How are Hardcover books different from Trade Paperback books?
Our hardcover books feature a durable cloth binding, an embossed spine and a full color dust jacket. The additional space provided by the interior of the dust jacket allows us to print a synopsis of your book and your author biography on the inside flaps, while the back cover will display your marketing copy or reviews.
The price of hardcover books is generally priced $10 more than trade paperback to cover the additional costs of production, thereby adding to higher author royalties.
What are the page length requirements for hardcover books?
Hardcover books have a higher page length requirement than trade paperback books. The hardcover format requires a minimum of 104 pages in the final printed format. This equates to 34,000 words in manuscript format (e.g. Microsoft Word or WordPerfect document).
Can I include pictures or drawings in my book?
Yes. Please note that graphics in the book must be black-and-white (also referred to as "grayscale"), high-resolution (300 dots per inch), and embedded in the manuscript. This must be set in place by the author.
Please note: books published via our Basic publishing package do not include graphics inside the book.
How should I submit my preferred cover graphics?
Please do not embed cover graphics in a file, instead, you should submit a separate electronic image. Cover graphics must be in TIFF (.tif) file format, CMYK color space, 300 dpi resolution, and matching the dimension of the final trim size, plus an 1/8" bleed on the top, right and bottom sides. i.e.: a cover for a 6×9" book would need to be submitted at 6.125×9.25".
Do I own the rights to my book or do you, the publisher?
The author retains the rights to all of his or her book. By utilizing Claddagh Ltd., you are simply granting us a non-exclusive license to publish and distribute the work for you.
What is a "copyright?"
"Copyright" is a form of protection given to authors or creators of “original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works. Copyright law is grounded in the U.S. Constitution and is embodied in federal laws enacted by Congress. Copyright gives you, the author, the sole right to make copies of your work, distribute copies of your work, perform your work publicly, or make derivative works (like adaptations or excerpts.) Your work is immediately and automatically copyrighted as soon as you “fix it in a tangible form”. That tangible form might be a printed manuscript, but computer disks (or even your computer hard drive) would also be considered tangible forms.
Do I own rights to the cover of my book?
If Claddagh Ltd. Publishing House creates the cover based on your suggestions or a “mock-up”, then Claddagh Ltd. Publishing House owns the rights to the cover.
If you have submitted a piece of cover art and have Claddagh Ltd. finish out the cover, you retain the rights to the art you have submitted, but Claddagh Ltd. retains the rights to the completed cover. For example, you include an original photograph to be used on your book cover - you own the rights to your photo, but Claddagh Ltd. owns the rights to the completed cover design.
If you have submitted a completed cover, you retain the rights to that cover.
Do I need to have an agent?
No. An agent is not needed for authors signing with Claddagh Ltd.
Who does my marketing?
That is entirely up to you. You may decide to market your book yourself, or hire a marketing company. The choice is entirely yours.
Does Claddagh Ltd. Publishing House do any marketing?
Yes. First of all, we provide you with distribution services, which is included in your manuscript package. Secondly, we offer a variety of author services. Please click on the author services link or contact your editor.