FAQs – General

Q: Can IBJ CP create my company or organization’s marketing collateral?

A: Yes. We produce everything from identity development and special anniversary logos to directories, business cards, invitation packets, event materials, posters, alumni magazines, infographic videos, and annual reports. We can design, print and/or produce your materials digitally.

Q: Does IBJ CP bill by the hour?

A: Our project agreements will be for a project price and will include concept, design time and printing. Delivery and any additional services not in the original agreement will be an additional charge on the final invoice. Our standard terms are Net 30 upon delivery.


FAQs – Book Publishing

Q: Is IBJ CP a self-publisher?

A: We are an assisted self-publisher. We do charge a fee for all our services, but unlike a POD (print on demand) service, we work with our authors on every step of the process—from writing (if needed) to final printed product. We do not market or distribute your book to bookstores. 

Q: What services does IBJ CP provide?

A: Our standard contract provides cover design; interior layout/formatting; production proofs, and printing. We offer writing, copywriting, editing, proofreading, illustrations, and marketing collateral as additional paid services.

Q: Does IBJ CP market my book?

A: We do not market or distribute your book to bookstores. We do offer our authors an opportunity to sell their books on Amazon and IBJ CP’s bookstore.

Q: Can I meet with IBJ or is it all online?

A: We prefer to meet with our authors in person if possible. That is not always possible. We can work however makes you comfortable. We work with many out of state authors.

Q: Does IBJ CP proofread my book?

A: We do not. If, when working with your copy during layout, we see several grammatical errors or misspellings, we will contact you with the issues we are seeing and suggest the use of an editor. We can hire one of our editors or you may use somebody of your choice, but we highly recommend an unbiased, outside source.

Q: Do I need to format my text before submitting it to you?

A: No. We prefer a basic Word document with the only formatting being words that you want to be bold or italic and normal paragraph indications.

Q: Can I supply my own cover art?

A: Yes. All provided artwork must be 300 dpi at size (the final size used) and CMYK. All interior photos must also be 300 dpi at size and either black and white or CMYK.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum number of books I must print?

A: There is no minimum or maximum quantity.

Q: What are the books sizes I can choose from?

A: IBJ CP does not have cookie-cutter size restrictions. We can print almost any size book.

Q: What are your minimum and maximum page counts?

A: We recommend a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 528 pages.

Q: Can my book be in color?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you print paperback and hardback books?

A: Yes.

Q: How long does it take to get my printed books?

A: Depending on the complexity of the layout, the author proofing process and the number of books being printed, the typical turnaround is approximately 2 months.

Q: Does IBJ CP own the rights to my work?

A: No. You maintain all rights to the content of your book. IBJ CP does maintain ownership of the final formatted files used for printing and keeps those files indefinitely. All original materials will be returned to the author upon completion of the project. It is unlawful for IBJ to reuse any part of an author’s work without the written consent of the author.

Q: Do I need to have my own ISBN?

A: If you have your own ISBN, we will use that. An ISBN is part of the IBJ CP contract.

Q: What is a Library of Congress Control Number?

A: The Library of Congress Control Number is a unique identifier. It is used by libraries to catalog and order books. There is a fee for a Library of Congress Number.

Q: Do I need a Library of Congress Number?

A: You do not have to have a Library of Congress Control Number, but it is highly recommended. The LCCN links the book to any record which the Library of Congress, other libraries, bibliographic utilities, or book vendors may create.

Q: Do I need to copyright my book?

A: Once you submit your manuscript to us, your work is copyrighted. Current law states that your copyright on your written work is implied and protected without registering with the U.S. Copyright Office. On the copyright page of your book, we will use © and/or the word “copyright”, the year, and your name or organization. This is sufficient to imply your ownership. If you wish, you may copyright your work online for a minimal fee.

Q: If I choose IBJ CP, what else do you need from me?

A: We need 50% of the contract price with the signed contract. Once we receive a clean, edited manuscript and any photos or illustrations, we will provide you with a production schedule and begin work. We will need a W9 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf) to process your royalties if you choose to sell through IBJ CP’s bookstore and/or Amazon. If you are claiming to be exempt from Indiana sales tax, we will also need Indiana form ST-105 (https://www.in.gov/dor/3504.htm).

Q: What percentage of my sales does IBJ keep?

A: If an author’s book is sold on the IBJ bookstore or through the IBJ Amazon service, then a percentage of the net sales will be kept, and a royalty check will be sent to the author for the remainder.

Q: How often are royalties paid?

A: IBJ CP pays royalties quarterly if the amount is $50 or more, otherwise, royalty payments are made bi-annually during the months of July and January.

Q: Does IBJ CP control the price of my book?

A: We do not control the pricing of your book. We will help our authors determine the best price for their book in their market, but the author has the final decision.

Q: Does IBJ CP create eBooks?

A: Yes, for an additional fee. eBooks will be made available on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Google and many other digital and eBook sites. 

Q: Does IBJ CP design and print magazines?

A: Yes.


FAQs – Education

Q: Can my company/organization sponsor the scholarship?

A: Yes.

Q: Who pays the scholarship?

A: IBJ Media.

Q: How is the scholarship paid?

A: IBJ CP will deposit the funds directly into the student’s school account.

Q: Who is eligible to win a scholarship?

A: Next Indiana—Currently enrolled Indiana high school juniors and seniors. Either grade level must be entering an Indiana college within 12 months of high school graduation. Scholarship winners will receive a certificate that must be redeemed by the student prior to their first semester at an Indiana vocational or technical school, college or university. If the student does not redeem his/her certificate, the scholarship will be forfeited. Scholarships are paid directly to the student’s school account. 

Grad—Currently enrolled Indiana college juniors and seniors either completing their education in Indiana or students entering an Indiana college or university for further education. Scholarship winners will receive a certificate that must be redeemed within 12 months completion of their undergraduate degree. If the student does not redeem his/her certificate, the scholarship will be forfeited. Scholarships are paid directly to the student’s school account.

Career Ready Indiana—Any potential student enrolling in an Indiana vocational or technical school or preparing to go back to college or graduate school in Indiana. Scholarship winners will receive a certificate that must be redeemed within 12 months of being awarded. If the student does not redeem his/her certificate, the scholarship will be forfeited. Scholarships are paid directly to the student’s school account.

Q: How are the magazines distributed?

A: Next Indiana is distributed to every high school junior and senior via the guidance counselors’ offices.

Grad is direct mailed to all Indiana college juniors and seniors in the six (6) public universities, as well as, bulk deliveries to the career centers on campus. Bulk deliveries are made to the career centers of all the private colleges and universities, and to the Indiana State Library system.

Career Ready Indiana is distributed through the state via bulk deliveries to all the colleges and universities, WorkOne Centers within the 12 Indiana regions, yearlong posting on the DWD website, Indiana State Libraries, Indiana Adult and Juvenile Correctional Facilities and copies are inserted in Indianapolis Business Journal.

All three magazines are also available during the Indiana State Fair at the Learn More Indiana/Indiana Commission for Higher Education booth.

Q: Can my company/organization post internships on your website?

A: Yes. There will be a posting fee.