All-Inclusive

Book Publishing Services

PortableVoices All-Inclusive Publishing Program is the premier professional self-publishing program for people who have a completed manuscript.

You’ll receive the best publishing services available, to ensure your book has the reach and impact it deserves.

This service is designed for aspiring authors, and other professionals who want to publish a high-level professional book.

Custom

Custom Payment Plan.

You get a professional writer and a customized process to fit your needs.

What You Get

Our All-Inclusive Publishing Services gives you everything you need to get from a finished manuscript to a professionally published book.

FULL MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION

The evaluation includes a full read by an editor, who then writes you an overview of the manuscript’s strengths and areas of concern. You’ll know what steps to take to ready your manuscript for publishing.

LINE EDITING

We ensure that the language you’ve used in your book is as polished and professional as it can be, and meets industry standards.

BOOK COVER DESIGN

Our designers are quite literally some of the best in the world.

DISTRIBUTION AND ROYALTY SETUP

PortableVoices Publishing team will set up all your distributor and retailer accounts in your name on all major platforms, including Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. This means you will own all your own content and royalties.

EBOOK CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION

Your eBook/Kindle will be available on all major eBook retailers (Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com). eBooks include all relevant copy tailored to each retailer, including samples, screenshots, and keywords.

PAPERBACK DISTRIBUTION

PortableVoices will ensure your book will be available in paperback print-on-demand format, distributed through both Amazon’s KDP platform which assures that your book is available for purchase worldwide.

OPTIONAL HARDCOVER PRINTING & MANAGEMENT

You have the option, at no additional charge, to have a hardcover as well. We will design and lay out the hardcover, and manage all printing and distribution.

COPYRIGHTING AND CATALOGING

Once complete, your manuscript will be registered with Kenya Library Services and will be assigned all ISBN, bar, and BISAC codes necessary for retail distribution.

AUTHOR PHOTO

A great author photo is a powerful tool. We can recommend a professional photographer to take your headshot. If you already have excellent professional photos, we will happily use them instead.

AUTHOR MARKETING MATERIALS

Our copywriting pros will craft an engaging author bio and book description to ensure your book is interesting and appealing to your ideal readers.

GRAPHIC INCLUSION

We can include up to 25 graphics in your manuscript, which you provide us. Additional graphics can be added for an extra cost.

MARKETING STRATEGY

Your Marketing Strategist will get on the phone with you to review our First Week Promotions plan for your book and review your marketing options.

DIGITAL LAUNCH TOOLKIT

In addition to your First Week Promotions, you will receive a Digital Launch toolkit. This toolkit includes:

  • Book Landing Page
  • Email campaign created for your target audience
  • Full Media Kit

BOOK LAUNCH AND PROMOTION

  • First week promotion
  • Complete strategy and templates to secure early reviews
  • A full set of social media posts and graphics for launch week
  • A scheduled podcast interview on you and your book
  • A published excerpt from your book released during launch week
  • Strategy and templates for you to leverage your network
  • Consultation with our Author Marketing team to develop a custom plan for your launch and beyond

AUDIOBOOK CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION

We will also create an audiobook using a professional voice actor and top of the line studio production. We will handle all setup and distribution of the audiobook.

FULL OWNERSHIP OF ALL RIGHTS AND ROYALTIES

We will set up all your distributor and retailer accounts in your name. This means you will own all your own intellectual property, rights, and royalties.

How the PortableVoices Publishing Process Works

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I own all the rights to my book?

Yes. You own the copyright and all print and reproduction rights. You can do anything you want with your book.

What marketing comes with PortableVoices All-Inclusive Publishing package?

There are three goals of the marketing that’s included in the PortableVoices All-Inclusive Publishing package.

We will manage the logistics to run a Campaign that focuses on maximizing early sales, reviews, and rankings, all to build the foundation of early credibility for your book’s long term success.

We will also support you in promoting the book to your connections by creating social media graphics for the book, crafting a book announcement email, gifting free copies to your friends and family, and creating a strategy for you to get the support of influencers who you know.

By the end of the first week of your book release, your book should have a burst of early sales, a baseline of reviews, awareness among your network, and you should have a plan for how to continue to leverage it going forward.

In addition to your First Week Promotions, you will receive a Digital Launch toolkit that includes a book landing page, an email campaign created for your target audience, and a full media kit.

We do offer other add-on marketing packages as well.

Who designs the book covers? Do I get to give feedback on that?

Your book cover and manuscript interior layout will be designed by professional designers, but you have full creative control.

How much do you charge for copies? Will I be able to order personal copies at a discounted price?

We don’t charge you anything for copies. You get to buy copies at the print cost. At any time after the book is published, you can order copies in any quantities you’d like at this discounted price, direct from the printer (we don’t make money on copies).

Can you get my books into a bookstore?

Yes and no. This is a complicated answer, again because the publishing business is so weird.

Yes, we make your book available for order and sale in bookstores and retail outlets.

No, we do not automatically put your book in bookstores. This is because bookstores carry very few books, reserving their limited space for established authors or books from publishers who are paying for shelf space.

You generally need to sell at least 25,000 copies before bookstores become interested in carrying your book. That’s the bad news. The good news is that being in bookstores doesn’t really matter anymore. A book sitting on a shelf doesn’t sell in most cases. In terms of buyer behavior, most people who shop at bookstores also shop on Amazon or Jumia, so if they don’t see a book at the bookstore, they’ll just go to Amazon or Jumia. In other words, lack of bookstore distribution in and of itself doesn’t necessarily lose you very many sales.

The reality is, for almost all authors, being in a bookstore is purely about ego, and not about actual ROI. We don’t deny that going into a bookstore and seeing your book on the shelf is nice, but having a book in a bookstore does almost nothing in terms of sales or awareness. It is only a status object.

Why don't you take royalties? Doesn't that align our incentives?

No, it actually does the opposite. The best strategy to get a great book for you is to use the service-based model, where we are paid a fee and you own all rights and all royalties.

This is because under a service-based model we get paid for ensuring that your book serves your goals (such as getting speaking gigs or finding clients or creating influence), as opposed to a royalty-based model, where we are incentivized to focus only on selling copies (regardless of whether it serves your goals).

How do royalties work?

You own 100% of the royalties for your book.

Although PortableVoices doesn’t take any share of the book’s profits, there are some costs that don’t go directly in your pocket—namely, Amazon’s fees and printing costs.

For eBooks, Amazon takes 30% of your royalties and you take the other 70%. For paperbacks, Amazon takes 40% of the royalties, the printer gets approximately $3 to print the book, and the rest is yours. If you do hardcover, we’ll explain it all before you make any decisions.

Who is the publisher?

The published work shall bear PortableVoices’ logo on the front or/and back cover. You don’t have to use our imprint as your publisher. We can essentially create a new publishing company for you with any name you like. It’s completely up to you who the named publisher of the book is.

Do I get all the profits from my book?

Yes. We take absolutely no money from the sale of your book, and all accounts are set up in your name and under your ownership.