FAQ

Why you shouldn't publish your book with Dostoyevsky Wannabe

I suppose the answer to that is because we're not real, proper publishers and we can't help you with very much.

Can you promote my books to ensure that I get lots of sales?

We'll do our best but we're very bad at promotion. Maybe we can say something on social media or something like that but we can't promise vast sales of your book arising from our promotion of it. The amount of books that we put out means that you will have a better chance of promoting your books yourself. In our experience Twitter or Instagram is the best place to do this. Tag us into your efforts and we'll will usually re-post or retweet.

Can you provide physical reviews copies of my books so I can send them out for review purposes?

No. We are merely print on demand so you'd have to buy your own (here's a money saving tip - send free PDF versions to reviewers or only buy a physical copy to send out to reviewers if it's an especially fancy reviewer who you are pursuing with a desperate relish to make it big in the funny papers).

Do I keep the rights to my work?

Yes you do. You produced it. It's yours. We don't have contracts or legal agreements with authors or anything like that because we do it all for the love of it and don't expect to make any money and will no doubt never make any money from doing this.

What is the Opt-in and Opt-out tick-box on the Dostoyevsky Wannabe checklist forms? Are you asking me to sign over my copyright?

No. That's just an extra safeguard in case Amazon suppress your book for sale on Amazon. Since Dostoyevsky Wannabe books only sell on Amazon then your book will effectively not be for sale if Amazon suppress it.

Why would Amazon suppress book? Does this happen often?

This has only actually happened once and we were puzzled about it too. Basically we found out that sometimes Amazon sends an algorithm out to crawl the net to track down sometimes Amazon print on demand counterfeiters try to pass off books published elsewhere as new books - see Amazon's policy on this here. Basically, the book that got briefly suppressed was Liberating the Canon (ironic eh?) and it happened because we had tried to promote that book online by excerpting the introduction to the book at 3AM Magazine and Amazon's algorithm had crawled the internet and found the online excerpt and erroneously believed that the physical Liberating the Canon book was counterfeit. Happily we were able to prove that it wasn't and that the book was published in good faith by Dostoyevsky Wannabe and all was well. So the opt-in is just to try and cover yourself and us if you happen to have placed portions of the book online and the algorithm erroneously identifies it and suppresses it. We can't promise we reverse Amazon's decision if that happens though, we can only try. It is ultimately at Amazon's own discretion.

Who gets royalties on any books sold?

It depends on whether you pick Option 1 or Option 2. You have more control with Option 1 and you need to create a Kindle Direct Print account and link up to your bank account so you get the royalties and you will also be the one who uploads the files from the production process. If you go for Option 2 then you will be helping Dostoyevsky Wannabe with a few pennies (the print on demand provider takes most of the money so it really is pennies) towards the upkeep of our website and towards the fact that we design the book and typeset for free.

Somebody said online that you pay Amazon Publishing Services to make your books?

Yeah we saw that and we had look up what Amazon publishing services actually were. It would kind of defeat our DIY zero-budget purposes to actually pay someone else to design our books. Dostoyevsky Wannabe Design actually designs all of our book covers and we also typeset the interiors because we taught ourselves how to do it, just like we do everything. We do use Amazon printing services (i.e. Createspace or KDP print on demand - they're like a printing service, not many - erm any - independent presses have their own printing press and all use printing services obviously) and we've never made any secret about this. If anyone has a gigantic printing press and lots of free ink and they can teach us how to use it and give it to us for free then we'd be happy to learn.

We basically use an Amazon-owned print on demand company as a giant photocopier and that's all.

Where d'you stand on the ethics of using Amazon?

We stand where every radical bookshop and arts organisation and alternative and independent organisation stand when they use Twitter and/or Facebook, or when they use a smartphone or a laptop made by another similarly faceless corporate entity who may or may not be very ethical. Ask any giant faceless corporation how ethical they are (ask their lobbyists). We stand where zine makers stand when they use Hewlett Packard or Canon printers or photocopiers. We sometimes also sit in cars and on buses that pollute the earth much the same as other independent and radical and alternative organisations. We don't like that we have to more or less do this but we do.

Or as one of our good friends put it recently: "I hear Richard Kern used Kodak film for his movies. Was he really No Wave?"

Why You Should Publish Your Book with Dostoyevsky Wannabe:

Good question - why should I?

We're not sure. Maybe we might get on? Strength in numbers? (probably not). Or maybe you don't want to be sitting there bitterly waiting for a publisher to validate your existence? To get a bit of feedback (not that we offer a lot)? A Salon des Refusés kind of deal? Or maybe we’re best suited to shy, introverted writers who like Half Japanese or Ezra Furman or Lois Maffeo? Could it be that? We have no answer to this question.

Tell us a bit more about Dostoyevsky Wannabe?

Ok. So go back here.

Will you design me a beautiful cover in the Dostoyevsky Wannabe style for free?

Yes. We’ll always do this, in fact we insist on designing part of it as we like to keep our identity pretty consistent. We're happy to work with you on it and want your input also though.

What about physical author copies or physical review copies?

We're afraid we can't provide these for Dostoyevsky Wannabe books because we already do the typesetting for free (foregoing the usual market-rate around £1.10 per page) and we design the cover for free (foregoing the usual market rate of between £600-£1500) and those things for free are as far as we can go to help with the your Dostoyevsky Wannabe book.

Obviously we provide a PDF for review purposes but if you ever want to send a physical copy to an extra special reviewer or get copies for yourself then you'll have to buy them yourselves. What we do with all Option 2 books is that we put them as near to cost price as is possible and that makes it easier for your buy physical review copies and copies for yourself and for sale at events, it operates pretty much as a retail discount might in that respect.

A quick bit of money-saving advice. If you're working with Option 1 then it's upto you as you'll be starting your own Creatspace account and you'll be uploading the book, setting the price, writing the blurb for Amazon, etc, etc so at that point it is up to you to price the book in a way that suits the physical copies that you want to buy. If you do Option 1, we wouldn't recommend you buying author copies from the print on demand provider as the books are shipped from America and the postage costs can be high and the time it takes to ship can be long. Instead allow your book to go live on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, etc and then you can take advantage of buying copies at the same low cover price that you will have set which means you'll be gaining all the low-cost benefits and fast-shipping usually associated with Amazon including the usual free-shipping if you buy a few copies and the price goes over £10. If you have your own Prime account then it's always free shipping (bar the monthly/yearly Prime cost).

How do I complete the Createspace process if I'm doing Option 1?

We can't help you there. You'll have to Google it.