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ePublishingeXperts

What ePublishingeXperts does?

ePublishingeXperts is founded by Gaurav Bhatnagar and made up of experienced and passionate technologists, designers, typesetters and academics. One way or another, we’ve all been involved with the publishing and accessibility industry for a quite long time. Illustrations, 508 compliance and typesetting are our core focus area, we understand its inherent challenges –
“Quality and quick turnaround time with Technology driven processes.”

ePublishingeXperts makes an ideal partner for publishers, libraries, service providers, consultants, authors, typesetters and book designers looking at transformational publishing solutions because of its core capabilities, great human resources, commitment to quality with faster turnaround time to deliver a wide range of publishing solutions and services, 24/7.

What services do you offer?

We offer below services:

  • Illustrations
  • Cover Design
  • Book layout
  • 2D Animation
  • Book Printing
  • 508 compliance for Accessibility
Who is Gaurav Bhatnagar?

Gaurav Bhatnagar is an author, illustrator, entrepreneur, and father to two wonderful kids.

He is committed to providing answers to the questions children have about real-life issues through his stories.

Gaurav is available for discussions about your upcoming projects and wants to connect with you, so be sure to email him epublishingexperts@gmail.com or visit him on Instagram @epublishingexperts.

Are you a publisher?

ePublishingeXperts is not a publisher nor a vanity publisher. We are a service provider company to authors and publishers.

Our services don’t claim anything on your titles. We work for hire basis. 

How can I avail your services?

Mention what services you want us to work with you and send us an email (epublishingexperts@gmail.com) or connect with us on Facebook.

Gaurav Bhatnagar will be in touch with you.

How can I get in touch with you?

You can touch base with us via email (epublishingexperts@gmail.com) or chat with us on Facebook messenger or leave a direct message on Instagram (@epublishingexperts).

Gaurav will be in touch within 24 hours.

What payment method does ePublishingeXperts accept?

We accept:

  • Paypal
  • Payoneer
I'm highly satisfied with your work and the way you communicated and take care of each of my concerns. How can I help you? Is there any way I can show my appreciation to you?

We will be more than happy if you can share appreciation about our services on social media or share a video praising about our services.

We will love to share that on our website.

Self Publishing

What is self-publishing?

Self publishing is the act of publishing media or cerative work as the author or artist via self-financing and without using traditional publishing house or company.

As a self-published author you will be like a product owner who will be managing all the aspects of the publishing whether hiring a team, or running ads or doing marketing etc.

Which platforms can I publish my book on?

There are many retailer companies and online platforms that can help you publishing your book. Below is a list of few companies you can upload your work:

  1. Amazon’s KDP print and ebook
    • This is the platform no self-published author can ignore. Almost 80% of books are sold on Amazon and more than 42% are of self-publishing authors.
  2. Apple iBooks
    • This is the second largest eBook retailer after Amazon with unique benefits to authors.
    • There is one cons that you need to have a mac device to upload your ebook on iBooks else you need to hire an aggregator. 
  3. Barnes and Noble Press
    • This is a sef-publishing unit of B&N and accounts 3% of ebook sales. It also offers print on demand (POD) publishing. 

 

Will you take any percentage of royalties or ongoing fees from my books?

ePublishingeXperts is a service provider company and we only charge as per our service contract. We work on hire basis and don’t claim any percentage from the sales of your book title.

Do you supply an ISBN, or do I need to get it myself?

We dont’ supply an ISBN. You can buy it from Bowker’s website. Here is the link to the same: https://www.myidentifiers.com/identify-protect-your-book/isbn/buy-isbn

Can I use Amazon's free ISBN?

Yes, you can use Amazon’s free ISBN But in that case you won’t be a publisher and can’t sell to Libraries or distribute to bookstores. We suggest authors to use Amazon’s ISBN to publish the Mobi ebook on Amazon and buy an ISBN for Paperback and Hardcover formats.

From where can I buy an ISBN for my book?

You can buy the ISBN from Bowker’s website. Here is the link: https://www.myidentifiers.com/identify-protect-your-book/isbn/buy-isbn

Shipping

How do you ship books?

We use FedEx International Priority service to ship books to US, UK and Australia. 

 

Can you ship books to my place of choice?

Yes, we can deliver your books at your doorstep. You just need to share the delivery address.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping rates are dependent on international market and inflation. We can’t quote the rates here but can share the current FedEx prices via email or chat.

Can you ship internationally?

Yes, we can ship books to whatever places FedEx can deliver.

Illustrations

I have written a story. What will you need from me to start sketching?

Below are the requirements for us to sketch the artwork for your book:

  1. We will need the final edited manuscript.
  2. Scene descriptions if you have a vision for your book.
  3. Character details.
  4. Point no.#2&#3 are not compulsory but will be important if you are very particular with what you want. It will also save us from doing rework.

 

How many illustrations should a children’s book have?

Standard children’s books are of 24 or 32 pages long. You can increase the page count as per your requirements. But the minimum is 24 pages.

Not all the pages have illustrations. If we leave pages that includes copyright and title page then there will be 28-30 pages for story. It will be your choice to go with a spread image or a single page illustration.

For a single page illustration we can place the text on the other side of the spread to minimize the cost for you. You can expect minimum 14-15 single page illustrations.

 

 

Can I supply pics or examples for inspiration?

Yes, that will be helpful to match the artwork as per your vision.

How long will it take to illustrate my book?

Illustrations are a time consuming job. From our experience it will take 5-6 weeks time to finish 18-20 full page illustrations. 

There will be a feedback and revision rounds too that is not included in this time frame. So plan accordingly.

What are different type of illustrations?

There are four type of illustrations we usually use in a children’s book:

  1. Spot illustration
  2. Half-page illustration
  3. Full bleed single page illustration
  4. Spread illustration
What are spot illustrations in children's books?

Spot illustrations are usually with no background or with minimal background. They are particularly useful when we have multiple scenes to incorporate in a single page.

Do you do sample illustration work?

Starting a new business relationship is always risky. To cover up the risk we do sample illustrations to see if we both can work with each other.

With sample work as per your requirements and vision you will get to know if we can match your expectations.

Before placing an order we request you to visit our portfolio page to see our art style.

Do you sign a contract?

Yes, we do sign a contract.

Do I have to make a payment with the order?

Yes, we charge 50% upfront fee and rest upon completion of the art work.

Book Printing

What file formats do you accept?

We accept 300 dpi CMYK PDF file to print. PDF file contains all the fonts, links and graphics embedded in the file and there is no chance of missing any.

What is the difference between RGB and CMYK color formats?

RGB is the color majorly used on web and digital devices. It stands for Red, Green and Blue.

CMYK is used for printing purposes and stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Four color is a common printing term and stands for these four colors.

RGB files must be converted into CMYK files before printing.

What is a bleed and why it’s important?

Bleed area ensures that the artwork always run to the edges of the page. Bleed area will be cut off in the final product. You need to allow 1/8 of an inch bleed i.e. 0.125 inch at the top, bottom and the outside edges of the pages.

Gutters should not be given any bleed area.

Example: If you’re preparing a standard book size i.e. 8.5 X 11 inch, the final size including bleed should be 8.625 x 11.125 inches.

What resolution should be used for printing?

We accept files set at minimum 300 dpi resolution. File with 300 dpi is considered a high resolution file and ensure final product doesn’t look grainy when printed.

When do I know if my files are ready to print?

You can send your final PDF file to us for a free assessment. It’ll take us a day or two to let you know if your file is print ready. If we find any issue like any image set at below 300 dpi or bleed or margin issue we’ll give you a feedback on what needs to be done to make it print ready.

What is the minimum number of copies that I can print?

We can print as low as 1 copy but shipping will only be cost effective if you order minimum 50 copies.

For our offshore clients our minimum order quantity is 50 copies to few thousands.

How do I upload my files for my order?

Since the printing files are heavier to send via email attachments we recommend below options:

  1. You can email the files via www.wetransfer.com. Once on their website put our email (epublishingexperts@gmail.com), your email address, your message and then add your file. You can send up to 2GB of files at no charges.
  2. You can also use Dropbox to share a link to download the file.

Section 508 Compliance Remediation

What is an accessible PDF?

Accessible PDF document can read and accessed by people with disabilities. These documents can be read using assistive technology through text-to-speech or a Braille printout.

What is the difference between the PDF and accessible PDF?

A PDF can be converted into an accessible PDF if the text blocks are marked with tags and have searchable text that can be read through text to speech or a Braille printout.

 

How to check if the PDF is accessible?

There are three quick ways one can check if the PDF is accessible using Acrobat Pro:

Step 1: Select the text using mouse, or select all text from Acrobat menu. If text is not selectable then it’s an image PDF file and is not accessible.

Step2: Go to File properties. You will see Tagged PDF field. If it says “No” the PDF file needs to be tagged for accessibility.

Step3: Checking accessibility errors: Select Tools > Accessibility > Full Check. It will generate a report. If there are errors identified they need to be fixed for accessibility.

How to make PDFs 508 Compliant?
  • Structure the original source code properly.
  • Run an Accessibility Check.
  • Document the properties.
What document formats can you make accessible?

We can use InDesign, PDF or microsoft documents like MS Word, Excel, Power point and Publisher.

If the document is scanned we will run Optical Character Reading, proof read the text for any mistake and make the accessible PDF applying the valid tagging structure. 

How do I send files for my order?

Since the files may be heavier to send via email attachments we recommend below options:

  1. You can email the files via www.wetransfer.com. Once on their website put our email (epublishingexperts@gmail.com), your email address, your message and then add your file. You can send up to 2GB of files at no charges.
  2. You can also use Dropbox to share a link to download the file.

Still need help? Send us a note!

For any other questions, please write us at epublishingexperts@gmail.com

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