NO. You most certainly can take your own photos or make your own cover. All photos must be 100% royalty free and you must provide a cover release and photo release if you choose to chose to provide cover art. We are more than happy to create a cover for you. Please email if you need a copy of our cover release form. Also please consult with us prior to purchasing any cover and artwork to assure all royalty stipulations are met and we (Dream Big Publishing and you the author) are in agreement on the cover. Dream Big Publishing reserves the final say in covers.
One cover company we recommend is http://www.creativecoverimages.com/
DO I HAVE TO HAVE A COVER MADE BY DREAM BIG PUBLISHING?
Once a contract is signed, a book may take six to twelve months to get up for sale maybe a bit longer. It all depends on the length of your book, the amount of books we are currently working on, cover art production, proof reading time, and author response time back. There is no set time limit to how long it may take to get your book up but we try to publish as quickly as possible without harming the quality of the book.
HOW LONG ONCE WE SIGN A CONTRACT DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY BOOK UP FOR SALE?
NO. Dream Big Publishing is not a vanity press, nor do we charge authors fees for submissions. Our mission is to publish emerging and mid-career authors. Dream Big Publishing is an independent press.
IS DREAM BIG PUBLISHING A VANITY PRESS?
Most readers aren’t interested in hearing from a publisher as much as they are interested in hearing from an author. Readers will search your name, your book(s), your characters, etc., but they don’t typically search for the publisher name.
Therefore as an author, you should understand that your own promotional efforts will be the main driving factor in sales of your book. As your publisher, Dream Big Publishing will make your book available for purchase in eBook form and print, but as the author, the task of helping prospective readers become aware of your book will fall largely on your shoulders.
The author MUST promote their book to the best of their ability.
HOW IS MY BOOK PROMOTED?
If you submit a manuscript to Dream Big Publishing and are offered a contract, your book will be released in eBook formats and print format through P.O.D. (print on demand) books.
DOES DREAM BIG PUBLISHING PUBLISH BOOKS IN PRINT AND EBOOK FORMAT?
While large publishing houses pay an advance royalty to an author when they sign a contract for publishing a book, keep in mind that they do so only because they are confident that they will see a return on investment that is at least equal to (but hopefully greater than) the advance royalty. This is why most large publishers will only sign “bankable” names or manuscripts—to the exclusion of new or unknown authors.
As a small non traditional publisher, an advance of $2,000 or more per title would severely impact the ability of Dream Big Publishing to accept works from new or unknown authors by draining the resources we need to run a viable publishing operation. Because we do not pay an advance royalty to our authors, we are able to:
•Take on the much greater risk that comes with publishing books written by a wide variety of authors
•Publish many more titles per year than we would if we paid advances the way large publishing houses do
•Offer much better royalty percentages to all of our authors, in both eBook and print formats
DOES DREAM BIG PUBLISHING PAY ADVANCES?
According to copyright law, the author is the owner of the copyright of his/her own work; therefore, Dream Big Publishing will include a Copyright Notice identifying the author as the owner of the copyright in the manner that complies with the regulations of the US Copyright Act and the Universal Copyright Convention. By signing an author contract with us, you are only licensing the right for Dream Big Publishing to publish, print, sell, market, and distribute your book.
Since the author owns the copyright, if the author wishes to register the copyright with the US Copyright Office, the author is responsible for filing out the paperwork and filing the necessary documentation (including payment of any fees and the costs of preparing printed and/or electronic documentation of the work as required by the US Copyright office). However, keep in mind that copyright law was recently amended by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which strengthened copyright protections in many ways. These days, almost all things are copyrighted the moment they are written, even if a copyright notice is not specifically stated and/or a Copyright filing is not made with the US Copyright Office.
IF I SIGN A CONTRACT AND DREAM BIG PUBLISHING PUBLISHES MY BOOK, WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT?