The Process of Publishing Electronically with DigiNatal

    1. On our end, it all starts with our questionnaire and your responses to it. Please answer every question, as this is the only way we can draft a publishing agreement, if we decide this is warranted. When you are done and have sent us your completed questionnaire (if by email, then sent to ‘publisher AT diginatal DOT com’); we will confirm receipt of your completed questionnaire, to let you know that our process has begun. It’s as simple as that. (If you don’t hear back within four business days, please send an email reminder and put ‘MY PUBLISHING CONTRACT’ in the subject line of your email.

    2. Along with your completed questionnaire, we also ask that you submit a sample chapter or other substantial portion of the work you would like for us to publish. This will help us to assess your need for editorial services, copy-editing and electronic formatting. (When sending your responses and sample chapter, don’t be shy to request a ‘read-receipt’. In any case, we will issue you a formal receipt via email when we receive a sample of your work.)

    3. After we have received your completed questionnaire and a sample of your work; our next step is to input your questionnaire responses into our document drafting system, which we use to prepare publishing agreements, among other things. We will also review the written material that you’ve sent us, judging your sample work for accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation; for structure, style and readability; and for market appeal. (Please forgive us in advance, but we will also examine it for any potential instances of plagiarism, copyright infringement, or other potential pitfalls of publishing, which if found would prevent us from proceeding.)

    4. If everything makes business sense to us, we will output our publishing agreement as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file and send it to you via email, at the address you have provided in your response to our questionnaire.

    5. You and your advisors can then review our publishing agreement, and if it is agreeable to you, you can print two (or more) hardcopies, sign and initial every copy everywhere necessary, and send these hard-copy printouts back to us. Ordinary postal service is acceptable, but premium postal or courier services are recommended.

    6. When we receive the two-or-more signed and initialed hardcopies of your publishing contract, we will countersign them, initial them everywhere necessary, and send all copies except one of them back to you, for your safekeeping. The copy we keep will be retained in our records. At this point, we will be formally engaged as your electronic publisher.

    7. You can send us your completed manuscript as an electronic file, at any time after step #5 above.

Your manuscript must be in one of the following electronic file formats; Microsoft Word '.doc' or '.docx'; Rich Text Format '.rtf'; Open Document Text '.odt'; Word Processing Software '.wps'; Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format '.pdf'; or Hyper-Text Mark-up '.htm', or '.html'.
    1. Once we have your complete manuscript in hand, we will subject it to normal copyediting to ensure that it is free of errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Along the way we may also render editorial suggestions. With these edits and editorial suggestions done, we will send you back our ‘Proof Manuscript’ for your detailed consideration and review. This will give you an opportunity to either accept or reject each edit or alteration that we have offered. This process may involve some back-and-forth, the purpose of which will be to arrive at a mutually acceptable text of your work. If we can satisfy each other in this process, the result will be our ‘Production Manuscript’.

    2. When we arrive at a mutually agreeable Production Manuscript we will then work to convert it into various draft eBook formats, complete with cover art, so you can have one last chance to review things before publication.

    3. If you want to demonstrate your care for the environment, we would be most pleased to help you do that, by preparing a very detailed kind of environmental statement for your ebook called a ‘life cycle inventory’ (LCI). Our LCIs quantify the comparative resource requirements and environmental emissions of your eBook and its hard-copy analogues, to draw a clear comparison between your eBook and its paper-based equivalents. This will establish a defensible estimate of the relative environmental benefits of reading your work in electronic form.

For us to properly quantify the environmental benefits of our eBooks, we have to be able to compare them to the alternative - hard-copy books printed on paper, packed in a box and physically shipped to readers. This is exactly what we have done. In the interest of being thorough, we have prepared a three-way comparison of book buying and delivery options, which we have called 'scenarios'. To do this, we have used a proprietary computer model developed by Synerlux Heuristics, which is another division of our parent company, Synerlux Corporation.

For example: If we were to use our computer model for your project; scenario #1 would see a reader shop online for and buy your specific eBook, and then take delivery of it via instant digital download; which is a scenario we can compute energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions for. In scenarios #2 and #3, we would model for an equivalent-sized hard-copy book (with your choice of hard or soft cover), plus the corrugated shipping carton it would need to be packed in, and also the logistics-related energy requirements and airborne emissions that arise from delivery to a specific destination (and we are open to suggestions, in case you have a particular delivery destination in mind). For scenario #2, we model that delivery is made via express shipping that includes air freight. For scenario #3, we model that delivery is via ground shipping only, carried end-to-end by truck. All three scenarios model for an equivalent-sized book, delivered over an equivalent distance.

For the sake of being more than fair; we have used high-end analytical estimates while modelling the eBook scenario #1; and have made a number of best-case assumptions for scenarios #2 and #3. On the whole, this would tend to overestimate energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions for our eBooks; and on the flip side, for scenarios #2 and #3; this would tend to underestimate the resource requirements and resulting emissions of comparable hard-copy books. For the two hard-copy book scenarios #2 and #3, we are able to model not just energy requirements, but also the need for wood and recycled fibres; and as for environmental emissions, we can model not just greenhouse gases, but a whole roster of airborne, solid and liquid wastes.

Of course, it is a little like comparing apples and oranges, to measure a de-materialized eBook that is delivered by digital download, against hard-copy books that are packed in boxes and shipped using trucks and airplanes. To do this, we needed to establish a 'common denominator', and so we have prepared the greenhouse gas footprints of all three scenarios.

This explains the very broad strokes of what we call a (cradle-to-gate) 'distributed and comparative life cycle inventory' (a DC-LCI). We would be very happy to prepare a DC-LCI for your eBook, which is something that we would do for you at no cost whatsoever, if you choose DigiNatal Publishing as the electronic publisher for your eBook.

For more information about this unique service offered by DigiNatal Publishing, please read about our Environmental Statements.
  1. Once we have your final approval, we will assign an ‘International Standard Book Number’ (ISBN) to each of the eBook file formats of your work. With this done, we can produce publication editions of your work.

  2. With publication editions ready, we will undertake ‘legal deposit’ with the ‘National Library of Canada’, so that your eBooks will become a permanent part of the official archive. This step would also involve cataloguing your eBooks, which also helps to bring them to the attention of retailers.

  3. Our next step would be to offer your eBooks for sale on our website, which we can do very quickly. If you have a website, or would like for us to put one together for you so that your eBooks can be sold through your website as well, we can certainly help with that as well. (You will first need to acquire the internet website domain that you want. It is in your own best interest to handle this yourself, and we can easily walk you through this process, step-by-step. Please do us both a favour and speak with us first, before shopping for a domain name.)

  4. With these ‘direct sales’ channels established in the previous step #13, we will then work to establish the ‘third-party sales’ channels. These third-party sales are for eBooks that we will sell through internet-based eBook retailers. To proceed on this, you can choose either to authorize us to list your eBooks for sale with every retailer we deal with, or you can choose to authorize these dealings with specific retailers, one at a time, each one upon your express approval, as you will specify in your response to our questionnaire, mentioned above.

  5. As your eBook sells, and as we receive payments from our third-party retailers, we will disperse royalties to you as quickly as we can. We have the systems to make all the necessary calculations, so that by the time the payments we receive are cleared through our bank account, we can immediately issue royalty payments to you and our other Authors. As a matter of policy, we will disperse royalty payments to our Authors without holding them back until arbitrary intervals have passed, unlike how other Publishers pay their Authors. In general, we will disperse royalties from direct sales at the same time as we pay out royalties from third-party sales.

  6. Along with each royalty payment, you will also receive a detailed statement that clearly passes-on as much sales information as is practicable concerning exactly how and where and when your eBook is selling. This way you can monitor how well your promotional efforts are proceeding.