We recommend that you scan the The Secret Code character questionnaire below. If you are unsure what to enter for a particular selection, click the Tips link. After starting the questionnaire, if you need more time click Continue and your information will be saved for two weeks in your shopping cart.
You can now dedicate your personalized novel to the lucky recipient, as well as select from a variety of special messages! Type in the recipient's name exactly as you wish it to appear (25 characters or fewer), then the name of the gift giver (usually your own name). Finally, choose your dedication message from the drop-down box. (The default message is "Much Love." Don't want any? Choose "No Message.")
Our paperback editions are just like standard paperbacks, except infinitely better... they're personalized!
We use a 'perfect binding' process, and our covers are printed in dazzling full-color, with several options available for customization.
4.25" x 7"
10.8cm x 17.7cm
Book By You® presents hardcover editions of our personalized novels: make your gift even more extraordinary!
Our hardcover editions are beautifully bound and make an amazing gift that will be treasured forever. Each book's striking artwork is laminated onto the sturdy cover material resulting in a rich, lustrous finish that will retain its original look for years.
5 3/4" x 8 5/8"
14.61cm x 21.91cm
Book By You® presents eBook editions of our personalized novels: give the gift of an e-reading experience to remember!
Our eBooks are available for download immediately upon ordering. To make them especially personal, each eBook includes a free photo upload feature! Add a personalized dedication, and the result is a remarkable eBook that can be taken anywhere and read any time!
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For an extra $9.95, you can make your personalized Book By You® novel even more special by adding a photograph to the back cover! For a limited time - this photo option is FREE for eBooks. Note that for eBooks, the photo is displayed on the second page after the cover image.
Imagine the recipient's reaction to being the star of an exciting novel ... and having his or her very own image highlighted on the professionally-bound novel's back cover page! This remarkable and utterly unique keepsake will be enjoyed and treasured forever.
All you have to do is select the personalized book you wish to purchase and fill in the questionnaire, choosing the "add a custom photograph" option. Custom photographs can be placed on both our paperback or hardcover editions. Once you submit the questionnaire, you can then pick a photograph and upload it using our easy to use form.
An additional fee of only $9.95 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!
We personalize our paperback front covers and the first pages of our hard covers, and they look absolutely stunning! Just think of your personalized novel on the bookshelf or coffee table with your heroine and/or hero's name highlighted in big bold letters. Additionally, if you choose to have a photo added to the back cover for paperbacks and hardcover editions, the names selected will also be included on the back cover. With eBook editions the names will appear under the photo displayed on the second page of the book.
Note: all names will be taken from the top sections of the Character Questionnaire.
Our "main" character begins and leads the story. On his/her own or with a friend, our main character works to uncover the mysteries involving a missing school project and the money the lead character and his/her friend worked so hard to save for a fun balloon ride journey. Full of curiosity and initiative (and a fascination with solving puzzles -- s/he fantasizes about being a detective one day), our lead character is occasionally a bit forgetful and stubborn, which sometimes causes problems; however, thanks to determination, wits, good sense, humor and kindness, s/he successfully works to fix the problem. All these experiences teach the character valuable lessons about choices, industriousness, being respectful of others' feelings, and responsibility.
When entering the main character's name, include the most commonly used version, for example, Mike for Michael or Nan for Nancy. Feel free to use a nickname.
Descriptions of hair color, length and type as well as eye color are included within the text of the book - so select the basic description that best suits the person you have picked to be the main character. If you are not sure of a feature, don't worry... pick one - it's a fantasy!!
The friend in the story plays a fun and indispensable role, cajoling and supporting the main character in all the ways best friends do! Of course, at times, our friends disagree (the friend is disappointed when the money goes missing and our lead character fears the friend will be angry), but their small conflicts are quick to mend, and their loyalty to one another -- and perseverence -- is what truly saves the day.
Suggestions for the 'friend' character would be a close friend or neighbor, a brother or sister, a cousin, classmate, or even a TV character! If you can't think of a name for the 'friend' character in the book (or there are too many to select from) relax - choose a favorite cartoon, movie or television character or make one up.
Choose the commonly used first name for the person you have selected. For instance - use Bob instead of Robert if he is usually called 'Bob'.
Descriptions of the friend's hair and eye color aren't used often within the story, so don't worry if you can't remember or don't know. Sometimes it's fun to make it up - for added fun include 'spiky red hair'!
The adult's support and encouragement helps our main character believe in his/her ability to solve the mystery, even when few others believe in him or her. The adult character plays a relatively minor role compared to our main characters. This character could be a relative of the 'Main Character' such as Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Aunt, Uncle or an adult friend. You can also include combinations of names such as 'Uncle Tim' or 'Granny Sue'.
If the book is being given as a gift by an adult, the 'adult character' is an ideal place to put the gift-giver's name.
If you can't think of an 'adult' or don't wish to put your name in the book, think about selecting a cartoon, movie or television character.
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|Friend's eye color:||heroeyecolor|
|Friend's hair color:||herohaircolor|
|Friend's hair length:||herohairlength|
|Friend's hair style:||herohairstyle|
|Adult's first/usual name:||friendlastname|
|1:||Main character's first & last name|
|3:||Main character & friend's first names|