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General Information FAQ

What is Balboa Press?
Why should I choose Balboa Press over other book publishers?
Will I retain the rights to my work if I publish with Balboa Press?
What is the difference between self-publishing, digital publishing and traditional publishing?
Who handles the ISBN?
Can I publish my book with Balboa Press and another publisher, too?
Can I submit multiple manuscripts to Balboa Press?
How much does it cost to publish with Balboa Press?
Can I publish a non-English book with Balboa Press?
Can Balboa Press publish my book if I live outside of Australia?
Does Balboa Press edit my book?
Will Balboa Press promote my book?
Who will be able to purchase my book?
What are the advantages of POD (Print-On-Demand)?
How does the royalty work?
Who is my assigned publishing consultant? How can I find their contact information?
What types of books are ineligible for a Library of Congress Control Number?
How can I get in touch with Balboa Press if I have questions that are not in the FAQ database?
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What is Balboa Press?

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House Inc., is a self-publishing company specialising in self-help books with a positive message. Offering a full suite of publishing, design and marketing services, we are committed to empowering more authors to publish books that will in turn help others and our planet Earth.

Balboa Press authors publish books on a wide range of topics, concentrating in self-help and transformational themes, including the following: astrology, alternative health, angels, pet care, finance, nutrition, parenting, psychology, sociology, meditation, spirituality, numerology, colour therapy, feng shui, business, autobiographies, social commentary, memoirs and more.

We offer custom design, topnotch editorial services and powerful marketing tools, giving you the flexibility to choose a publishing package that fits your needs. We are committed to delivering exactly what authors desire – control over the final product.

We understand the need for security and vow to protect your personal information, copyright-protected materials and privacy. Please review our Privacy Policy for details.

If you have ever dreamt of publishing your own book, we can help! Welcome to Balboa Press.

 

 

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Why should I choose Balboa Press over other book publishers?

Self-publishing can be a rewarding, but daunting undertaking. At Balboa Press, you have the freedom to direct your path, but you are not left to figure everything out for yourself. By choosing to publish with Balboa Press, you'll have industry-professionals on your side providing continual support and assistance throughout the entire publishing process.

Balboa Press offers by far the easiest, fastest and most dynamic publishing experience. Our team of experts will guide you step-by-step through the process until your manuscript is a complete, published book. The steps to publishing through Balboa Press are quick and easy. From selecting a package, submitting your materials, approving the formatted interior and cover design, you'll be surprised at how easy self-publishing can be. The flexibility of the design elements, choices and optional additional services offer a dynamic experience that is a perfect fit for many different types of authors. Since we understand the importance of customer support, we also have a support team standing by to lend a hand if you need help during the process.

As a division of Hay House, Balboa Press titles are monitored regularly by the parent company. Hay House is one of the fastest-growing self-help and transformational publishers in the world and hopes to find through Balboa Press new inspiring authors that display their potential to add to their catalogue.

While Balboa Press is a self-publishing company, there's no need for authors to rely solely on their own knowledge or skill set to get published. The experience and connections provided through Balboa Press give authors everything they need to create and publish their books while allowing the author to maintain control of the content.

Our books are printed using Print-on-Demand technology so we print each book to order. Not only is this method of printing mindful of our planet because no books go to waste, but it is mindful of our authors too. As an author, you are never required to shoulder the cost and hassle of printing, storing and transporting large quantities of your book. When a book is ordered by a reader, a retailer or the author, it is printed and dispatched in a matter of days.

Once published, your book will be available for purchase through our online bookstore on the Balboa Press Web site. Plus, you'll get an ISBN and channel distribution in Australia, as well as in the United States, which means your book will be available to anyone in the Ingram Book Network, the largest wholesale distribution network in the world. We work with two of the leading online book sellers, Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com, to ensure your book is available for purchase to a worldwide audience online. In addition, your book will be made available at these retailers in Australia: BooktopiaAngus & RobertsonBorders and Fishpond.

Using Print-on-Demand technology, our printer can supply an infinite number of copies of your book. No matter the size of the order, books are conveniently printed whenever an order is placed, so you never have to deal with up front printing costs or storing books that you don't need.

We have helped serious writers, recreational writers, poets, cooks, parents, artists, business professionals, students and more turn their manuscripts and works into published books. We are confident we can help you, too.

 

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Will I retain the rights to my work if I publish with Balboa Press?

Yes. The rights to your work are yours throughout and after our entire publishing process. We never buy your rights from you. Our non-exclusive contract allows you to continue exploring other publishing avenues while still working with us.

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What is the difference between self-publishing, digital publishing and traditional publishing?

Self-publishing allows the author to remain in complete control over the finished product because the author decides what text, images, fonts, editorial changes, etc. are made to the book. Also with self-publishing, the author retains the rights to his/her manuscript, the timeline from start to finish is much quicker, royalties and book prices are set by the author, no agents are needed and the author has access to additional services he/she may choose to purchase.

Digital publishing is book publishing that is only done electronically. There are no hard copies printed for books that are digitally published. Instead, books are uploaded and published online. Readers pay to download digital copies of books onto portable, wireless readers or their personal computers.

Typically in traditional publishing, an author’s agent will submit a manuscript to a publishing house for publication. If a publishing house likes the manuscript or portion of the manuscript they see they will pay the author an advance and buy the rights to the manuscript. Then, the publishing house will have full control over changes in the book and the cover design. Once the book is published the author will receive royalties from any books sold.

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Who handles the ISBN?

An ISBN for your work is registered under Balboa Press and is included with each Balboa Press publishing package. The ISBN will be inserted on the copyright page and on the back cover of the book with the barcode. The barcode is a digital image sellers can scan to identify the ISBN. Visit www.isbn.org for more detailed information about ISBN.

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Can I publish my book with Balboa Press and another publisher, too?

Yes. We have non-exclusive agreements with our authors, so the rights to your book remain yours. You are welcome to publish your book with another publisher, contact a film production company and sell your rights to them, or explore other opportunities. These guidelines also apply if you want to publish your book with another company in the future. However, you cannot use the book files we create to print the book exactly as it is with another publisher.

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Can I submit multiple manuscripts to Balboa Press?

We have no limit on how many manuscripts you can submit and publish with us. However, keep in mind that you are responsible to pay for a package and services for each manuscript so cost may be your only restriction.

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How much does it cost to publish with Balboa Press?

The cost of your entire self-publishing experience depends on which package you choose and if you add any additional services to your package. We offer plenty of combinations that allow you to choose the tariff that best fit your needs. View all of our publishing packages.

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Can I publish a non-English book with Balboa Press?

Yes. Balboa Press can print non-English books if there is a supporting font for the language the book will be printed in. Our allowable font list will tell you if the font you desire to use is available.

Apple doesn’t support the following foreign languages in e-books (e-books written in these languages won’t be available via the iBooks Store):

Amharic
Arabic
Burmese
Central Khmer
Chinese
Hebrew
Japanese
Judeo-Arabic
Judeo-Persian
Lao
Mon-Khmer languages
Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE)
Imperial Aramaic (700-300 BCE)
Persian
Persian, Old
Samaritan Aramaic

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Can Balboa Press publish my book if I live outside of Australia?

Yes. Authors all over the globe can publish with Balboa Press. There are Balboa Press divisions in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. We currently have world-wide distribution and printer partners in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Does Balboa Press edit my book?

Not all of our publishing packages include editing; however, we believe that editing is an important step for authors looking to achieve commercial success for their books. We do offer a full range of editorial services, which we encourage our authors to review based on their specific needs.

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Will Balboa Press promote my book?

The Balboa Press online Bookstore lists all of our published titles as part of your package purchase. Review all our packages to learn about other marketing opportunities included in each package. We offer additional promotional services that may help you meet the marketing goals you have for your book. Visit our Services page to learn more and purchase any marketing services you need.

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Who will be able to purchase my book?

Once it is published, your book will have a global audience because it will be listed in our online Bookstore. Additionally, retailers such as Amazon.com will list your book for sale through their online bookstores, and many bookstores will have the ability to order your book for their stores.

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What are the advantages of POD (Print-On-Demand)?

Here are some specific advantages of using POD:

  • Earth-friendly
  • Easy and cost-effective to produce books as they are ordered, either one at a time or in large numbers.
  • Unlike a traditional printer which can only print a large number of books at one time, POD is an “as needed” printer
  • No wasted books
  • No need to store a large inventory of books
  • A book can be available for an extended period of time, instead of the book being "out of print" after one print run.

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How does the royalty work?

Royalties are based on the payments we actually receive from the sale of printed or electronic (e-book) copies of your book, minus any dispatching and handling charges or sales and use taxes. Also, we offer discounts to retail and wholesale customers, so the royalty amount you receive depends on what type of customer bought your book and any discount they received. Retail discounts range between 36 and 55 percent.

Here's an example of a common sales transaction:
The cover tariff (list tariff) for your book is $17.95. Your Balboa Press royalty rate is 50 percent. A retailer places an order for your book through Ingram Book Company, a wholesaler. Ingram, in turn, purchases your book from Balboa Press at a 48 percent discount (our standard discount to wholesalers). Ingram then resells the book to the retailer. Your royalty on this sale of your soft cover book will be calculated as follows:

Retail Sale Example:

$17.95 (SRP "Suggested Retail Tariff")
- $8.62 (48% Retail Discount)
= $9.33 (Net Retail Discount) 
-  $4.97 (COGS "Cost of Goods Sold")  
= $4.36 (Net COGS)
x  50% (Royalty Rate) 
=  $2.18 (Royalty Earned from a retail sale)

Web Sale Example:

$17.95 (SRP "Suggested Retail Tariff")
- $4.97 (COGS "Cost of Goods Sold")
= $12.98 (Net COGS)
x  50% (Royalty Rate)
= $6.49 (Royalty Earned from a web sale)

You should be aware that the largest retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, place orders for Balboa Press titles through Ingram; those orders will appear as wholesale sales on your royalty statement.

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Who is my assigned publishing consultant? How can I find their contact information?

When you purchase a package we will assign you a publishing consultant. If you would like to order a package and get connected with your publishing consultant please call us at 1800 050 315. If you have already been assigned your publishing consultant, but are unsure of his or her contact information (name, phone number, e-mail address, etc.) please call us at 1800 050 315 and we can access your account and provide you with the correct information.  

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What types of books are ineligible for a Library of Congress Control Number?

The Library of Congress sets strict guidelines about which books may receive a Library of Congress Control Number.
The following types of books are ineligible for Library of Congress Control Numbers:

  • Books which do not list a U.S. city as place of publication on the title page or copyright page
  • E-Books (i.e. books published in electronic format)
  • Serials
  • Custom editions
  • Items under 50 pages with the exception of genealogies and children's literature and catalog exhibitions submitted by museums and art galleries
  • Textbooks below the college level
  • Items not intended for wide distribution to libraries
  • Religious instructional materials
  • Expendable educational materials
  • Translations except Spanish
  • Music scores
  • Crossword puzzle books

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How can I get in touch with Balboa Press if I have questions that are not in the FAQ database?

Please contact our Customer Support team by calling us at 1800 050 315 or visit our Contact Us page to submit your question.

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