FAQ's

How do you accept submissions?
We usually receive submissions by email, but you can also courier your work to our office address.

How can I submit my work for consideration?
To submit your work for consideration, send by email/mail three chapters of your book along with a synopsis. If you are emailing your submission, please send any files to (contact@quillsink.com).

How long does it take for you to publish a book?
We publish most books within 6 months after the author has signed their contract and returned all the necessary paperwork to us.

What is ISBN?
ISBN stands for "International Standard Book Number", which unique, numerical identifier for the books. Each ISBN represents a particular edition of a book

Will there be an ISBN connected every format of the book?
Yes. A separate ISBN will be assigned to every format of the book published

How can I tell if something is copyright protected if I want to use it in my book?
In most cases, any picture, material, text, information, quote, map, song, or illustration that you personally did not create is copyright protected by the person who created and/or published the material. Any text or pictures found in a book, magazine or newspaper is copyright protected by the publisher, artist, photographer or another individual. Most information found on the Internet is copyright protected as well.

How much can I rely on another work without permission?
There are no clear rules as to the amount of material you can use without permission. If in doubt, you should consult a legal advisor or look into copyright law to provide more details. In general, keep the rule of "fair use" (see previous FAQ) in mind and consider how much and what part of the work you are borrowing. The more material you use, the less likely it is to be considered fair use. However, sometimes even a small amount of work proportionally can hold a lot of weight if it is an important part of the work, so the amount of text is not always the determining factor.

Which pictures can I use without permission?
Without permission from the original photographer or copyright holder, only pictures that you have personally taken can be used without permission (unless a photo is "in the public domain" because the copyright has expired). If a picture is found in a book, newspaper or magazine, you cannot use the image without getting permission. Pictures and information found on the Internet are not "public domain." Most material found on the Internet is copyright protected.

Does citing the source material clear me of copyright infringement?
No. A citation will not protect you in a court of law against a copyright case. You must obtain permission.

How do I obtain permission and what do I do with it?
In order to obtain permission, you can contact the copyright holder and explain what work you wish to use and for what purpose. Request their written permission for you to use the material in publication. Some copyright holders will provide permission for free and others will charge a fee.

Keep the written permission in your possession if for any reason you should need to prove permission in the future. The copyright holder may or may not require additional credit in the book itself.

Will I make money when my book is sold online?
You will receive the complete net sales proceeds received by us from retailers less our commission of 30%. Net Sales proceeds are calculated as -

Net Sales = Book price – production cost - trade discount – shipping cost


How is the price of my book determined?
The price of your book is determined by this equation:
Price of your book = Fixed cost for cover and page count + distribution cost + royalty amount
The cover cost and page count determine the minimum base price for the production of your book. The distribution and royalty amounts are displayed once you have chosen the total selling price

When am I paid?
We make payments quarterly. Payment for one quarter is made before the last date of succeeding month. For e.g. earning of quarter ending 31 Mar will be made maximum by 30 Apr, subject to minimum account threshold.
Please note, You will only be paid once for the original book sale. For instance, if a book is resold in any kind of second-hand store, you will not earn a royalty on the purchase. Also, you earn a royalty when a retailer purchases your printed book for their store, but not when a consumer actually purchases your book off the shelf.

How do I know that I am being paid fairly for my book sales?
You would be able to access your account through our website which will reflect your complete sales and earnings. The statements are compiled and cross-examined by multiple parties to ensure an accurate record of royalty payments.
Both our printer and distributor employ independent auditing firms to verify the book sales data. Additionally, an accounting firm conducts yearly audits of our finances to ensure accuracy. But, if you feel there has been an error in your royalty payment report, you can contact your publishing assistant to look in the matter more thoroughly.

How am I paid?
We make payments quarterly through ETF unless advices through some other means. Payments are subjects to a minimum threshold of INR Rs.4500

Can my royalty cheque be split between a co-author and myself?
No, we currently do not offer the option to split the royalty payment between individuals. You can, of course, do whatever you wish with the royalty payments once you receive them, but it will be up to you to split any payments with co-authors.

Am I paid royalty on books I purchase?
It depends on how you place the order. If you place an order through us directly you’ll receive your author discount, in this case you will not receive a royalty payment for that order. This is because you receive the "royalty" as a discount up front. However, if you order directly through some Web site or a retailer and pay full price, then yes, you will receive a royalty payment for that purchase.

I've noticed my book being sold as "used" on Web sites but I have not received payment; why haven't I been paid?
Often, retailers list books on their Web sites and advertise that they have "new and used" copies of books. Retailers use this as a marketing tool to entice the consumer by frequently offering a small discount on the used version. This does not necessarily mean that they have an actual copy of your book on hand, which is most likely the case if you have not been paid a royalty for the book sale. If any books are sold to a retailer, you will earn the retail royalty amount which was agreed upon.

If a retailer or third party actually is selling a used copy of the book, you would have already been paid in the past for the original sale.


What is ePub?
ePub is a file format. Your manuscript should be in such format so it is compatible with digital content devices. This allows your book to be distributed and read on specified electronic devices (E-Readers)

What will be the pricing for the e-book? Do I get to select how much to charge?
All e-book will have a default price of INR 199 for Indian market & US$ 9.99 for International Markets. Prices can be modified prior to retail channel submission at the author’s request.

How long does it take for books to be posted on retail sites?
It generally takes 3-4 weeks for them to appear on various retail channels

Will I be able to see the channel where my books are sold?
Yes, you would be able to see the channel where your book is sold in the authors central reports.

What is the Amazon Kindle?
The Amazon Kindle is the most popular handheld e-reader device on the market, with access to 420,000 titles from over 100 plus countries around the globe, and growing. As a Kindle user, you have access to top magazines and newspapers, as well as audio books. With the Kindle for PC and Kindle for iPhone apps, you can read Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you.

How does the partnership with Amazon Kindle benefit an author?
Quills Ink partnership with Kindle is a great opportunity for our authors to offer their digital content through the most popular e-reader device in the world.

Will my e-books be available at Google Play Store?
Yes all your books will be available for sale on Google Android Play Store.

What is the iBookstore?
The Apple iBookstore is an e-book store created by Apple. Books can be downloaded to an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via the iBookstore.

Why isn't my book in the iBookstore?
It can take up to three months for your book to appear in the iBookstore. If your book is still not available after that period of time, it is possible that Apple did not accept your content. Reasons that Apple may choose to deny content include typos, poor editing, poor formatting and subject matter.

How do I place a book order?
You can call our office to place a book order. If you are not sure who your consultant is, please mail us at sales@quillsink.com and we will get in touch with you for the same.

How will I know if Quills Ink has received my order?
Once we have received your order, we will either e-mail or call you and provide an order confirmation If you do not receive a confirmation message from us, then for some reason we did not receive your order. If you have any questions, please mail us at sales@quillsink.com

Can I cancel my book order?
Since an order is transmitted directly to the fulfillment centre the minute you place it, your Print-on-Demand book order cannot be cancelled

How do I pay for my purchase?
You may either send us a cheque or demand draft. Or you can also transfer funds directly into our account through NEFT. The NEFT details would be mentioned in our Invoice sent to you.

Where will potential customers be able to buy my book and e-book?
You book and ebooks will be available for sale with all major online retail websites of the world like Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Book Depository, Kobo, Google Play Store, Apple Itunes, WH Smith, Blackwell, Waterstones etc.

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