Publishers! Authors! We love you! And more to the point, we want to carry your books on our website!
One of the things Digimonkey likes best about ebooks is that they’re so accessible for publishers and authors. Whether you’re an author who has written one book or a hundred, or a publisher who has a catalogue of ten books or a thousand, you can get your books out into the world and into the hands of customers who are eager to read them, all with just a little help from the friendly bookstore on the corner of your digital neighborhood…All Romance and OmniLit!
If you’re a publisher or author who would like to see your books on All Romance and OmniLit, the place to begin is the “Publishers/Authors” link in the website header.
This link will take you to the login page for Publishers who already have an account with ARe, but it also is the starting place for those who want to create a new Publisher account. The first thing we recommend you read through is our Publisher FAQ page, which provides you with information on:
- All Romance and OmniLit
- Ebook formatting
- Turnaround time
- Submitting ebook files
- Pricing and discounting of ebooks
- Digital rights
- Payments to authors/publishers
- Top rated and bestseller listings
- ISBNs, Categories, and Heat ratings
The next step is to register for a Publisher account. This applies to large traditional and small indie publishers as well as authors who are self-publishing. If you want to sell books on All Romance and OmniLit, you’ll need to create a publisher account.
The first item you will need is the Company Name. If you’re a publisher, that will be easy – you already have a company name. However, if you’re an author who is self-publishing, you will need to decide on a company name. Some authors list their own name as the company name. Others create an alternate name for their self-publishing activities. Whichever you choose, you will need to make the decision before creating an account.
The second item is the Website URL for your company. For publishers, this should be your business website. For authors who are self-publishing, this could be a business website (if you have one), or your author website. If you have neither, insert a URL for a web page that contains your works so we can review them.
The third item is the description of your company, which should include information regarding who you are, what types of books you offer, and what makes your business unique.
Failing to provide these items will delay the review of your application.
The next section asks for contact information, including a contact email. This is a critical item, as this is how the ARe staff will communicate with you regarding the books you post on the site and marketing/promotional opportunities. Make sure it’s an email you check regularly. You will also need to choose a password for accessing your account. It must be a minimum of four characters long. Finally, you need to provide your personal contact information, including phone number and address. If you’re a publisher with multiple employees, be certain that the contact name, email and phone number is for the person who will be communicating with the ARe staff.
The next section deals with Payment information. This is how you get paid! You can choose to be paid through Paypal or Direct Deposit. If you want o use Paypal but do not have a Paypal account yet, you will need to set one up prior to registering on the site. Enter the Paypal address associated with your Paypal account.
For Direct Depost, you will need to enter the Bank Routing number and Bank Account number for the account where you want the funds deposited.
The final section contains the tax information. This section replaces IRS forms W-9 and W-8BEN. Enter the full legal name of the person who owns the business, as well as the legal name of the business if it is different from the owner’s name.
Fill in the names and publisher or affiliate IDs for any other accounts on ARe/OmniLit. Then enter the legal street address for the business.
Select the option for whether the business is owned by a U.S. citizen or not. If it’s owned by a U.S. citizen, then enter the Tax ID # (for individuals without a Tax ID #, this will be your social security number), and select the business structure that matches your business type.
For foreign owned businesses, select the country or incorporation or organization, the business structure recipient code, enter your foreign tax ID number and your US tax ID number (if you have one).
Read through the certification information and then check the “By checking this box…” box in the bottom left of the screen.
The Terms of Agreement will appear at the bottom of the page. At the end of the TOA, you will see an “accept” button. Click it to accept the terms – the check box to the right of the “I accept the terms of agreement” will fill in. Click the “Submit” button, and you’re on your way!
Expect to hear from the ARe staff within 3-10 business days regarding your application. If additional information is required, they’ll let you know. Once your application is approved, you can begin uploading your files the same day! Laissez le bon temps rouler!
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