What does YNWP do?
How much will it cost? 
Does YNWP publish any book? 
Do I have to sign a contract? 
Who owns the copyright? 
Do I need permission to reprint text, song lyrics and images?
Can I use pictures off the internet?
Can YNWP help me find an illustrator?
What resolution is needed to properly print images? 
How much should I charge for my book? 
Does YNWP provide distribution? 
Does YNWP submit books for book reviews and awards? 
How long does it take to publish a book from start to finish? 
I’ve got more questions! 

What does YNWP do?

Your Nickel's Worth Publishing takes your book from draft manuscript through to final print run using print industry standard design software. Authors and illustrators see and approve the manuscript every step of the way before the book goes to press.

YNWP assists with marketing and promotion of its titles. YNWP is a vendor for all major Canadian bookstores and library wholesalers.

YNWP provides distribution services for its titles at a cost of 20% of the book’s retail price. For those who want to do their own distribution, YNWP can also assist with book production only (the author would need to provide YNWP with the ISBN and Cataloguing in Publication data for their book. YNWP can help source both).

YNWP presents its authors with opportunities to market and advertise their books, as well as to submit them for consideration for reviews and awards where eligible.

YNWP manages the ongoing requirements for metadata and submits industry standard ONIX files to multiple databases to ensure accuracy and consistency of information about the books it publishes.


How much will it cost?

Each book is a custom project and the cost of book production and editing will vary, depending on the quality of the writing, the complexity of the desired layout, and the time needed to make any images ready for press. Please contact us for a production quote specific to your needs. Each YNWP title is subject to the editing process.

Note that print costs are separate, and YNWP will forward all print quotes to the author for approval. The more books printed, the lower the per book cost, but the higher the number of books to sell. Keep in mind that bookstores retain 40%-50% of the book’s retail price.


Does YNWP publish any book?

YNWP reserves the right to determine the books it chooses to publish and uses its own ISBNs.


Do I have to sign a contract?

If YNWP chooses to publish your title, a contract will be sent to you for your review and signature. YNWP also has a contract for those who want book production only (no marketing or distribution). In either case, a $500 deposit is required before work on your book begins.


Who owns the copyright?

The creators of a book’s content—the author, artists, and photographers who supply the content—retain copyright for their work. YNWP provides the author with all files when the project is complete.


Do I need permission to reprint text, song lyrics and images?

If you are quoting song lyrics or entire poems, you must have the permission of the copyright holder to reprint them. In general, if you are quoting more than 10% of a written work, you must have permission from the copyright holder to quote it. You must have permission to reproduce images that are not your own. There are sometimes fees associated with receiving permissions.


Can I use pictures off the internet?

If you have the permission of the copyright holder of the image, and if the image is of high enough resolution to print, then yes. However, images sourced from the internet often have too little resolution to use for print, and online availability doesn’t mean they’re free to use. Purchased stock photos from sites like are a great solution. 


Can YNWP help me find an illustrator?

YNWP works with a variety of talented, professional illustrators and can assist with finding an artist to make your vision a reality. If you already know an artist you want to work with, YNWP requests a sample of their work before the publishing contract is signed.


What resolution is needed to properly print images?

Images must be a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the size you want them to appear in the book in order to print properly. YNWP can scan your original images or artwork for use in your book.


How much should I charge for my book?

Once a print quote has been received, YNWP can help figure out a reasonable retail price to set. Most of YNWP’s titles fall in the range between $12.95-$19.95.


Does YNWP provide distribution?

 YNWP provides distribution services at a cost of 20% of the book's retail price. As part of its distribution services, YNWP also manages the ongoing requirements for ensuring the book’s metadata is consistent and accurate, and provides industry standard ONIX records to various databases.


Does YNWP submit books for book reviews and awards?

 YNWP provides the opportunity to submit titles for consideration for reviews and awards where eligible. Among other places, YNWP books are consistently reviewed at:   


How long does it take to publish a book from start to finish?

It depends on the length and complexity of the book. In most cases, YNWP’s books are ready within a three-month time span. Most print companies have a four- or five-week turnaround from the time they receive the print files to the time printed copies are delivered.


I’ve got more questions!

Please contact us for further details about publishing your book, or see The Process.


“For professional, up-to-date, accurate, beautifully designed, creative, well-edited books YNWP is the publishing company to use. Heather Nickel has established a reputable publishing company and handles her authors with dignity, respect and honesty. YNWP = excellent books.”

Marion Mutala, author of the award-winning Baba’s Babushka series
"Competent, creative, thorough, helpful and available - a pleasure to work with!"

Mercedes Montgomery
“My first venture into the world of publishing was made easy with YNWP. In addition to a great job of design and promotion, the whole experience was pleasantly informative for me. With Heather’s help, the publishing and sales of my book exceeded my expectations.”

Eileen Munro, author of ABC’s Down on the Farm
"One of the most enjoyable experiences of my writing career has been publishing Ghosts of Government House with Your Nickel's Worth Publishing. Heather Nickel's knowledge and expertise shines in all areas of the self-publishing process. Her designs and ideas are exciting. Her support and assistance right through to the marketing and distribution are valuable assets to her service. What I appreciate most is that she provides a complete publishing package and is totally committed to her clients, offering a wide variety of choices for individual needs at every level of involvement. Her dedication to each project and her commitment to professional, high quality products are self-evident. She's also fun, versatile and creative and her excitement about her business is contagious! I already anticipate working with her on another creation."

Judith Silverthorne
Ghosts of Government House
"Heather's knowledge ... of book publishing, her general business acumen and her confidence in all parties involved have brought self-publishing to a new and appealing level. She is the glue that binds a successful book together!"

Myrna Guymer
The Canadian Shield Alphabet
"If you are looking for someone to work with you on publishing a book, I would recommend Heather without hesitation. I would use the words "dedicated," "hard-working," "professional," "creative," "timely," "pleasant" and "tactful". It doesn't get any better than that. I am very proud of what we did together."

Marcia Frid
I Like You, I Like Me, Too!
“YNWP did a excellent job of editing, layout and cover design, which I believe contributed to selling 500 books in seven weeks. I found Heather to be extremely accessible, and very helpful.”

Ileen Sheehan Boechler, author of I Know My Onions: Homesteading North of the 53rd
"Your Nickel's Worth Publishing was invaluable in editing, designing layout and publishing my first book; Heather made what I wrote look good and I have had many positive compliments on it from friends and professionals alike. I am very proud to see it sitting on shelves in libraries and Canada's leading book stores."

Shirley Harris
Forgotten Gardens, Abandoned Landscapes & Remarkable Restorations
“YNWP provides a truly professional service."

Boris Kishchuk, author of Long-Term Care in Saskatchewan and Crown Corporations of Saskatchewan
"Heather Nickel of Your Nickel's Worth Publishing is a perfectionist who knows what she's doing, follows writers' protocol for getting works published and gives great assistance to get your books book was published by Your Nickel's Worth...[and] has been well received by the public...Heather is a knowledgeable and approachable person who takes what you have, corrects your mistakes, showcases the good and turns your work into a masterpiece..."

Diane Armstrong
You're Going Where?!
"Heather opened doors for me that I didn't even know were there. I was very impressed with the professional layout of the book as well as the cover design. I would not hesitate to recommend Heather of Your Nickel's Worth Publishing to any author."

Olga Stefaniuk
“I have have been richly rewarded in publishing with Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing. I would not have been able to publish my two brain health books without the excellent expertise of Ms. Heather Nickel. I highly recommend YNWP. Thank you, Heather Nickel, for your vital support of my writing aspirations.”

Dr. Felix Veloso, author of Stroke Prevention Naturally: Proven Non-Pharmaceutical Stroke Avoidance Strategies and Dementia Prevention Naturally: Evidence-Based Strategies To Enrich Cognition
“Heather is able to transform a manuscript into a book that is worthy of shelf space. Her magic touch made my book better than I ever thought possible!”

Treena Wynes, author of Am I the Only One? Struggling Being a Teen
“I've worked with YNWP on dozens children's picture books over the years, and have always found it to be a delightful experience. Heather Nickel is a consummate professional with an excellent eye for detail, and has always goes the extra mile to ensure the final product is flawless, and I look forward to working on dozens more!”

Val Lawton, professional artist
"Working with Heather is a delight. She is knowledgeable, resourceful, responsive and a team player. It was a pleasure to work with Heather in the creation of The Canadian Shield Alphabet book."

RoseMarie Condon
"Heather Nickel and Your Nickel's Worth Publishing have been the answer to this newbie author's prayers! Heather ... recognizes the fears and fragility of a first-time (or close-to-first-time) author, and treats each of us with TLC, honest encouragement, and a lot of business know-how. For me (and many, many others!) Your Nickel's Worth is priceless!!"

Jean Freeman
Where Does Your Dog Sleep?
“Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing released my first book in July of this year. I was most happy and impressed by the encouragement, helpful editing and respect for my ideas and intent. Everything was done promptly, quickly and at very reasonable rates. Assistance with distribution and marketing topped off this most positive experience.”

Joyce Olesen, author of 113 Boathouse Hill
"Smart, savvy and creative, YNWP is not your average publishing house. Heather Nickel cares about her authors, shepherding them through the publishing experience one step at a time."

Wes Funk, award-winning novelist, author of Cherry Blossoms, Dead Rock Stars and Wes Side Story: A Memoir
"Having worked with Heather for several years, I cannot give a more hearty endorsement of Your Nickel's Worth Publishing. She not only is very professional in the work she produces but has a wonderful sense of the intention of an author, depicting a writing so well in design and in how and where to promote it and its author. It is a great pleasure to work with her."

Florence Driedger
Jakob, Out of the Village
"Heather at Your Nickel's Worth Publishing provides a wonderful service to aspiring writers trying to get their work into print. She is there every step of the way and is an absolute joy to work with."

Lori Punshon
He Who Flies By Night: The Story of Grey Owl
“Heather Nickel (YNWP) has high standards, works extremely hard and is a pleasure to do business with. Many compliments have come my way since the publication of my book, including praise for its professional appearance and excellence in the quality of editing. Her services are worth every penny. Whoops! I mean every nickel.”

Bev Lundahl, author of Entangled Roots: The Mystery of Peterborough’s Headless Corpse