FAQ


  1. Do we need to hold a book fair to take part?
  2. How long does it take to produce the book?
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. How much does each book cost?
  5. How many students can take part?
  6. Is it suitable for all age groups?
  7. What should I put in my book?
  8. What should my password be?
  9. Do I have to order a minimum number of copies?
  10. Why do we need to pay for 50 copies in registration?
  11. What is the minimum number of stories required in the book?
  12. Can we use the book to fundraise?
  13. How is the book made?
  14. How long should a short story be?
  15. Can we create more than one book?
  16. What order should the book take?
  17. Who designs the cover?
  18. How can I make the process easier?
  19. How do I order my final copies?
  20. Can we order more copies of the book after our initial order?
  21. When is it advised to start the course so it's finished before school holidays?
  22. What if I get stuck?
  23. Can I spellcheck?
  24. Is the final copy submitted what will appear?
  25. Can we hold a book launch?
  26. How do we get started?

Do we need to hold a book fair to take part?

No. The Emu Ink Schools' Publishing Programme does not require you to hold a book fair, so you can simply sign up and start your journey to becoming a published author!

How long does it take to produce the book?

Once registered, the school will be given a choice of term within which it will have access to the members' area of the website. In this time the school will be expected to complete the course (which is loosely based on a two-hour timeframe, once a week for four weeks). Once the course is finished and the copy sent back to Emu Ink, the school will be given an estimated delivery date for its books.

How much does it cost?

The course is FREE to take part in. There is, however, a minimum order of 50 books required on registration.

How much does each book cost?

€10. This pays for the production of the book, layout and design, the printing, one digital proof copy and post/delivery of your order to your door.

How many students can take part?

All schools differ in size, so while one school's work might fit in one book (depending on the size of it and of each story/poem etc submitted) another school might fit three or four classes. The maximum size for each book is 350 pages and we give a guideline of approximately 100 students at 1,000 words each. If stories are shorter, however, more students will fit in the one book. A second book will only be produced for the same school when the first is guaranteed to be filled, and a second 50-book minimum order will again be required.

Is it suitable for all age groups?

Yes, you decide whom you would like to take part. All writers are individual and our schools' programme is a guideline, to be used to draw out each individual's idea and to build on that. It is suitable for primary school pupils and is easy to follow. Younger students (Junior and Senior Infants, First Class) do not need to follow the course but instead, can use the simple worksheets developed especially for them.

What should I put in my book?

You can use the programme to write anything you like. The lessons are aimed at assisting those writing short stories but for anyone wishing to submit poetry or simply thoughts, they are most welcome. The latter options may be more suitable for the younger classes.

What should my password be?

Once you have registered and Emu Ink has processed the 50-book minimum required, we will supply your login and password details.

Do I have to order a minimum number of copies?

Yes, a minimum order of 50 copies must be paid for at registration point. The school will need to process the initial payment for these, but can recoup that outlay by the end of the course when final order numbers have been taken and payment from parents received. For example, each student will take an order form (which will be available from the members' area) home and return it stating the required number of copies from that household. If 100 students take part and order 2 copies each, 150 extra copies will be required. As students must return payment to their school with the order form, the school can then deduct the initial cost of the minimum order and pay the remaining balance to Emu Ink.

Alternatively the school can take payment upfront from the first 50 pupils, in order to register.

Emu Ink will only process the printing on receipt of full payment, which must be done by the end of the term and before termination of access to the members' area.

Why do we need to pay for 50 copies at registration?

The course is essentially free to take part in so there is very high demand, and Emu Ink needs to allocate time for the production of all books for all schools. This minimum print run requirement guarantees your participation and is refunded to the school through the students' parents when they order the copies.

What is the minimum number of stories required in the book?

There is no minimum required but we advise that at least 30 students, at one story/submission each, take part.

Can we use the book to fundraise?

Yes, you can simply add a euro or two to the selling price in order to make a profit for fundraising. The price per copy that you pay to Emu Ink is the best possible price considering everything it includes, so once it is paid you reprice to cover that and make a little extra if you want to fundraise for your school.

How is the book made?

Once the school is finished writing the book the main contact (so the person collating the stories between classes - we suggest that each teacher provides their class's submission in one word document to this main contact) is required to feed the full copy into a single word document and send to submissions@emucourses.ie. Emu Ink then builds the book file, creates the cover and conducts formatting and layout checks before print. In short, when the copy is submitted the school's work is done!

How long should a short story be?

We advise that short stories be no more that 1,000 words but the book is also open to poetry and thoughts, so submissions may differ.

Can we create more than one book?

Yes, the whole school can access the members' area so if more than one book is required the same minimum order applies. A second book, however, will only be approved if the maximum page count is filled in the first, by any one school.

What order should the book take?

Whatever order you like! You might want to have sixth class down to junior infants or vice versa, or you may decide to mix students up in no particular order. Whatever way you do it, a contents list must be provided at the start of the book and should indicate each author name, story title, class and age.

Who designs the cover?

Uniquely the Emu Ink Schools' Publishing Programme allows the writers to produce the cover art. We encourage schools to use their art classes to allow students to each design a symbol that represents their story. The school must then choose the top 30 designs and submit them, along with the school logo, as high res jpegs with their final copy. Emu Ink will then work those pictures into the cover design.

How can I make the process easier?

The process is simple. First of all, decide how many students/classes are taking part then organise to do the course at a time that suits you within your chosen term. Pick a deadline day for all teachers to have their class's work finished and sent to the main contact, then all the main contact needs to do is collate the final submissions and submit the stories as one file. There is a submission section in the members' area, which takes you through the five easy steps to sending your book (and another for your cover) for publication. Once sent Emu Ink takes care of the rest and you simply wait for your book to arrive!

How do I order my final copies?

Every teacher will supply his/her students with an individual order form (available to download from the members' area of the site) to take home. At home parents will fill the short form out, indicating how many copies of the book they would like before sending it back to the teacher with the relevant amount of money (eg; a parent who orders two books will send €20 in with the student). Once all forms are gathered, the teacher will then calculate the total number of copies required from his/her class and give that information to the main contact. When all classes have returned their forms, the main contact will use the "Order From - Main Contact" from the site to submit the final number to Emu Ink, and arrange payment.

Can we order more copies of the book after our initial order?

Yes, the school can order another run of books down the line but it will need to be a 50-copy minimum.

When is it advised to start the course so it's finished before school holidays?

The course should be started as near to the start of the chosen term as possible. A guideline of two hours per week for four weeks (to work through the lessons) is given; but to give yourself the chance to finish writing, collate the file and artwork for the cover and collect the order forms and money before then submitting all, it is best to give yourself the full term.

What if I get stuck?

Never be stuck. If you have a query or need guidance on some aspect of the process email info@emucourses.ie

Can I spellcheck?

Yes, as you are feeding the full copy into a word file before submitting we advise a full spellcheck is done. Before you start, however, ensure that it is set to UK English for Irish schools.

Is the final copy submitted what will appear?

Yes, the idea of the course is to give students the tools and advice to guide them on the art of editing and proofing, as well as developing their writing skills. These skills should be applied throughout, as final copy submitted is what will go to print.

Can we hold a book launch?

Absolutely! All of our schools so far have celebrated with a book launch. This is the perfect way to gather writers, staff and parents together to applaud the efforts of the children, to hear some readings from the book and to celebrate real published authors! Registered schools will have access to a book launch poster - all members have to do is fill in the details of their own launch and send it home with their junior authors. They will also have access to a certificate of achievement template for presentation to each child at the launch. Check out our gallery for book launch photos!

How do we get started?

In order to get going you must first register your school. You can do this here. One you have registered you will receive a confirmation email, which will inform you that a member of our team will be in touch to process your minimum book order, after which you will be provided with a login and password. This will enable you to access the members' area of the site where all of the lessons will be available to you throughout the term, as well as the latest Vlogs and various posters and certificates.

Happy writing! We look forward to publishing your work...

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