Who owns the rights to my work once it is published?
The short answer is YOU DO 100%. Apollo is a new kind of publisher, we publish your books and we help you sell them. We make money off everyone that we sell, so we have a stake in your success. There is no long-term contract or commitment and you are free to sell your book anywhere with anyone without pay us royalties. The only stipulation is that if you do leave our service and your book is for sale on our market place we get to continue to sell the book for 12 months after you leave us – we hope that this is not the case
Can I take my book and have it printed or get extra copies printed from my own printer?
Absolutely – we are a publisher not a printer. We work very closely with a low volume printer that we have used many times. You are always free to get your book printed anywhere you want.
If you publish my book will you make me buy a lot of copies?
Apollo Publications will never make you buy a single copy. Many of our packages come with a small amount to get you going but it is not a requirement.
What do I have to do to get my book published?
In short – just submit your manuscript. Every book is different and every author has different needs, many times we work with authors who have never published a book before and don’t even know what questions to ask. That is where we are different. We are here to help.
Why do I want my work to have a registered copyright?
You will be seeing your book via the internet and potentially around the world. And it is true that the law grants you copyright protection automatically upon the creation of your work. Your work need not be completed to be protected! You own the copyright on your work as you create it. No publication, registration, or other action with the U.S. Copyright Office is required to secure a copyright. There are, however, definite advantages to registration. Among these are the following considerations: Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim. Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin. If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate. If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies. The copyright notice, which appears on your published books, should include the name of the copyright owner, the year of first publication, and the word copyright or the symbol ©. When the copyright notice appears, an infringer cannot claim that he or she did not realize the work was protected. You, as author and copyright owner, would be well advised to place a copyright notice on any unpublished copies of your work, or portions thereof, that leave your control. The use of the copyright notice is your responsibility and does not require advance permission from, or registration with, the Copyright Office. Your copyright lasts from the moment of your work’s creation (when it first appears in tangible form) until 70 years after your death. The copyright for a work prepared jointly by two or more authors lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author’s death.
What are BISAC codes and where do I get them?
In short we will provide it for you. BISAC stands for Book Industry Standards and Communications. Sometimes referred to as a "Book Industry Subject and Category" code, BISAC codes are numbers assigned to books to more easily categorize them for retailers, distributors and libraries. When you fill out the Books in Print form, you'll be asked for three BISAC codes that best describe your book's subject. Baker & Taylor, one of the major book distributors, also requires them if you register a title with them. You can review and choose BISAC codes at the Web site for the Book Industry Study Group