Frequently Asked Questions
The TAUK Team is committed to guiding you through the publishing journey every step of the way. Our personal guidance saves many an independent author time, frustration and more crucially… mistakes!
Here are some of the main queries we receive.
What is KDP?
Amazon developed a platform called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) so authors could publish their work free of charge. Your KDP account is linked to your Amazon account, but it has a separate login page. This is where all the details of your book(s) will be listed, your files uploaded, your pricing set and much more. There is a reports section to give you information on book sales in different countries and royalties earned. Paperback and e-books are uploaded to Amazon through KDP. TAUK Publishing provides this as a standard service for our authors.
What are ISBN Numbers?
What is Nielsen's Title Editor?
Do you publish e-books?
What other services do you offer?
There are core services that every successful book requires. Our preferred partners are carefully selected for their talent and expertise, and we have worked with them on many books over the years. Through our team, we can offer a variety of optional services in publication and marketing. We provide a detailed quote on our core packages as well as each of the additional services you are interested in. Please view the Publish With Us section on the website.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a law that gives the owner of a piece of work such as your book the right to say how people can use it. It protects authors from people copying their work without permission. Infringing copyright is a serious offence. There is a standard copyright statement at the front of each book that TAUK Publishing will supply for you.
How do I price my book?
What countries will my book be available on Amazon?
Your book is uploaded to Amazon/KDP in the UK, which is your primary marketplace. It will also automatically be available in several countries in the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan and priced in their currency.
What size will my book be?
How long will it take to publish my book?
This can vary from title to title as no two books are the same. However, when you receive your quote, we will advise an approximate date for publication. Typically, a book takes 3 to 4 months from start to finish. If your book has many illustrations (EG. a children’s picture book), it can take longer.
Can I get a copy of my book before it goes on sale?
You can order a printed ‘proof’ copy once your book has been uploaded and passed the initial review process by KDP. This adds time to the publishing process as it can take 5 or more days for you to receive your proof copy. Authors have the opportunity to proof a digital copy – which is much quicker. It is your choice.
What is POD?
This stands for ‘print-on-demand’. When your book is published to Amazon’s platforms, you do not need to hold an inventory. When a person purchases a book from Amazon, it is printed and shipped directly. There is no direct cost to you for this service. (see ‘royalties’)
How can I get author copies of my book?
Is my book only available through Amazon?
What is Ingram Spark and can I use this as well as or instead of Amazon?
Can my book be on the shelves in bookstores?
First, it is critical that you use an ISBN number from Nielsen’s Agency (see separate point). You can source a ‘free’ ISBN number, but it has limitations that you need to be aware of. Local independent bookshops are often willing to stock your book on their shelves, but it is difficult to get national exposure in mainstream bookshops as a new author. This is a complex issue and TAUK Publishing can explain the process in greater detail if required.
How do I get paid royalties?
When you set up your Amazon/KDP account for the first time, you will enter your bank account details. This is where KDP will pay your royalties for books sold each month. You are paid approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the sale was reported.
How are royalties calculated?
What is Author Central?