from your own.
  • Retain all rights As a self-publisher, you own all rights to your book. If you use a traditional publishing house, they will own all rights. If they lose interest in your book, you will not be able to print additional copies unless you purchase those rights back.
  • Testing the market Because your book may fill a niche that has not been met, you can test the market by self-publishing. Find out how well your book will sell, and how successful it will be.
  • A limited market Your book may appeal to a limited market and, therefore, may not be of interest to a large publishing house.
  • Legacy Each of us has a unique life story to tell, complete with ordinary incidents, moments of brilliance, tragedy, and humour. Your book is an expression of yourself and a great legacy to leave behind.


If I self-publish, do I still have a chance of getting a contract with a major publisher?

Yes, of course. In fact, many large traditional publishing houses now scour the shelves and the Internet for self-published books that could fit into their publishing programme.


Who are some well-known authors who have self-published?

Many amazing authors have chosen to self-publish at some time in their careers: Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Carl Sandburg, James Redfield, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman, just to name a few.


Do I have to be a certain age to publish my book with you?

You can be of any age to publish with Xlibris; however, if you are a minor, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian to co-sign your Publishing Agreement and authorise payment for your publishing services.


How does the Xlibris publishing 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 consist 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.


What can I expect during my publishing experience?

Publishing a book can be a daunting prospect. At Xlibris, we make your publishing adventure easy because we are available every step of the way. Our knowledgeable and professional staff is responsive to your needs—many years in the publishing industry has taught us that your success is our success. We view the publication process as a collaborative effort that requires your participation. Such an author-oriented approach to the publishing process ultimately leads to a fulfilling experience and ensures that together we will produce the best book possible.


What is the importance of goal setting?

Goal-setting is a fundamental aspect of achieving success in any endeavour, and publishing a book is no exception. You simply cannot go somewhere if you do not know where you want to go. With goals, you can create the future in advance. With goals, you can literally create your own destiny.


Which important questions should I ask to determine the goals for my book?

When you establish the goals you have for your book, you can better customise your publishing experience and better choose the Xlibris services that best fit your vision of success.

To establish your personal goals, try asking yourself questions like:

  • What is the vision I have for my book? Am I publishing for commercial success, personal satisfaction, or professional recognition?
  • Do I have any specific requirements or strict formatting instructions?
  • Could my manuscript benefit from editorial services?
  • What is the best way to market and promote my work?
  • Who would be interested in buying my book?
  • How many copies do I hope to sell?

If you can answer these questions and communicate them to Xlibris from the outset, it makes the publishing and marketing processes so much easier.


How long will my book be in print?

As long as you want. When you publish with Xlibris, you obtain permanent publication—your book will never go out of print—and we will always be here for you.


Where can I post recent news about my book?

The Xlibris Author's Lounge is a great forum to post recent news and information about your book, feature your story, or learn from the experience of other authors. It also gives you access to a list of upcoming events and relevant articles about publishing and marketing your work.


How does Xlibris make money?

We make money by providing services to authors and through book sales.


Why are we different?

  • Experience and expertise
    The definition of success is different for every author. Whether you want to be the next bestseller or would just like to leave a legacy for the next generation, Xlibris has the experience, expertise, and extensive service requirements necessary to make it happen.

  • We wait for you approval
    We provide a galley after initial cover design, after initial interior design, and after every subsequent set of corrections. We do not move ahead until we have your expressed approval.

  • You retain complete control
    With Xlibris, you retain complete control of your work. We are non-exclusive, which means you can self-publish with us and still offer your work to agents and publishers. We're not interested in taking your rights away from you. After all, we didn't write it.

  • Around-the-clock customer support Our customer service representatives are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide around-the-clock support.

  • Publicity and marketing support
    Xlibris offers an extensive list of marketing and publicity tools to support our authors toward the ultimate goal of selling books. You may contact your Marketing Consultant on 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK) for your free consultation or send an e-mail to

  • Leather-bound editions
    Xlibris is the first print-on-demand publisher to offer elegant leather-bound editions of your book. They are perfect to keep or to give away as gifts, and custom-crafted to last a lifetime.


Contracts and Agreements

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 granting 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.


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 republishing your book with Xlibris.


What do you mean by an open-ended, non-exclusive contract?

The Xlibris publishing agreement is open-ended and non-exclusive. This means that there is no set term for the contract, but that it can be cancelled at any time at your discretion. Because it is non-exclusive, it means that you can pursue publishing contracts with other publishers and actually have another contract with another publisher or agent regarding the same work without violating the terms of your agreement with Xlibris.


What happens if I want to cancel my contract with Xlibris?

You have the right to cancel your contract at any time, for any reason. Simply inform us in writing and your agreement with Xlibris will be terminated.


Are there any fees to discontinue my Xlibris editions?

There are no fees to discontinue the Xlibris edition of your book.


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.


What protection do I have that my information will be kept private?

Xlibris respects your right to the privacy of the personal information you provide us on our website. To that end, unless we state otherwise, at the time information is collected, or within our Privacy Policy any personal information you provide to Xlibris will be known only to two parties: you and Xlibris. The following policy is intended to explain how your personal information will be treated as you make use of our site and its features. Personal information includes your name, street, and email addresses, billing information, click-through activity, and any other personal information you may provide. Feel free to read more about the Xlibris Privacy Policy.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the Xlibris privacy policies and use of personal information, please send them to


Reliable and Credible: Why Authors Work with Xlibris

From our start in a basement office to the present day, we’ve always taken what we do very seriously. Please contact us at 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK) if you have any concerns about our services, and we’ll gladly and comprehensively answer your questions.

Xlibris’ Long-Term and Dependable Services
We have been helping writers become published authors since 1997. We’ve published more than 75,000 titles by over 50,000 authors, and these numbers are growing each and every day. Xlibris is also a BBB-accredited business. If you have any questions, please contact us at 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK).

Our authors often raise questions about how royalties work, and we’re more than happy to answer those questions. Please visit our FAQ page or contact us at 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK) to know more about your royalties.

Sales Figures and Reporting
We also receive many questions about our authors’ sales. You may visit our FAQ page or contact us at 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK) to learn more about sales figures and reporting.


MyXlibris/Author Center

What is MyXlibris?

When you publish with Xlibris, you can submit a unique username and password to access the My Xlibris website. This website is linked to the Xlibris homepage and is your interactive portal to all information about your book. You can check the progress of your book's production, and once published you can use your My Xlibris account to check your book sales and royalties, change your author biography on the Xlibris online bookstore and learn about specials only available to Xlibris authors.


Author Learning Center

What is the Author Learning Center?

The Author Learning Center (ALC) is an online education resource designed to help authors succeed in writing, publishing and marketing their book projects. One of the publishing industry's largest collections of content, the ALC offers guidance to enhance writing style, help writers set deadlines and goals—and stick with them to the end—guide writers toward book completion, expedite the publishing process and plan effective marketing. Until now, the path from writer to author has been a complicated—and often frustrating—affair. The ALC can help writers reach their publishing goal through education, motivation and inspiration.


What are the benefits of the ALC?

  • Education tools in multiple formats: Our growing library of content means authors choose the type of material that fits their learning style, whether they prefer to read articles, watch videos, attend webinars and workshops or interact with other learners.
  • Social community of peers: You gain access to a social community of peers, the Author's Circle, to provide feedback and support
  • Accessible 24/7: Online access means you can learn at your convenience.
  • Access to industry experts and professional authors: Can join the conversation and learn directly from the pros during live online webinars or by viewing our unique "Ask the Expert" and "Ask the Author" segments.


How often is the content on the ALC updated?

Fresh content is added weekly.


Who are the ALC experts?

  • Traditional and self-published authors
  • Literary Publishers
  • Editors
  • Literary Planners
  • Marketing Brand Managers
  • Experienced Literary Marketing Executives


How can I become an ALC expert?

If you are an expert in writing, publishing, and/or marketing, you may e-mail us at to learn more about becoming one of our experts.


What is the “Author’s Space” on the ALC website?

The Author's Space is your personal homepage on the ALC website where you can manage the following tasks:

  • Keep track of all of your books in progress, including at-a-glance updates of any writing, publishing and marketing learning resources.
  • Customise your Author's Space with a photo and brief biography.
  • Organize your personal list of ALC resources. The key section of the Author's Space is the Author Development area, a portal to a library of educational content. The ALC recommends the type of materials you may find useful, based on where you are in your author journey, as well as previous searches.
  • Flag favourites in My Resources


What is the “Book Launch Tool” on the ALC website?

Because accountability is one of the keys to achieving any goal, you will be asked to set a date for your publishing goal when you first visit the ALC. Every time you visit the ALC, you will have gentle reminders of each upcoming deadline in your book writing journey. This will help you keep track of your progress and make sure you are on track to meet your deadline.


What is the “Author’s Circle” on the ALC website?

The Author's Circle is a mentoring resource with the following features:

  • Specially invited guests can review and comment on work-in-progress or simply offer encouragement to help you reach publishing goals.
  • Each book has its own Author's Circle.
  • Each Circle can have up to seven members.
  • You are in control of who gets invited to join your Circle(s), and in turn may be invited to help mentor other authors by joining their Circles.


What topics are covered on the ALC?

The topics covered on the ALC are writing, publishing and marketing.


In what formats are the educational resources delivered?

  • Videos featuring industry experts, which fall into two categories:
    • Ask the Expert: An up close and personal seat with publishing industry experts as they share industry secrets and advice.
    • Ask the Author: Lets writers peer into the minds of established authors looking to share their expertise.
  • Podcasts available for download
  • Webinars, both live and on demand
  • Interviews
  • Articles


Who should I contact if I’m having issues logging into my ALC account?

You can contact an ALC representative in the following ways:

Phone: 866-697-5312

Postal Address:
Author Learning Center
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403


Why do I have to give my credit card number?

Entry of your credit card number is required in order to complete the registration on ALC.


Book Production

What is a “standard page” for data entry?

The cost for data entry of £2.00 per page is based on a standard letter sized page typed in a standard 12 pt. font and double-spaced.


What do you mean by "template"?

Templates are "patterns" into which we place your manuscript and images. Each template offers you a unique design, so you can choose the one you like best. Templates allow us to create your book quickly and with highly reliable quality assurance. If you opt for the Advantage, Basic or Professional services, you will be asked to select from our range of interior templates. If you choose the Custom, Premium, Executive or Platinum packages, you are more than welcome to base your design on one of our many templates, or provide your own design and formatting ideas.


How should I format my text?

To facilitate the smooth flow of the submissions and publishing process, please try to comply with the following formatting requirements for your manuscript:

  • Submit the manuscript as a single word processing file, preferably Microsoft Word or in Rich Text Format (RTF).
  • Write the following summaries using your word processing programme and save them as a single file, separate from your manuscript but on the same floppy disk:
    • Author's Cover Bio: 100 words max. A short, one-paragraph description of yourself that will appear on the back cover of your book.
    • Book Summary: 100 words max. A short, one-paragraph description of your book that appears on the back cover of your book and with your book listing on the Xlibris website.

    • Author Biography: 2,000 words max. A longer description of yourself or a message to your readers. It will appear on the author biography page that readers view when they click on your name within the Xlibris website
    • Book Description: 2,000 words max. A longer description of your book that appears on your book's page on the Xlibris website.
  • If the text is too large to fit on a disk, split the file into two parts and send two clearly labelled disks. Please use a PC-formatted CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Memory Stick, Zip disk or 3.5-inch floppy disk.
  • Label the disk with your name, telephone number, and the title of your book. Please pack your disks inside protective wrapping or a disk mailer to ensure that they will arrive in usable condition, and please make sure you retain a back-up copy of your manuscript.


What should I avoid if I am formatting my own work?

Xlibris can do all the required formatting for you. If you insist that you would like to do it yourself, please avoid the following:

  • Columns in your text. Xlibris offers a professional and standard book layout. If you insert columns in your work, you risk corrupting the layout of your book's text
  • Underlined text. Where possible, replace underlined text with italicised text.
  • Footnotes. If you need to cite your work, use in-text citations or endnotes (at the end of chapters or at the end of the entire text).
  • Pictures inserted into your manuscript file.
  • Wingdings, symbolic bullets or characters unavailable within the normal character set (this includes symbols of any kind). If you want to bullet any part of your text, do so with standard bullets.
  • Traditional manuscript format (i.e., your name and the page number on every page).

If you have any questions about these requirements, please don't hesitate to contact an Xlibris Associate on 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK).


May I supply my own cover?

Of course. If you have already designed a cover for your book, we are more than happy to adopt your design. This feature is included in all the publishing packages.


What kind of binding do you use?

Xlibris books use perfect binding.


What is your average turnaround time for a paperback book? Hardback book?

Once we receive your order, it normally takes 10-15 business days to print and bind a paperback book. For hardbacks, they normally take 15-20 business days.


Graphics and Illustrations

What is a graphic?

A graphic is any element in your book such as a picture, a chart or an illustration of any kind. It can be reproduced in greyscale or full colour depending on your publishing package.


Why am I required to complete a Custom Illustration Submissions Form (CISF)?

A Custom Illustration Submissions Form (CISF) is essential for the Xlibris Illustration Design Team to effectively manage your Custom Illustration project. One of the advantages of self-publishing is that you maintain total control of the content of your book—you are the owner and the director. And as such, it is your responsibility to supply us with the ideas and concepts for your illustrations. No one knows your story and its characters and settings better than you do. If you have questions about the CISF, please contact your Illustrations Coordinator for assistance.


What happens during the illustration process?

1. Once we receive your completed CISF form, the Illustrations Coordinator reviews it and assigns an artist who best fits your project.

2. Within two to three weeks, you will receive copies of the initial sketches for your review. (This is the best time to make revisions to your illustrations.)

3. If you request revisions to sketches, your project will be put back into queue in the order it was received and will take two weeks for completion. (You are limited to 1 round of complimentary revisions at the sketch stage.)

4. Sketch revisions are limited, depending on the complexity and time required to make such changes. For example, changing the length of a character's hair or adding or deleting a character or item in a scene constitutes a reasonable sketch revision. However, starting over with a completely new concept is not considered a sketch revision; it is considered a brand-new illustration, and you will incur charges to completely create an entirely new sketch.

5. Once we receive your approval to go to final art, it will take approximately four weeks to complete your final illustrations.

6. You will receive copies of your completed illustrations for review. You will be required to sign an Illustration Approval Form before your book moves on to production. (You are limited to one round of complimentary colour revisions at the final art stage.)

7. At this stage, if you want to make revisions to the final art beyond colour modifications, you will incur additional charges to make those changes, or you may be required to purchase a completely new illustration. We reserve the right to make that determination based on your requested changes.


How long will it take to complete my illustrations?

On average, we will complete your illustration project in 6 to 12 weeks. However, more time may be needed as deemed necessary by the artist, and/or you, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Creating custom artwork is something that cannot be rushed, and we want to ensure that the product is of the highest quality for your book.

Please note that the illustration process is separate from the production process of your book’s interior and cover. The book production stage will begin once your illustrations have been completed and approved.

If you have other questions, please contact our Customer Service hotline on 0800 056 3182 (or +44 20 3014 4095 if calling from outside the UK) and look for your Illustrations Coordinator or e-mail us at


Do I get to talk with my illustrator?

Your Illustrations Coordinator handles all communication surrounding your illustration project and acts as a liaison between you and your illustrator. By speaking to your coordinator, your illustrator is able to complete your project on time and stick to what he or she does best—creating beautiful pieces of art for your book.


Will my illustrator read my manuscript?

Illustrators need to have a clear understanding of your manuscript in order to create your artwork. The most effective way to communicate your book’s story and message is for you to highlight or pull excerpts from your manuscript for the illustrator to use as a resource for creating the art.


How should I submit my graphics?

You may submit hard copy / original images or digital images. Xlibris supports supplied hard copy images up to 12" x 17", including original images on paper (original art such as watercolours, line art using ink etc.) and photographs. If you are submitting digital images, please read the following formatting requirements.

  • Images are saved preferably as either TIFF or JPEG files, in CMYK color mode.
  • To ensure quality reproduction, all graphics and/or images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi and be in actual size.
  • Save all image files as separate files. Please do not embed or paste images in your manuscript.
  • Provide as a separate file the instructions on where the images will be placed in the manuscript.
  • Please make sure you use the right file name for easy reference.
  • Please indicate directly in your manuscript where the images should be placed (e.g. text, text text, text). Please make sure you use the right file name for easy reference.
  • Aside from the interior images, you have the option to submit the following:
    • Cover Image - to be placed on the front cover of the book.
    • Cover Design - photo or illustration file for your book cover
    • Author Image - to be placed on the back cover of the book.


How should I include tables in my manuscript?

Using Microsoft Word: Create your tables, if any, in Microsoft Word and keep them in your manuscript.

Using Microsoft Excel: If you have tables created in Excel, do not embed them in the document, but save each of them individually. Name and number the table files consistently, such as table1, table2, etc. Indicate in the manuscript where each table is to be placed, for example: [Insert table1].


How do I submit or communicate my illustration revisions?

All changes to illustrations must be submitted in writing. We accept written changes through e-mail, fax, or postal mail. These should be sent directly to your Illustrations Coordinator.
Should you have any revisions or changes related to the illustration service that you purchased, please note that you will incur addtional charges/costs.


The Manuscript-Publishing Process

What is the difference between Black & White and Full Colour Publishing services?

Xlibris offers two types of publishing services.

The Black & white Book Publishing service is perfect for fiction tales, non-fiction books, memoirs, poetry or almost anything you can envision. Xlibris' Black & White Publishing services feature a full colour cover, greyscale interior and perfect binding. Available formats are bookstore quality paperbacks, hardbacks and custom-made leather bound tomes.

The full colour Book Publishing service is great for children's books to cookbooks, family photo albums to corporate materials, graphic novels to catalogues—the possibilities are limitless. Featuring a full colour cover and interior, Xlibris' full colour Packages enable you to share your story in dazzling colour and really bring your tale to life.


How many copies of my book will be published?

Each publishing package also has a number of copies included. Please check your particular package to see how many copies you will be receiving. After publication, we will print as many books as are ordered by individuals and bookstores. We do not charge you for these books and you earn royalties on each copy purchase by your audience. You can also order books for yourself at a heavily discounted rate.


Do I have to buy any copies of my book?

No. You are under no obligation to purchase any copies of your book. You simply have to tell your audience where to purchase their copy through marketing and publicity efforts. If you would like to purchase copies for yourself, friends, family, or to sell yourself, you are entitled to a deep author discount, which ranges from 30% to 60%.


Where does Xlibris print my work?

Xlibris is pleased to announce the establishment of an in-house printing facility. With the latest in print-on-demand technology, we stand by our book production and are the standard-bearer for quality in the print-on-demand publishing industry.

For books that are ordered through the distribution channel, Lightning Source Incorporated prints and ships them directly from their printing house.


What printing technology does Xlibris use?

Xlibris uses the latest in digital print-on-demand technology for both black and white and full colour books. Our black and white published books are printed using digipress technology, while for our full colour books we use NexPress digital production colour press, which is a special dry-ink digital printing device. Unique among digital colour platforms, the NexPress features a five-colour (pentachrome), LED based dry toner, digital offset electrophotographic perfecting engine and boasts a customer-configurability that allows for coating, glossing and gamut expansion, providing numerous options.


Will my book have an ISBN?

Yes, your book will be assigned the International Standard Book Numbers required by book sales channels to track and order your books. In addition, Xlibris will place a machine-readable Bookland/EAN barcode on your book's cover.


Can I revise my book once it is published?

Definitely. Because your book exists electronically, you can change or update your content even after it has been published. So if new information comes to light or certain details change, you can make sure that your published book is kept up-to-date. Post-publication revision services are £249 for a Black & White published book and £299 for full colour published books.


How does the book publishing process work?

Throughout the Xlibris author-centred publishing process, you collaborate with your personal Xlibris Author Service Representative to ensure that your vision is translated into book format. Our Author Service Representatives provide advice and support while allowing you to maintain creative control over your book. You decide what is best for the project, and we can design the book around your ideas.

Once we have received all of your materials, we learn about your vision for the project before we begin to work on your book. To fully understand your ideas, you are able to speak directly with an interior and cover designer. After reviewing your manuscript, we will collaborate with you to choose the most attractive and readable design template or custom design for your work. We will then design your book and send you an interior galley and cover proof to review.

As soon as you return the galley to us, we'll make any revisions you request and, if necessary, send you a second galley. This process will continue until you approve all the content and layout within your book and on your book cover. Once you have approved the galley and cover, we'll send you an Author Copy, which will reflect what your published book will look like.

Your book is maintained as an electronic file with Xlibris, and we are able to fulfil orders ranging from a single book to tens of thousands of copies as they are received. Because it is a digital file, your book will never go out of print, and you can make revisions to it at any time.


Production Timeline

How long does it take you to publish a book?

The time required depends on the shape the manuscript is in when we receive it, the types of services you purchase, and on the length of time you take to review the proofs. The entire publishing process usually takes between 90 t0 120 days once we receive your complete submission.


What is the average timeline for the publishing process?

Once we receive your complete submission, the entire publishing process will take around three to four months to finish. This is, however, also dependent on how long it will take you to review the galley proofs and the number of corrections you make.

  • Submission
    We will contact you within 2 business days from the time you sign up for a publishing package and send in your signed agreement form. We will talk to you about the needed materials and the publication requirements to ensure a smooth submission process. Once we receive your submission materials, we will review them to make sure that they are ready for production. This review will span 2 business days.

  • Initial Production
    Once your book enters production, you can expect the interior layout and cover design files within 10 business days.

  • Author Review of E-proofs
    You will receive e-proofs of your book’s interior layout and cover design before we proceed with publication. You will review them and make corrections, if there are any (read about Author Alterations). This process takes roughly 3-5 business days per set of corrections, depending on the number of corrections. Once your review the e-proofs and the corrections are fixed, you can make your book available for sale by signing the Release Form.

  • Release of Your Book in the Market
    Once we receive your signed Release Form, your book information will be uploaded to the Xlibris bookstore in less than 24 hours, and your book will then be available for ordering. However, your book’s avail
    ability in other online retailers will take an average of 60 to 90 days, depending on the channel.
  • Author Copy Stage
    Once we receive the Release Form, we will provide you a printed, bound Author Copy (1 paperback copy and 1 hardback copy, if applicable). With this, you can verify the actual and final print version of your book. The printing of the Author Copies will generally take 2 to 3 weeks.

  • Author Free Copies Stage (if applicable)
    After we send you your Author Copy, your Book Consultant will contact you to confirm your receipt of the book and to verify if it is of good quality. Your Book Consultant will also confirm if we should proceed with printing the free copies that comes with your publishing package, as well as process book orders in case you want to have additional copies of your book at a discounted rate.