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Create your book online

With easy-to-use creation tools, write your story for the world to read.

Design attractive Book Cover

Using our cover creator tools, create an eye-catching book cover in seconds with the right images and fonts to help ensure your book stands out.

Largest Paperback and eBook Distribution Network

Distribute and Sell your book in paperback and eBook format worldwide on 400+ retailers across all global regions on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, and more.

Earn Highest Royalty

Maximize your earnings by setting an optimum price and earn the highest royalty.

Auto ISBN and Barcode generation

Pencil generates a free, unique ISBN and Barcode for your book while the 100% copyright of the work remains with the author.

Transparent Sales & Royalty Reports

Track your sales and royalty using author dashboard. Monthly payout options available.

Engage with and Grow your Audience

Connect with like-minded readers and writers, build influence and increase your reader base.

Reader Insights to enhance your book

Engagement insights to help you see where your readers are dropping off, so you can tailor your book accordingly with dynamic edits.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pencil Publishing?

Pencil publishing is the world’s first incubated & accelerated publishing module. The Pencil writing platform is a free platform that enables authors to create, publish, and distribute their books worldwide in paperback and eBook format. Pencil aims to empower writers with a variety of tools:

  • Pencil is the first free publishing platform that aids Omni distribution, i.e; your paperback book is available on all major retailers like
  • Amazon, Flipkart, Barnes & Noble, and several more. Also, your eBook is made available on Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, Apple Books, and Kobo, to name a few.
  • Pencil’s royalty and sales reports are transparent and available to the author on a monthly basis.
  • Pencil helps the writer create, build, and increase the reading audience.
  • In addition to this, Pencil offers editing and designing services to enhance the books’ quality, where needed.
  • Pencil’s dashboard enables writers to get real-time analytics to how their content is
  • being consumed. (Note: This is when the book is being consumed on the Pencil Reader App).
  • Pencil enables authors to make real-time changes through dynamic editing where the author can create newer versions of the book,to
  • improve the chances of its commercial success.
  • Pencil enables the writers to write in more formats than just the book and keep their fans and audiences engaged. Also, helps in
  • content discovery.
  • How much time does it take to publish a book via Pencil?

    While the publishing process on Pencil takes up to an hour in case you have a ready manuscript and cover design, once you digitally sign the author-publisher agreement, the submitted book has to undergo a quality check process to be published further.

    Once verified, the book is available on the Pencil Reader App within 24-48 hours. In the case of eBook distribution to other retailers, it takes up to 10-14 days and in the case of paperback distribution to Indian and international retailers, it takes up to 6-8 weeks. These timelines are subject to various factors in the quality assurance process including but not limited to, plagiarism errors, copyright errors, file errors, and other platform-mandated guidelines.

    How do I start writing on Pencil?

    Once you create your account and log in on our writing platform, you will be directed to our main dashboard. At this stage, you can either select the option to ‘Start Writing’ to write using our editor or add the manuscript or short to the editor.

    Are there any minimum requirements to distribute my book in eBook and Paperback format?

    In the case of eBook distribution, your book’s character count should be more than 15000 characters. However, in the case of Paperback distribution, please note that your book’s page count should be at least 50 pages. For paperback distribution, we would recommend avoiding image-heavy or color-heavy text since we use a standard 5X8, Black & White Print-on-demand model for distribution.

    When will I receive my royalty earnings?

    In the case of eBook sales on Pencil Reader App, the royalty will be credited within 30 days from the month of sale. In the case of sales of your book in eBook and Paperback format across Third-party Domestic and International retailers, the royalty received from these platforms will be credited within 90 days from the month of sale.

    What is the age criteria to register on Pencil?

    While there are no age criteria for registering on Pencil, but in case of account holders below the age of 16, parental guidance is advised. In case you are a minor publishing a book, we might need a legal guardian to sign the agreement.