Q. How will CAT help me get my manuscript ready for publication?
A. The trained staff at CAT will work with you in selecting a format and style for your textbook or manual including the overall layout, selection of a cover design, generation of a Table of Contents and Index. We can also assist you in the selection of graphics to enhance your text as well as the creation of charts, figures and graphs that you may want to include.
Q. How do I submit my manuscript?
A. You create your manuscript using your computer/ word processor. You will submit your completed manuscript, saved as an electronic file(s), to our office. The staff at CAT Publishing will prepare your fully formatted, professional textbook and will send you a proof copy for review.
Q. Is there a minimum enrollment required before I can publish my own textbook with CAT Publishing?
A. You can become a published author with as few as 100 students per year. If your enrollments are close to the minimum, contact our office and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
Q. What are the costs?
A. There will be no out-of-pocket expense to you as long as you have the authority or permission for your text to be adopted and used in your class room and you submit your text in completed form including all index entries properly marked in your electronic file. CAT will be happy to assist you in learning how to prepare your manuscript so that it is ready for submission to us including help in learning how to make index entries if you are not already familiar with how to do this.
Q. How will CAT help me market my completed text to others in my field?
A. CAT may decide to market your textbook annually to professors in your academic discipline.
Q. How often may I make changes to my textbook to keep the
A. Changes may be made as often as once each semester. This is one
of the major advantages to customized publishing! You control how current your text
is. (We do request that all changes be submitted to our office at least 12 weeks prior to
the beginning of your term.)
Q. How is the price of the textbook determined?
A. CAT Publishing assigns a selling price for the text based
on these three factors: 1. Production cost of the text, which is based on number of pages
(your account representative will give you an estimate of the production costs); 2. The
discount your bookstore receives (usually 20 percent of the selling price); and 3. The
royalty you receive on your book.
Q. How do I order my textbook?
A. An ISBN (a standard identifying number) will be assigned to your
textbook as soon as you authorize the enclosed publishing agreement and return it to our
office. Using this number, you follow the same ordering procedure that you currently use.
Your bookstore will contact us with a purchase order, and we will ensure that your
customized texts are in your bookstore prior to the start of the semester.
Q. How are royalties paid?
A. Royalties are based on net sales and and are paid semi-annually.
Royalties for texts sold during the Fall/Summer semesters are issued March 15. Royalties
for textbooks sold during Spring semester are issued October 15.
Q. I recognize the benefits of customized publishing and want to
begin now. What's my first step?
A. Please call us at (530) 549-4744 or you can send us an e-mail with a brief summary of your interest in small run publication.