Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

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Our personalized teen novels contain fun and adventure, with humor carefully intertwined throughout. Stay tuned for more exciting novels from Teen Book By You™ as we expand our selection to offer a variety of teenage-themed novels. (Click on the books' titles to see a free personalized demonstration of each.)

In Heist, a ruthless thief breaks into a museum, the youngest detective on the force (our hero) and the art conservation intern (our heroine) clash as they try to solve the crime. He suspects an inside job; she's certain a painting hides the key to a golden treasure - and the consequences could be deadly!

Prom and Prejudice packs all the fun and frenzy of high school, from football games to student rivalries to prom night, into a hilarious and suspenseful personalized novel. A smart, prank-playing jock clashes with a clever cheerleader and both are caught up in an escalating series of adventures leading up to the prom. Perfect for teens & preteens.

First Bite is a timeless romance that begins when our smart heroine has her life saved by a mysterious stranger hiding a secret: he's an immortal vampire. Though our hero tries to keep her from learning the truth, their destinies are entwined and true love cannot be denied. Great for fans of Twilight, True Blood, Moonlight and Vampire Diaries.

Night Wolf sweeps our modern, mystery-loving heroine back to 1892, where she joins a dashing young detective on the hunt for a serial killer haunting the London streets. But our hero has a deadly secret: at each full moon, he turns into a savage werewolf! A  romantic thriller that'll drive you wild. Great for Teen Wolf, True Blood or Sherlock Holmes fans.

Sea Spell is a thrilling fantasy romance, where a young Water Mage (our hero) and a clever, reckless girl who practices magic in secret must join forces to search for an ancient treasure necessary to save the world from destruction. Despite their differences, the duo soon learn that they can work together... and that nothing's more magical than love.

In Black Lace, a young Shadow Ward who guides lost souls to their final rest realizes his latest assignment isn't dead, but undead: a lovely, lethal vampire who feasts not on blood, but on her victims' life-force. Captive and captivated, our hero learns that the bond between him and our heroine is both physical and emotional. What dark secret could lead to their salvation...or their destruction?

We also have personalized classic novels, personalized mystery novels, personalized romance novels and full-length personalized children’s novels! Unique gifts for everyone from children of all ages to adults.

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Our books range from 170 - 200 pages. They are professionally bound and available in both paperback and hardcover editions. 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.)

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).

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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.

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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.  

1st Class Mail   $4.95 Tuesday, November 1 Thursday, November 3
Priority Post   $7.00 Friday, October 28 Tuesday, November 1
Courier Express**   $15.00 Wednesday, October 26 Friday, October 28
Overseas Air Mail   $9.00 Friday, November 4 Monday, November 7
Overseas Courier***   $30.00 Thursday, October 27 Monday, October 31
Ebooks are available for download immediately upon order.
* Orders containing both paperbacks and hardcovers will be shipped together.
** Courier shipments within North America by Federal Express or UPS.
*** Courier to overseas locations by Federal Express.

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! 

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

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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. Click here to find out more, and see a personalized sample of a Gift Announcement.  Remember, it's never too late to share a unique gift!

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The cost for each book within the continental United States and Canada is $24.95 for paperbacks and $44.95 for hardcovers, plus shipping. We also offer Priority Post and Courier Express shipping options.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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, and you can put something outlandish or humorous!  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.

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! 

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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.  

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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!

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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 do, 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!

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Select 'Gift Certificate' from our menu (under Titles). You will be able to choose a gift certificate (teen, kids, romance, mystery or classic) 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.

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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 when you see this image:

 promo code image

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.)

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Yes. If you have a website that fits with any of the Book By You® book formats (mystery, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Your customized photo on the back cover!

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Teen Book By You Gift Certificates

Give a Gift Certificate for one of our full-length, personalized teen novels! It's easy, fast and always the perfect gift.

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