Frequently Asked Questions

How do you pronounce Direidi?

Dir-E-dee

What does Direidi mean?

Direidi is a Welsh word meaning mischief or mischievous.

Why are you 'The Mischievous Publisher'?

Mischievous means to have a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.Direidi believes in causing trouble for the mainstream publishing houses by focusing on E-books and POD. This was one of the main reasons we chose the name Direidi Publishing.

What makes Direidi Publishing different from other publishing houses?

The model Direidi is using is a new model from the standard publishing houses. It is a pure royalties base model. We also believe in having a close working relationship with our authors. The author will be part of the review cycle. The author has the final say when possible.

Why choose a royalties based model instead of the standard model?

When looking at the publishing industry it was decided the current model needed to be replaced with a new model. The only model which made sense was one based on royalties.

Do you accept self-published authors?

Yes. We also accept established authors.

If you accept self-published authors, is Direidi Publishing a vanity press?

No. A vanity press charges a fee upfront to published a book. Direidi does not charge any advance fee. We share the royalties with the author.

Do you pay an author advance fee?

No. Being a royalties based model we make our money from the royalties from the sale of the book.

Won't you lose money if the book doesn't sell?

Yes. This is always a chance. But the author also does not make any money nor does the author have to repay any of the advance due to lack of sale from the book.

What is an E-book?

The E in 'E-book' stands for electronic. So an E-book is an electronic book. It is not a paper base book.

What does POD stands for?

POD stands for Print-On-Demand.

What is a print-on-demand book?

At the time the book is purchase (demand) the printer will print the book. Once the book has been printed it will be sent to the purchaser. Thus giving the name print-on-demand.

Why do some people call a standard book a 'dead-tree'?

It is a standard book which is printed on paper. Most paper is made from wood particles. Another way of thinking about it, the paper is from a dead-tree.

What is DRM?

Digital Rights Management. Please see the write-up on DRM.

Do you books contains any DRM?

No. Even if our distributer did allow DRM (which they don't) we would not include a DRM. DRM goes against our policies.

May I read Direidi published E-books on any of my computers?

Yes.

May I share my E-book with my family or friends?

Yes.

Won't you lose money if I share your E-books?

Yes. We would like each person to buy their own copy, which is why we try to keep our prices low.

How do you prevent people from stealing your E-books?

We can't. There is no protection system which has not already been broken or will be broken soon. We believe if we keep the price low people will be more willing to buy a copy instead of steal it. An E-books which have the same price as a hardback book is inviting people to steal it. This is a mistake which mainstream publishing houses don't seem to understand.

But doesn't that mean you need to sell more E-books to make money?

Yes and no. While it is true we will need to sell more books to make the same amount of money for an over price E-book, by keeping the cost lower we hope to sell more E-books to begin with.

Do you accept new authors?

Yes. There are a lot of good authors who have received rejection letters before their books were published. JK Rowling 'Harry Potter' book was rejected a number of times before it was accepted by a publishing company. Just think, the first publishing could have made all the money on the Harry Potter books instead of the publishing house which accepted JK Rowling. Why miss a good chance to make money?

Are you willing to publish a book which is out-of-print?

Yes. If the author still owns the rights to the out-of-print book we are willing to reissue the book. In most cases the book has already proven it can make money. Why not continue to make money from the book?

Do I maintain the rights to my book if you publish it?

Yes. You only grant Direidi the right to publish the book. You may reclaim those rights at any time.

Once I publish my book with Direidi may I have someone else publish it instead?

Yes. You may terminate your contract with Direidi at anytime. The book will be pulled from publication. All royalties will be paid after they have been collected. You may than have the new publisher publish the book after they have reformatted the book. You may not use files created by Direidi.

I want to use artwork of my choice for the cover. Well you let me?

Yes. Artwork will be reviewed by both Direidi and the author and will not be released until its meets both their approvals if possible. In the event of a disagreement, the author will have the final say. Choosing the wrong artwork may prevent the book from being distributed to online stores. Also be aware interior color artwork will increase the base cost of a POD book.

Do you providing editing service?

No. Currently Direidi does not have any editors on staff. But we may be able to assist you to find an editor.

Do you provide a proofreading service?

No. Currently Direidi does not have any proofreaders on staff. But we may be able to asist you to find a proofreader.

Aren't editors and proofreaders the same?

No. And editor typically reads written content and checks it for sense, clarity, grammatical and mechanical accuracy, and conformance to applicable standards such as writing giudelines and prescribed style. An editor also has to think about substantive changes and the structure and flow of the book or article as a whole.

A proofreader will not be tempted to re-edit the work. They deal with the formated work and ensure it is correct with the edited manuscript.

Do you provide artists for cover art?

No. Currently Direidi does not have any graphics artist on staff. If you need a graphic artist we might be able to suggest one. But any fees will be between you and the artist.

I have a image I want to use, but I need help putting text on the image. Will Direidi help me?

Yes. We will work with you to typeset your text on the image.

I don't know what is required to create an E-book. Well you handle the layout?

Yes. This is part of our service. We will put your story into the forms required for an E-book and a POD if required.

Will I be able to review the book before it is submitted for distribution?

Yes. There will be a number of review cycle during the production of the book. Ensuring you are as happy as possible with the results is very important. At the same time, there are some hard limits which must be followed for distribution.

I don't know what extra pages are required for my book. I only have the story itself.

Direidi will provide you with a template for the normal front and back matter.

What is 'front matter'?

It is the term for the pages in a book before the story start. These include the publisher page, the table of content, any foreword, dedication and introduction.

What is the 'back matter'?

Any pages which comes after the story. These may include an author bio or notes, a preview of a future book and so on.

How much will a print-on-demand cost?

There are a number of things which may affect the price, such as the total number of pages, trim size of the book, hardback or paperback, the type of paper and if the interior contains any color images.

Why should I use Direidi Publishing instead of doing the work myself?

You may do it yourself if you want. But keep in mind Direidi has already found a distributer which will get the book into the online stores. We also know the requirements to layout the book for both the E-book form and for print-on-demand. Most authors really do not want to worry about the details required to meet the requirements for distribution.

Why should I split the royalties with you?

Seeing Direidi does not charge any upfront fees, Direidi splits the royalties with you to cover our fees. You are paying for our skills and knowledge. Also for all the work we do getting your book into the stores and collect the royalties from the distributors. We also issue you a 1099-misc at the end of the year. We do the work you may not want to do or have the knowledge or skills.

I want to do all of the work and distribute it myself. Will you help?

Direidi will be happy to consult with you ... for a fee. As most people know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. You pay one way or another.

If I want to change the genre I write in, may I?

Yes. Direidi will accept any genre.

I have a number of very short stories, will you publish them?

Yes, but it might be better to combine a number of them together in one book instead of publishing as single stories.

I have already published my story on a story online site or my own web page. May I still publish them with you?

Yes. It is a good idea to publish them in a 'value added' form. Meaning combine them with something with will add value to the book. For example, with artwork which has not been seen before. As an unabridged story, or in a collection of your other stories. The value added should be something which will add new value to the story. Remember by publishing your story on the online stores you are putting it before people who may never have read the story on the sites where you had it published.

I use a nom de plume (pen-name). I'm worry about people finding out my real name.

This is always a problem for authors. Direidi endeavors to protect the anonymity of the author to the extent allowed by law and will not, either by direct action or through inaction, allow third parties access to information about the author other than what is already in the public domain. Pen-names and other aliases will be used in all correspondence with the public at large.

I want to keep use my pen-name and keep my real name hidden. But I want my story to be published and I don't care if I receive any royalties. Are you still willing to published my story?

Yes. We have a couple of options which we can choose from. The first option is for the author to pay Direidi a fee. The book would than be put only onto the distributor site for free. This does limit how many people will be able to find the book.

The second option can provide a unique service. We will still published the story and change a amount agreed by the author. The author royalties would be directed to any charity of the author choice in the author pen-name. This may be a real benefit for the charity. And it allows the book to be published on all of the major online stores. This also is an example of a value added book. A good charity could be 'Plant A Tree for a $1.00'. Just think instead of a dead-tree we can have living trees.

I'm not happy with your contract terms. Are you willing to negotiate terms?

Yes. A contract must be acceptable by both parties. Direidi is willing to negotiate terms which will be acceptable by both the author as well as Direidi. Some terms must remain as they currently are. All others may be negotiated.

I want to know about the history of copyright. Could you suggest a source?

The United State Pirate published the book No Safe Harbor. In the book is an article written by Rick Falkvinge starting on page 68 title The History of Copyright. The book is published under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license and may be copyed, downloaded or shared as you please without breaking any copyright laws.

I want to improve my writing style. Could you suggest a book.

The Chicago Manual of Style is a good source for writing styles also know as the CMOS.

Why is everyone now days starting a sentence with "So ..."?

A number of article have been written on the subject such as So Here's Why Everyone Is Starting Sentences With The Word 'So', and How A Popular Two-Letter Word Is Undermining Your Credibility.

I have been told I over use the word "that", I don't understand?

Often the word that shoud be either removed or replaced with another word. Read the articles Five Words You Can Cut and Is the word “that” overused?

I been told I use the word "can" wrong, why?

Can is an ability question. May asks permission. Meaning often the word "can" should be replaced by any number of words dependding on the use. Words such as "which", "may", "will", "could", "would" and so on. The use of "can" has become popular of late. If you read older writing you will not find it as over used as it is currently.

I just finished reading an online story written in first person where all of the thoughts of the protagonist were in italics instead of inclosed in double-qoutes. Should I adopt this style for my writing?

Yes, as it is a nice style to follow. This is a new style by some very good online writers. It reduces the over use of quotes and also at the same time mark the thoughts so they standout from the rest of the text. While this writing style it is not covered in the CMOS it should be.