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Frequently Asked Questions

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Our novels are professionally bound and are available in both paperback, hardcover and ebook editions. For paperbacks and hardcovers we use a 'perfect binding' process, which means each book looks and feels just like a classic paperback or hardcover novel -- except infinitely better, because it's personalized!

The covers are printed in dazzling full-color, with several options available for customization. You can even upload a photo and have it appear on the back cover, along with personalized text previewing the book. (We use the names you provide to personalize the back cover text when the photo cover option is selected.) You can also upload a photo for your personalized ebook and it appears in the first few pages of your novel and looks terrific!

Our books are the same size as standard paperbacks and hardcovers: paperbacks are 4 1/4" x 7" (11cm x 18 cm) and hardcovers are 5 3/4" x 8 5/8" (14.5cm x 21.90cm). Ebooks are available in ePub and PDF formats and are immediately downloadable upon order.

With either version, you have the option to add a custom photo to the back cover!

We provide defaults for many of the selections in our books, but it is always better if you personalize as many of the characteristics as possible. If you are unsure about a characteristic, don't worry: remember, it's a fantasy, so you can put something outlandish or humorous! You can even use a celebrity or fictional person's name if you want. Have fun! If you can't remember or don't know a character's last name, leave it blank - a space or blank will not appear in the book. (However, for some novels, particularly our line of personalized classics, each character field is required.)

Characteristics such as 'Friend's Hair' and 'Eye Color' are not mentioned often in the book so don't worry if you can't remember all the characteristics!

Click here to see the chart below for a current delivery schedule outlining the various shipping options. Please note that the delivery dates are different for paperback and hardcover editions. You will also find this chart on the order form, where you'll be asked to select a shipping option. We print our books in print runs that occur multiple times a week and daily during peak seasons such as Christmas and Valentine's. Depending on the timing of our next print run and the delivery option you select, you could receive your book in two to ten days. Check out our Gift Guide to find the perfect present for your loved one.

Need to present a gift immediately, as in today? Don't worry, print a personalized Gift Announcement! It's a classy way to say your gift is on its way. It can be printed immediately from our website now! Click here to find out more about our personalized Gift Announcement. It's almost as good as the real thing - they'll you for it! Also, download a personalized ebook edition to give and read while you're waiting for the printed book to arrive.

If you are worried about the delivery time of your novel, email us at publish@bookbyyou.com or call 1-877-898-1440 and let us know - we will do our best to expedite the delivery.

The cost for each book within the continental United States and Canada are different for each division and are depicted below (USD/CDN), plus shipping. We also offer Priority Post and Courier Express shipping options.

DivisionPaperbacks Hardcovers
Romance $39.95 $59.95
Classic$29.95 $49.95
Kids$29.95 $49.95
Teen$29.95 $49.95
Mystery$29.95 $49.95

We ship worldwide and have many overseas customers, including the UK and Europe. Books shipped outside North America are billed in US dollars and charged an additional $9 shipping and handling. International courier shipping options are also available to many countries for an additional $30. For overseas/international orders, click for a currency calculator.

For orders to a single address, only one fee is charged no matter how many books are shipped. This also applies to expedited shipping options.

We can process your order online and accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal. Our server uses SSL (Secure Socket Level) encryption. SSL ensures that the transmission of your transaction is safe and secure. By far, the majority (98%) of our orders are placed online.

If you don't wish to order online, you can order through our toll-free order desk at 1-877-898-1440 or you can print and mail the completed Character Questionnaire along with a check or money order. Our mailing address is included on the Order Page and on the Character Questionnaire page.

The personalized Gift Announcement is a certificate that is created and personalized by you and can be printed from our website immediately and given to the recipient of the novel. You add your spouse or friend's name to the Gift Announcement to create a touching message that shows the recipient that you've taken the time and care to find a creative and fun gift. The gift announcement is created after you've placed your order and is part of the order confirmation page provided after completing the character questionnaire. To find out more, and see a personalized sample of a Gift Announcement, click here. Remember, it's never too late to say I love you!

While filling in the character questionnaire for your book order, select the option to include a photo to customize the back cover. After clicking the "submit" button, you'll be taken to a page where you can select and upload a photograph of the hero and/or heroine you've chosen for your personalized novel. Before you upload, be sure to follow the important guidelines and technical requirements!

An additional fee of only $14.95 will be added to your final total; no extra processing time is required. Best of all, when the book arrives your customized novel's back cover will beautifully display the image of the real star of the adventure -- whether it's you, your loved one or a friend!

No, but all of our books arrive tucked in a highly attractive gold Mylar envelope, which looks terrific on its own or decorated with your own bow or ribbon.

To order a bear with your personalized novel, simply complete your book questionnaire/order form and go to your shopping cart, where you'll have the opportunity to add a teddy bear to your order. Please note that each bear is $14.95 -- and there's only an additional $7.00 shipping/handling fee, no matter what method of delivery you select!

These high-quality, plush 12" teddy bears have soft fur, detailed paws, and a beanbag-like filling in the feet and bottom that enables them to sit up and hold the personalized novel tucked in their cute fuzzy arms, an adorable pose that's perfect for both presentation and display. Our teddy bears come in two different colors: golden honey tan and a rich, amber brown. (Can't decide or have no preference? We'll be happy to pick for you.) Both are dressed with a beautiful red bow.

Select 'Gift Certificate' from our menu (under Titles). You will be able to choose a gift certificate (romance, mystery, classic, teen or kids' novel) for your recipient to personalize themselves. You can also select options that allow them to add their own personalized cover photo, a teddy bear, or even upgraded shipping with their gift certificate. Click here for more details about Gift Certificates.

Select a title to personalize and create after reviewing our selections. Complete the character questionnaire and, with your Gift Certificate redemption code handy, follow our checkout process. During checkout, you will be prompted to enter this code on the shipping page.

Enter your code at this point and complete the order checkout. Click here for more details about Gift Certificate redemption.

YES! At the bottom of the Character Questionnaire, we provide a place to specify the address to which you want the book shipped. Also of note, we will ship to overseas countries for an additional $9 shipping & handling.

It's easy! Just visit our new Order Status page and log in, using your last name and order ID number. (This is the six-digit number sent to you in the confirmation email after you made your purchase.) Once logged in to our secure page, you'll find printing, delivery and tracking information for your order. (Please note: tracking numbers are only available for orders placed using our Courier Express delivery option.)

Yes. If you have a website that fits with any of the Book By You® book formats (romance, teen & kids), we can provide additional new revenues through your website through our comprehensive affiliate program. Click here for more information about our affiliate program. If you are already an affiliate, click here to login to your account.

Upon purchasing your eBook on the Book By You® website, you will be given an option to open or download either the PDF or EPUB file of your book. You will also receive an email with this same option.

If you choose to open the file...
If your eReader is connected to wifi, or you are able to surf the internet on your device (e.g. iPad/iPhones, etc.), you can open the book directly on your eReader and start reading right away!

If you choose to download the file...
Once you have downloaded your selected file to your computer, you can then open it on your eReader via the device's specific instructions. This is usually by sending the eBook to your eReader's email address provided by the device, or by connecting your eReader to your computer and transferring it that way.

This process may vary depending on what device you are using, so if you run into issues, check your device's specifications for troubleshooting details.

Book By You®'s eBooks can be read in PDF format on the Kindle, or you can use a free program to convert your EPUB to a Kindle-compatible file via Calibre or KindleGen.

Book By You® eBooks are available in PDF and EPUB formats, which are supported by Nook, iPad/iPhone, Kobo, and Sony eReaders, among others (see your device's specifications for more details). Adobe Digital Editions also supports many eReader devices and can be helpful for eBook conversions.

Unfortunately, no. You may love, hug and cuddle your pet iguana, snake or pot bellied pig but we can't include them in the story. The personalized storyline was developed for a dog or cat.

Regarding Romance Novels ...

In our romance novels the sexual tension and excitement build with each encounter between our heroine and hero. (Often with a practical joke or tidbit of humor to add to the mix!) Most of the love scenes are fun and romantic with lots of rolling around and heavy breathing.

The scenes in Hot Blooded, our same-sex novel for men, are the most erotic and contain graphic sex and language. Fifty Shades of You includes profanity and very descriptive sexual scenes. Z Love, Seduction Games, By Magic Bound, Fierce Moon and ER Fever are the next spiciest. The rest of our books have been carefully written to present passion and love without explicit language or actions. We have something for everyone! Wedding Favors has no sex scenes, just sweet kisses (both chocolate and the other kind!).

Love's Next Door is 150 pages, Medieval Passion 160 pages, Z Love, Dark Embrace, Wedding Favors, Tropical Treasure, Vampire Kisses, Pirates of Desire, Western Rendezvous and ER Fever are approximately 180 pages, Racing Hearts, Click for Love, Starstruck and Hot Blooded are 195 pages, Seduction Games is 200 pages, and Fierce Moon and By Magic Bound and Wedding Favors are 202 pages.

YES! Many of our readers have asked for same-sex novels, and we've started by adapting two of our most popular novels (with originals coming soon).

For guys, we have Hot Blooded, a darkly erotic take on a classic vampire romance, where a powerful immortal and a college professor are drawn to each other and give in to desire despite the terrifying risk of their own destruction. For women, Seduction Games whisks our heroines off to a tropical island... where they're contestants in a reality TV show filled with bedlam and backstabbing (and plenty of off-camera passion!). Can a heartbroken woman with strong ethics learn to trust her wily, fierce competitor?

If you're looking for something appropriate for anyone with no romance at all, try our personalized mystery novel, Golden Night, which offers both male and female personalized companions for our lead characters.

We have many more releases planned, so stay tuned! You can "Like" Romance By You on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates on our latest news.

Unfortunately, no. You may love, hug and cuddle your pet iguana, snake or pot bellied pig but we can't include them in the story. The personalized storyline was developed for a dog or cat.

Regarding Classic Novels ...

We only personalize classic novels that are available in the public domain. We choose our favorites from beloved authors -- especially books filled with adventure, thrills, romance, and excitement! Just like you, we grew up reading and loving these novels, and always dreamed of stepping inside the fictional worlds, joining famous characters like Long John Silver, the Mad Hatter, Mr. Darcy, and even Dracula. Now Classic Book By You can offer everyone the chance to Live the Fantasy®... just as we always wanted!

The process begins by selecting a novel and going through the text carefully to choose the customizable characters. We start with the protagonist--usually the 'hero' or 'heroine' of the tale--and then we find the companions among the cast of characters who can also be customized.

Our personalized editions adhere as closely as possible to the original tales, other than changing the personalized character names and adding some other customized features (such as describing the characters' eye and hair colors).

In a few cases we might need to do some other editing to suit the personalized genre. To learn about any notable changes to each book, view the "What do we personalize?" section on each book description page. (Currently, only Peter Pan, Robin Hood and Treasure Island have any significant changes.)

Such edits are very rare, however; we treasure these classic novels too much to harm them--we wouldn't dare rewrite Dickens, Twain, Austen or Shakespeare!

Nor do we update or modernize the stories. It's true that many of the novels were written centuries ago, and so certain character types or descriptions may seem old-fashioned and even downright odd to our modern sensibilities. But finding ourselves living in an unusual time period or setting is part of the charm.

No, the books' titles remain true to their original titles (e.g. Alice in Wonderland). However, we do personalized the side of the paperback cover with whichever name you choose to feature. For example, the side will read: "Starring: Angela Jones." View a large version of a paperback cover.

Regarding Teen Novels ...

Prom and Prejudice has no romance or violence; the relationships among the four personalized characters are of friends. The hero and heroine do attend the prom together and the story can work either as friends or with the possibility of a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.

First Bite, Night Wolf, Sea Spell and Black Lace are about the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine. There is some intimacy implied (mostly kissing) but not graphically depicted.

In First Bite, the hero is a vampire and there are non-graphic scenes of violence both in the present and in descriptions of the hero's past.

Night Wolf is a darker story where the hero is a werewolf, and the story focuses on the mystery surrounding a serial killer. There are some attacks and descriptions of violence, but nothing very explicit. If this were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

Sea Spell is a fantasy adventure where our lead characters face danger and evil forces. There are some descriptions of violence, though not too graphic.

Black Lace is another dark paranormal tale where our hero is a Ward who leads the souls of the dead to their final rest, and our heroine is a succubus / vampire, destined to connect with her victims and eventually kill them. Some serious themes of love, loss and sacrifice are explored. Contains some non-graphic scenes of romance.

Regarding Kids Novels ...

Most of our books contain plenty of adventure but no violence.

Song Quest does explore a few more serious themes, with some brief descriptions of peril for our personalized lead characters and a worrisome illness for their (fictional) families. Our lead characters must go into battle with some fearsome creatures, and one (non-personalized) character does die, not graphically. However, there is nothing in this book that wouldn't be found in Disney films such as The Lion King, Bambi or Tangled.

Themes such as the value of friendship, creativity, perseverance and the importance of following your dreams are explored and uniquely presented in a manner only possible through a full-length personalized story. The themes and values are presented subtly to enhance the story, and in no way detract from the storyline.

Yes! We have Teen Book By You®, a division specifically for teens and tweens. Most of the personalized characters are of high school age, and the themes are generally more mature and aimed at children and young adults ages 11 and up. Visit http://TeenBookByYou.com for more details and a listing of all our available books.

Regarding Mystery Novels ...

Golden Night has no romance; the relationships among the four personalized characters are of friends and colleagues.

Fierce Moon is a romantic suspense where the hero and heroine become personally involved during the investigation; there are some spicy scenes between the two. The plot interweaves both mystery and romance.