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Infographic - Publishing Subscriptions Explained  by Sarah Juckes

Why subscribe to self-publishing, you ask? This self-publishing infographic explains all:

Why we’ve created this infographic

We get that new things can sometimes be confusing. Even though we’ve been helping authors for seven years now, our subscription model is still a ‘Completely Novel’ approach to self-publishing – but it’s one that works.

CompletelyNovel was created to help professional authors achieve the most out of their books. How do we do this? By shaking up the traditional ‘commission-based’ self-publishing model and putting the power back into the hands of the author.

By subscribing, awesome authors need only pay one, flat fee per month (or per year) to publish their book in print – and can then keep every penny of their book royalties. What’s more, they can leave whenever they want – there are no long-term lock-ins or obligations to stay. We think that’s pretty neat.

Frequently asked questions

Here are the most common questions we get asked when we speak to authors about our subscription model.

1) What do I get for my £7.99 / $11.99 per month?

This subscription covers the creation, publication and distribution of TWO books via print-on-demand. You can create your book with our easy-to-use tools, publish it with an ISBN and we handle all the distribution for you via retailers such as Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble etc. You pay per month, and get paid every month. There’s no cap on sales – you can earn £thousands and still only pay £7.99 / $11.99 per month.

2) What happens if I stop my subscription?

Your book will simply stop being available. Authors choose to leave if they sign with a traditional publisher, or if they stop selling those six books a month to cover their subscription. You maintain full copyright to your work, and yes, we will be very sorry to see you go!

3) What’s the catch?

We get asked this a lot and are still deciding on a witty answer for it. For now, our lame answer is that there isn’t a catch. We don’t believe in hidden fees or secret small-print. Our job is to keep you publishing with us for as long as possible, which means that we want to foster a great relationship with you and help your book do well, however we can.

4) Will you market my book for me?

Strangely, this is our most frequently asked question at events. In short – no – we don’t offer marketing services. Why? Well, traditional marketing services can be a bit of a black hole when it comes to authors spending money. Getting results is very unpredictable.

What we prefer to do instead is to invest our time in helping you – the author – become the ultimate marketing machine. You don’t need any prior experience to do this and you absolutely CAN do it. We offer heaps of free marketing advice from leading experts in our advice hub and our blog, and we regularly retweet and share our authors’ great news on social media and in our newsletter.

For anyone who feels they do need extra PR help, we list some of the people we trust here.

5) Who are you?

We are a small team of real people based in sunny Brighton, UK. We are Oli, Anna, Sarah, Jon and Jessica, and you can speak to any one of us by dropping us a line. A few of us are also writers ourselves, and we’ve built up a lot of publishing and marketing knowledge over the years. We’re always trying to learn more and we’re happy to share. Go on – introduce yourself.

Infographic facts and figures

All the price comparison stats on this infographic are based on publishing Pride and Prejudice in a Demy format (or similar) via print-on-demand.

We based the figures for the ‘Commission’ model on Amazon’s Createspace, ‘Upfront’ on Matador, and ‘Subscription’ on CompletelyNovel. You can find a more detailed breakdown of the figures for Createspace and CompletelyNovel on our price comparison page, here. Matador’s costs are calculated from their POD print prices and a publishing provider cut of 15%, plus a minimum retailer cut of 35% of the book’s RRP.

The £30 taken by the publishing service and retailer in column four of the ‘Subscription’ model represents the standard 30% retailer discount given by CompletelyNovel, as incentive for retailers to sell your book on your behalf. CompletelyNovel takes 0% commission, meaning that more money is returned to you – woohoo!

Hopefully this gives you a clear idea of how CompletelyNovel works for authors. Remember, you can start creating your book right now, and are free to leave at any time.

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