Frequently asked Questions
Not really, we see ourselves more as a bridge between self-publishing and
the conventional publishing. We do not provide editorial work but can put you
in touch with potential partners. We also work with publishers who might be
interested in your book. Working with us means you keep all your rights, so you
are free to move to a publisher at any time.
En gros, si vous n'imprimez pas de livre, cela ne vous coûte rien, mais évidemment le but n'est pas là. Nous imprimons à la demande et en fonction du tirage, le prix de production à l'exemplaire varie. En faisant une demande de devis ici, vous recevrez une idée très précise du coût de production.
You get a straightforward calculation when you request a quote. By
working with Indigo Projects, the price you want to sell your book less the
cost of printing your book equals your margin. As an author you will earn much
more than through the traditional channel.
How the traditional channel works: For a book bought in a bookshop via a publisher, the author earns between 6 and 10% of the book's selling price. Imagine that a book bought for €20 in a bookshop earns the author about €1.6.
Our organisation is 100% Belgian and family owned.
Grammage : A paper is often described by its grammage expressed in grams per m².
- Uncoated white offset paper: these papers are fairly white and give good colour rendition. They are typically used in educational, technical and management books that require text and images and in which the reader can easily make annotations. You could say that it is like a good quality copier paper.
- Bulky paper: these papers are typically used for novels. Their off-white/cream colour makes for a more pleasant, longer reading experience. They are called "bulky" because they are thicker than other papers of equivalent weight. This gives volume to your book. The higher the "hand", the thicker the paper. Bulky paper also has a more natural feel.
- Semi-matt coated paper: These papers are more commonly known as "glossy" papers because the surface layer gives them a glossier appearance, as in magazines. They are suitable for prints where photos and colour are predominant. Think for example of comics, tourist guides,... Their disadvantage is that they are thinner, so the book will be thinner.
- One-sided coated cardboard: this cardboard has two completely different sides: the coated side, as with coated paper, is the side printed often in colour for the cover. The spine is usually left blank. Most books are printed with such a cover.
- Two-sided coated board: this board is used when the author wants the covers to be printed on the inside as well (2nd and 3rd cover)
- Uncoated textured board: this type of board is often used for books that want to give a more artistic, luxurious image: the surface of the paper has a grain similar to that found in drawing paper.
- Cardboard cover: a 2mm thick cardboard covered with a printed paper gives rigidity to the cover. The book has a more prestigious image, but is also much more expensive to produce.
- Laminating: This is a lamination of the cover to protect it further. Laminating is included in the price, either in a matt or glossy version.
- Anti-scratch lamination: this is a reinforced matt or glossy version so that any scratches are not visible
lamination: some people compare its special touch to a "peach skin"