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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Top Publishing FAQs

    • How long does the project take?

      Great question! The project is different for everyone. It really depends on how each teacher chooses to use the project, the grade they teach and what type of books they are making. Some teachers will take an existing lesson (like a poetry unit) and put the final draft onto our paper along with the student’s illustrations.  In that case, if a teacher dedicates a little bit of time each day they can get the classbook completed in a matter of a few days. However, some teachers may teach a whole unit that incorporates the students publishing individual books at the end; in that case it can take several weeks to complete. It’s entirely up to how each teacher chooses to use the project!
    • Which grade levels and ages is this for?

      Creating a book is the perfect project for grades K-12. It’s the perfect culmination of their hard work throughout the writing experience in your classroom.
    • What is in a Publishing Kit?

      Our easy-to-use kit contains all the materials necessary to create your masterpiece. The kit includes a worksheet for the cover illustration, Title Page, Dedication Page, text and illustration pages, and an About the Author(s) Page. We also provide Parent Order Forms (for any parents that choose to order copies of the book), a free teacher’s guide to walk you through the publishing process, and instructions on submitting your kit for publishing. You can also visit our Teacher’s Lounge for a variety of free resources, as well as printable kit materials if you need extras.
    • How many pages are in each Publishing Kit?

      • The Classbook kit comes with 66 pages: 33 for text and 33 illustration pages.
      • The Individual Book kit comes 14 pages: 7 for text and 7 illustration pages.
      • Both kit types include a worksheet for the cover illustration, Title Page, Dedication Page, text and illustration pages, and an About the Author(s) Page.
    • How long does it take to get the published books back?

      Publishing and shipping your books takes approximately 20 business days from your reserved publishing date. To ensure a 20 business day turn time, your Publishing Kit(s) should arrive at our facility on or before your reserved publishing date. We recommend shipping your kit(s) one week before your publishing date, with the return label provided. Once your books arrive, be sure to check your books and order within 10 days.
      Please note the following exceptions:
      Holiday Delivery: Orders received by November 22, 2017 are guaranteed back to the school by December 15, 2017.
      Winter Break Delivery: Orders received by November 23, 2017 – mid-January will be delivered back to the school by the first week of February.
    • When and how do parents order copies of their child’s book?

      Parents can pre-order their own copy for just $19.95 with the parent order forms included in your publishing kit. Parents are under no obligation to purchase a copy and the teacher’s book is still free. With the classbook program, in exchange for the free book publishing kit and deluxe, hardcover copy for the teacher, we ask that parents have the opportunity to pre-order a copy of the classbook, too. That’s it. We ask that you return all order forms, including those choosing not to pre-order, when you submit your book for publishing.

      During the planning or writing process, simply distribute the Parent Order Forms and envelopes provided in your kit. Parents should sign the form, indicate whether or not they wish to purchase a copy, and return it to you in the envelope provided. Then, you return all forms with your completed Publishing Kit. Parents can also order copies of their child’s book online. We’ve made it easy to share the fun of your publishing project. Parent order forms are included in your publishing kit and printable send-home note templates are available online.

    • Are parents required to purchase a copy of the book?

      Parents have the option to purchase copies but are under no obligation to do so. Your classroom copy will still be free. We ask that you return all order forms, including those choosing not to pre-order, when you submit your book for publishing. From our experience, most parents want to order a copy of their child’s book as it makes a great keepsake and gift.
    • What if parents don’t return the order forms?

      We ask that at least 80% of the parent order forms are signed and returned with the completed Publishing Kit. This helps ensure the book publishing process is not delayed.
    • Are there any guarantees on the published books?

      Yes, there’s no risk to parents who choose to purchase copies of the book. Our books are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. If parents purchase their child’s book and are in any way dissatisfied, they can return it directly to us for a replacement or full refund. We will issue a replacement or complete refund.
    • Can I change my publishing date?

      Yes. Your publishing date is the date you choose for your completed kit materials to due back to us so we can publish your books and make any copies that are ordered. This day is reserved for you so we can begin publishing your books. To ensure that your kits arrive back by this date we recommend that you ship your kits back one week before. We would be happy to change your publishing date to fit your schedule. Simply click here to submit a help ticket, choose “change my publishing date,” and tell us the new date you’d like to reserve. We will send an email confirmation of your new date.
    • What is the difference between the three book options?

      Softcover books feature full-color printing, non-glossy paper bound in an 8.5″ X 11″ softcover.

      Standard books feature full-color printing and a glossy 8.5” X 11” hardcover.

      Deluxe books feature an 8.5”x 11” matte cover for a sophisticated, smudge-resistant finish and are bound with thicker, more durable cerulean blue end sheets.

       

    • Can I put a photo on the front cover?

      Yes! Photos make great cover images. Scanning your photo directly onto the cover page is the preferred method, but if you do choose to adhere photos, we recommend using a glue stick. Be sure the photo fits within the rectangle on the cover worksheet. If you’re using Scripsi, just upload your photo and place it onto the cover page. We recommend using only high-resolution images for the best results.
    • How do I achieve the best, most colorful results when creating my book?

      • For illustrating, use washable markers because they produce the most vivid reprints (try to stay away from the bright neon colors as they do not reproduce well).
      • For writing, use black ink. Do not use colored pencils or crayons, as they do not reproduce well when printed.
    • Can I put photos on the illustration pages of a paper kit?

      You bet. Simply scanning the photo directly onto the illustration pages is the preferred method, but if you do choose to adhere photos, we recommend using a glue stick. We recommend using only high-resolution images for the best results.
    • Can I paste and glue photos onto the kit pages?

      You bet. Simply scanning the photo directly onto the illustration pages is the preferred method, but if you do choose to adhere photos, we recommend using a glue stick. If you’re using Scripsi, just upload your photo and place directly onto the pages. We recommend using only high-resolution images for the best results.
    • How do I print on lined pages?

      We suggest using Scripsi, our online bookmaker, if you know you will be typing your stories.
    • Can we use White-Out on the pages?

      You can! However, it may leave light “shadows” on the finished pages. For this reason, we recommend using it sparingly. Also, it is better to use the white-out correction tape rather than the white-out correction fluid.
    • Are there any guarantees on the published books?

      Yes, there’s no risk to parents who choose to purchase copies of the book. Our books are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. If parents purchase their child’s book and are in any way dissatisfied, they can return it directly to us for a replacement or full refund. We will issue a replacement or complete refund.
    • When do I need to ship my completed Publishing Kit?

      Ship your completed kit(s) and materials one week prior to your publishing date so that they arrive at our facility on or before your reserved date. Pack your completed kit(s) in the box that they arrived in and be sure to use the UPS label provided.
    • How do I ship my kit(s)?

      We make it simple! Pack your completed kit(s) in the box that they arrived in. Adhere the prepaid UPS label provided (completely cover the previous shipping label) and make the package available when UPS normally comes to your school. Check with your school office to see when UPS comes to your location. There’s no need to call UPS.
    • Where do I indicate my Teacher Name/Author Name and School Name for our book cover?

      Click here to complete your Order Confirmation Page in just a few easy steps then print your Order Confirmation Page to return with your publishing kit(s).
    • What do I do with any unused materials?

      Just place any unused materials at the bottom of the box when you return your kit(s) for publishing. Please place your completed Publishing Kit(s) and Parent Order Forms on top of the stack.
    • Will I be informed when you receive my completed kit to be published?

      You can track your finished publishing kit via the tracking number on the prepaid UPS label to verify when we have received your package. Make sure you write this number down before you send your package. We will send you a confirmation email once your kit(s) have arrived and have been checked-in for publishing. You can also call us at 800-867-2292. Our call center is open Monday-Friday between 7am and 5:30pm central time.
    • Can I send a late parent order and where will their book be shipped?

      Once we receive the completed kit(s), we are not able to add additional orders until after the books are published and returned to your school. After the books arrive at your school, parents will be able to order separately and the book will ship to their home address.
    • How is Scripsi better than other online book makers?

      Scripsi is the only online publishing program created just for schools to help teachers guide their students through the writing process, and it offers the following unique benefits:

      • Exclusive design allows teachers to create and send revision notes and messages with feedback on each student’s pages.
      • Students create their book digitally and can access their work from school or at home using their own logins. Plus, each student can work simultaneously on their own page(s).
      • Simple intuitive design.
      • The only book-making program to allow complete flexibility in formatting your book. You and your students choose where images and text go and every page can be full-color.
      • Safe and secure, log-in and password protected to preserve the work of each student.
      • Many font options and CharActer level formatting so students can really get creative!
      • Illustrate with ease by taking advantage of our library of clip art and enhanced drawing tools for doodles, or by uploading photos or scanning in artwork.
    • Is my name going to end up on a mailing list?

      No. Your privacy is important to us. Your contact information will not be shared and is used solely for communicating with you about your child’s book.
    • Does the online book include a published copy or does it remain online?

      Yes, each book created, whether through our online publishing software (Scripsi) or with paper kits, will be made into a published book.
  • Parent FAQs

    • Are there any guarantees on the published books?

      Yes, there’s no risk to parents who choose to purchase copies of the book. Our books are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. If parents purchase their child’s book and are in any way dissatisfied, they can return it directly to us for a replacement or full refund. We will issue a replacement or complete refund.
    • What is the difference between the three book options?

      Softcover books feature full-color printing, non-glossy paper bound in an 8.5″ X 11″ softcover.
      Standard books feature full-color printing and a glossy 8.5” X 11” hardcover.
      Deluxe books feature an 8.5”x 11” matte cover for a sophisticated, smudge-resistant finish and are bound with thicker, more durable cerulean blue end sheets.
      Check out this video to learn more about our published book options.
    • I have an issue with my order. What should I do?

      We’re happy to help. Please use our support forms to contact us or call 800-867-2292.
    • I don’t have a credit/debit card. How can I order?

      No worries, we also accept checks and money orders. We don’t recommend it, but we do accept cash.

      • Send the money and order form to the teacher if the book has not been published yet.
      • If the book has already been published and sent back to the school.  Include the Pin # for the book and the address where you want the books delivered.  Mail payment to us at:
        Studentreasures Publishing
        1345 SW 42nd St
        Topeka, KS 66609
    • I purchased copies of my child’s book, when will my check be cashed?

      Great question! It really depends on when we receive the completed publishing materials from your child’s teacher. This varies for each teacher and is based on when they plan on publishing with their class. Please contact your child’s teacher to find out when their publishing date is!

      We will make every effort to cash your check within 10 business days of receiving the completed publishing materials from your child’s teacher.

      Please keep in mind, for any returned checks, a Studentreasures check collection vendor may electronically re-present your returned check for the face amount, plus a processing fee of $30.00 (or legal limit) plus applicable sales tax. Nonpayment may result in reporting to the credit agencies, which could negatively impact your credit score. You can contact our collection agency directly at (800) 588-0370 or by email at info@instachek.net to contact them regarding a returned check.

    • When will I receive my child’s book?

      The publishing and shipping process takes approximately 20 business days from the school’s publishing date.
    • My child’s book has an error. How can this be fixed?

      Please contact us or call 800-867-2292 and we’ll be happy to help.
    • Do you publish with home schools?

      Yes! Please contact us or call 800-867-2292 for details on our homeschool program.
    • Can I order a kit for my child or grandchild?

      Yes! Please contact us or call 800-867-2292 so we can help place your order.
  • Free Classbook Project FAQs

    • What is a classbook?

      A classbook is a collaborative project where each student in a class contributes one page of writing and one page of illustration to create a collaborative book for the class.
    • What is in a Publishing Kit?

      Our easy-to-use kit contains all the materials necessary to create your masterpiece. The kit includes a Title Page, Dedication Page, About the Author(s) Page, text and illustration pages, and a worksheet for the cover illustration. We also provide a free teacher’s guide to walk you through the publishing process. You can also visit our Teacher’s Lounge for a variety of free resources, as well as printable kit materials if you need extras.
    • How many pages are in each Publishing Kit?

      The Classbook kit comes with 66 pages: 33 for text and 33 illustration pages and includes include a worksheet for the cover illustration, Title Page, Dedication Page, text and illustration pages, and an About the Author(s) Page.
    • Is the classbook publishing kit really free?

      Yes! We provide teachers with the publishing kit(s) they choose, complete with all materials needed to publish a book. We’ll publish your students’ work into a full-color, professionally bound book, and the teacher receives one deluxe, hardcover classroom copy of this book for FREE. With the classbook program, in exchange for the free book publishing kit and deluxe, hardcover copy for the teacher, we ask that parents have the opportunity to pre-order a copy of the classbook, too. That’s it. We ask that you return all order forms, including those choosing not to pre-order, when you submit your book for publishing.

      Parents can pre-order their own copy for just $19.95 with the parent order forms included in your publishing kit. Parents are under no obligation to purchase a copy and the teacher’s book is still free. We ask that you return all order forms, including those choosing not to pre-order, when you submit your book for publishing. We’ve made it easy to share the fun of your publishing project. Parent order forms are included in your publishing kit and printable send-home note templates are available online.

    • What is the “no” form about and why do parents have to sign to not order a book?

      Studentreasures provides a free publishing kit and a free deluxe, hardcover book for each class that participates in the Classbook Program. In exchange for the free kit and classroom book, we ask that parents complete the order form by either ordering a copy of the book or by checking “no” to indicate they do not wish to purchase. Parents are under no obligation to purchase and the classroom copy is still free. Our books are covered by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
    • Is there a minimum student participation requirement to receive the free deluxe, hardcover book?

      We have a 12 student minimum in order to participate in the FREE classbook program.
    • Can any grade create a classbook?

      Yes! Any class in any grade can create a classbook. Classbooks work especially well for teachers doing a collaborative book for a variety of subjects, including English, social studies, math, science, language arts, and more.
    • How do I participate?

      The process is easy. Simply order your publishing kits here, or call in or fax your order. We ask that you reserve a publishing date at the time of the order. Then, complete your kits and return them to us with the prepaid UPS label provided. Your published books and any extra copies ordered by parents will be shipped directly to your school.
    • What is a publishing date?

      Your publishing date is the date you select that your Publishing Kit(s) and Parent Order Forms are due at our facility for publishing. This ensures that your published books are back to you in a timely manner so you can celebrate the books’ arrival during the school year. We recommend sending your Publishing Kit(s), using the prepaid UPS label included, at least one week prior to your publishing date. Call today 800-867-2292 to schedule your date!
    • Can we write about any topic?

      Of course! Your students are only limited by their imaginations. Popular themes include animals, travel, biography, science fiction, family, and many more. From math and history to music and art subjects, our program is cross-curricular or can be used as a stand-alone project. Visit our Teacher’s Lounge for inspiration and book topic ideas!
    • Are parents required to purchase copies?

      Parents have the option to purchase copies but are under no obligation. All we ask is that parents are given the opportunity to purchase copies using the supplied Parent Order Form. From experience, most parents do wish to order a copy of their child’s book as it makes a great keepsake and gift! Remember: The Parent Order Forms include a special pre-order pricing for any copies paid for in advance.
    • When and how do parents order copies of their child’s book?

      During the planning or writing process, simply distribute the Parent Order Forms and envelopes provided in your kit. Parents should sign the form, indicating whether or not they wish to purchase a copy, and return it to you (the teacher) in the envelope provided. Then, you return all forms with your completed Publishing Kit.
    • Are there any guarantees on the published books?

      Yes, there’s no risk to parents who choose to purchase copies of the book. Our books are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. If parents purchase their child’s book and are in any way dissatisfied, they can return it directly to us for a replacement or full refund. We will issue a replacement or complete refund.
    • What is the cost for a published book?

      Copies of the professionally bound books are available for parents starting at $19.95.