AUTHOR GUIDE

The complete details of our publishing process can be found in this guide. The full text is available here. You can browse the chapters and sections using the menu on your right (or below, for mobile devices).

PUBLISHING TIMELINE

Below is our publishing timeline in more detail:

1. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

a. Inquiry submitted.

b. Declined, or moved to Proposal.

c. Proposal Submitted.

d. Proposal Out For Review. Several Reader Reports.

e. Declined, or Contract offered.

Usual timeframe: 2 weeks.

2. EDITORIAL AND DESIGN

a. Manuscript uploaded onto Production page by author.

b. Copyediting (or heavy edit/writing advice* if that option has been taken).

c. Copyedit returned to author for approval (last opportunity to add Endorsements and last chance for changes); final check on Profile, Description, Keywords, Categories.

d. Interior design and draft front cover.

e. Proofreading.

f. Full cover (can’t be started until interior design and hence page-length is finalized).

g. Final cover and interior files.

For more information see WORKFLOW SECTIONS.

Usual timeframe: 3 months.

3. MARKETING COPY

Material for Marketing page prepared – Edited Description, AI/tipsheet, press release prepared (not for every title, depends on the book, publisher and the publicist) – this can’t be started until the final cover and interior files are finalized and locked.

Usual timeframe: 2 weeks.

4. PRE-SALES AND MARKETING

a. Info sent to the trade and sales reps.

b. Info to trade journals (they work 6-9 months ahead).

c. Selected titles sent to NBN catalogues (they work 6-9 months ahead).

d. Author free copies printed.

Usual timeframe: 2.5 months.

5. PRE-ORDER

a. Books available for pre-order from trade and online, worldwide (for copies for personal use, see ORDERING).

b. Reps start selling (chain buyers work 6+ months ahead).

c. Marketing activities get into full flow (particularly signing sessions which can take time to arrange – major stores can be booked 6-12 months ahead).

d. If you have requested it, paid-for PR* will start here; publicist in contact with author and enters plan on Marketing page.

Usual timeframe: 3 months.

Throughout the process: we encourage engagement with our Author and Reader FB pages, and building your social media contacts and your overall “platform”.

6. PRINTING AND PUBLICATION

a. 3 months before publication – Standard PR starts, publicist enters plan on Marketing page.

b. 2 months before publication – books in warehouses (see ORDERING).

c. 1 month before publication – ebook distributed and available for pre-order.

Usual timeframe: 3 months.

APPROX 1 YEAR IN TOTAL, FROM INQUIRY TO PUBLICATION

7. AFTER PUBLICATION

a. Sales are added to the Financial page a month in arrears.

b. 3-month review – see Marketing/Introduction.

c. ebook promotions, dependent on number of good Amazon reviews.

d. Every time a book reaches another 500 copies more PR is triggered – see Marketing/Introduction.

*payment from author involved

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