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Indie-Publishing: 411. Chat with Vania and KT– Writing Imprints

When I first considered the Self-publishing route, it was because I didn’t want to wait around to get traditionally published. Since researching and asking tons of questions, I’ve gotten a new respect for both Traditional and Self Publishing. Today’s topic is Imprints. What is an imprint you ask? No, it’s not when a wolf finds his soulmate…*Twilight fans will get that if you didn’t…ignore and keep reading. I’ll keep the corny jokes to myself. LOL.*

A writing imprint is the author’s personalized mark on their work. It’s not a copyright, but pretty close to it. When I saw Vania’s imprint, I knew I wanted to learn more. So, I did what I do best…I asked for all the good stuff and the bad on owning your imprint.

KT Daxon

What are imprints and how important are they? Personal preference or encouraged for Indie authors?

Vania Margene Rheault

Imprints are the name and logo of the publishing company you set up for yourself when you publish. They are a personal preference, but you can’t be listed as the publisher of your book on CreateSpace if you don’t have one. They aren’t encouraged as much as owning your ISBN numbers, but they go hand in hand.

KT Daxon

How does one set up an imprint?

Vania Margene Rheault

The first you have to do is make something up. Something you like, something short, though, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room. Something unique that means something to you. I’m a romance author, and I love coffee, so I made up Coffee and Kisses Press. BUT and this is a big BUT, you have to make sure it’s not taken by someone else. Coffee and Kisses Press was like, my 4th choice.

 

I had a friend draw the mug, and my son did the rest. I share this imprint with David Willis. He doesn’t write romance, but he wanted an imprint and they are kind of hard to think of. So many are taken.

 

 

KT Daxon

So you both use this when publishing?

Vania Margene Rheault

He only has one book under this imprint. He published other books with iUniverse, and they have their own imprint. But yeah, all mine are under this imprint. I bought my own numbers, and I knew I wanted my own imprint from the beginning.

KT Daxon

You say so many are already taken, how do you advise other authors on creating their own? Coming up with names is difficult for me, and in turn, drive me crazy until I figure it out.

Vania Margene Rheault

I’ve read up on it, and they say that if you think of something personal, it’s easier to be unique. Like your pen name. I know how you made it up, so I mean, keep it close to your heart it’s easier. but I suck at stuff like that too.

KT Daxon

Would you recommend I use my pen name as my publishing imprint?

Vania Margene Rheault

I would suggest you think of something cute. especially if you’re going to stay with writing romance. PillowTalk Press. On the shape of a pillow. LOL

Vania’s Fake Imprint…LOL

But I bet that’s taken.

KT Daxon

Hmm

Vania Margene Rheault

Actually, it’s not. That’s funny.

 

 

KT Daxon

Hmm, I don’t know if I’ll stay with romance. My Debut Novel is Romantic Suspense…the next book after this is likely considered Contemporary Romance? Hahahaha! Hmm…

How much does getting your own imprint cost?

Vania Margene Rheault

Nothing. You pay for it when you buy your own ISBN numbers.  Unless you hire a designer. Then that would be an extra cost.

KT Daxon

Even better, LOL. So, when you buy your ISBN numbers, you will just include that with that purchase?

Vania Margene Rheault

You can look for ideas on Canva. They have logo templates.

Yes! Great question. You need to have thought of your imprint name before you buy your numbers because there’s a field for it.

KT Daxon

I know what will be running through my mind now. LOL, That’s all the questions I have for now on imprints…that I can think of. Oh! I have one more. How can you find out if an imprint is taken? Is there a site?

Vania Margene Rheault

No, you just Google it. Most of the time if there is a publisher or a press associated with it, it will be the top few search results. But I used all the search engines to make sure: Yahoo, Bing, Google. You get slightly different results, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

KT Daxon

I got one I will check out…where on Canva can you use to check for logos?

Vania Margene Rheault

If you go to Create A Design, it’s under the menu, Marketing Materials. I made mine before I knew Canva existed. I have a tab on my website that explains my imprint and the books that are published under it. You have to be careful on Twitter if you are ever approached by a “press” or a “publisher” who wants to publish your book. It could be someone trying to publish your book under their imprint, and they don’t have any real publishing experience or distribution channels. They run your book through CreateSpace, just the same as you would then take a cut of your profits. So be very careful when someone approaches you–especially during the pitching games like #pitmad.

KT Daxon

Good to know!

Vania Margene Rheault

Yeah, it’s kind of scammy.  But if they have a pretty imprint and a website that looks legit, it’s easy to get taken in. Everyone wants a contract, and not everyone is as careful as they should be.

KT Daxon

Is Press the only thing you can use or are their others?

Vania Margene Rheault

You can use press or publishing. those are the two main ones.

 

Great! Thank you for all that great information, Vania!

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I’d love to share with you readers that I have found my PERSONAL IMPRINT! I will share what I’ve come up with on the last chat night of our series. Be sure to subscribe to both mine and Vania’s websites to never miss another chat or any other author tips!

Happy Reading, Writing, and Self Publishing. See you next time! Please comment below on any other topics you’d like to see and they may be discussed in future blog posts. Also, we’d love to know how we’re doing!

 

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