What sort of books do you publish?
We publish fiction, of many types. We publish mainly as books and ebooks and make NO charges to the author for doing this. We have the facility to publish paperbacks and hardbacks.
Will you take my writing?
Send it through our online form and we will take a look. Please send the whole book, not just a sample. MS-Word format as an attachment to the form is the best, but we are happy to take plain text, OpenOffice, LibreOffice or RTF. We can only consider writing in English (UK English, US English, Australian English, etc). Allow four weeks for a reply, although we try to read everything within a day or two of receiving it.
Suppose you reject my writing?
If we reject it, it will be because the amount of work to make it saleable is not justified by the number of copies we think it will sell over a period of time. It does not necessarily mean you are not a good writer; it just means that this particular submission is not right for us. If you receive a rejection, then write something else and try again.
How do I know if anyone will like my writing?
You donít. We can make a fair guess from experience of what has sold in the past, and obviously we are not going to spend hours or days editing a book that we donít think will sell.
What is it going to cost me?
Nothing. We do not make any charge for our services. We simply take a commission of the sales, so it is in our interests to maximize the numbers sold of anything we handle. Where we have agreed with the author that we will provide additional services at a cost (e.g. some promotion, advertising, book fairs). However, it is not necessary for the author to select these options.
Will I make a lot of money from my writing?
Probably not! Very few books sell in vast numbers. A novel or a collection of short stories from a new author may sell only a few copies in the first month or two. Once an author becomes known, then sales tend to increase, but are unlikely to be into the thousands. However, ebooks are steadily becoming more popular and in many cases are now selling better than printed books. There is always the possibility of having a real best-seller, IF your writing is good enough and happens to catch the public imagination at the right time. Our authors who make a reasonable amount of money are mostly those who have written ten or more books.
Why canít I send my writing straight to the retailer?
You can send to some online retailers, but some of them will only take books from publishers. However, retailers do not edit, amend or correct your text, and promotion of your book will be very limited.
How do you promote my book?
We generally post extracts on websites that are happy for us to do this. You should also try to promote your writing yourself, and we will provide you with a link to the web page on which your book is being sold. Obviously it is unwise to plaster every possible Internet forum with advertisements for your work, but many will be happy if you mention it along with other relevant discussion or extracts from the book. Common sense is required, but quite simply the more people know about it the more sales you will get. Please visit our offical blog:
Who owns copyright?
You do. You own the copyright to everything you write. You agrees to grant to us exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish and sell the Work for an indefinite period of time in: (a) Print on Demand trade paperback; (b) Traditional print run trade paperback; (c) Readable (text) digital format (electronic download, disk, CD/CD-ROM, E-Book reader or similar media of presentation, excluding motion picture/television/video/DVD rights); (d) Audio-cassette, audio-CD or other audio format. All rights in the Work not specifically granted to us in the agreement are reserved by the author.
Is there any writing you donít take?
We will consider any good story or collection of short stories if it is well written with reasonable attention to structure and grammar. Good writing is just as important as good stories. It is generally not worth publishing anything that is less than 30,000 words in total, but we may consider shorter novellas over 20,000 words. Short story collections do not sell well unless the author is already known and liked for full novels or novellas. The ideal length for an e-book is between 45,000 and 65,000 words, and successful printed books generally need to be over 65,000 words. We are happy to consider erotica, but please see the exclusions below and understand that there is a difference between pornography (which we DON'T take) and erotica (which we are happy to consider). We will consider collections of poetry, but poetry does not sell very well and it would have to be really exceptional to make it worth publishing.
We will NOT consider any of the following:
Erotica that includes -
Additionally, there are various sexual activities that are, to put it simply, just unpleasant. We don't mind a bit of kinkiness and we positively encourage authors to explore the wide variety of love and physical pleasure, but there are limits and we don't intend to describe them here. Use your common sense.
Any book containing -
There are various other areas that might limit distribution of a book - but, generally, it depends how the subject is handled. For example, explicit erotica will not appear on Amazon Kindle or (usually) Apple - but as we don't take "pornography", the occasions when this is a problem are rare. Similarly, incest and similar themes are not allowed on most retailers, although where the general context of the book is non-erotic and incest is a minor but relevant part of the story, it may be acceptable.
We will not take any writing that is designed to offend a large number of readers or that we find offensive when we read
it. The best fiction, erotic or otherwise, addresses either a broad range of interests OR a niche readership WITHOUT
offending the mainstream reader. If itís going to make readers write us long letters of complaint (or worse), then itís
not for us!
We study all manuscripts received.
We do not accept any manuscript by mail.