Q: I sent you a proposal. What happens now?
A: You will get an email confirming that we have received your proposal and giving you an approximate date when you should expect to hear from us again. If you don’t hear back from us for a while – that’s a good thing. Your proposal will first be read by one of our editors to ensure completeness of your proposal. If everything is in order, our editor will pass your proposal to the appropriate division for review. You may or may not get an email from the division’s Senior Editor, but you may be asked for additional information. The Senior Editor will make the decision as to whether your book will go to the Editorial Review Board.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Editorial Review Boards generally meet once a month. Depending on when your proposal is submitted, it can take up to a month to hear back from us with a decision.
Q: What happens at the Editorial Review Board?
A: We generally drink a lot of coffee and talk about your book. The Publisher, Senior Editors from each Division, and representatives from Legal and Marketing all sit down and talk about the merits of your book. Generally we decide whether or not to publish a particular work during that meeting, but sometimes we need additional information.
Q: What happens if you accept my proposal?
A: We’ll contact you within a few days of the Editorial Review Board to let you know that we’ve accepted your proposal and we’ll send you a draft copy of the contract. You should carefully read the contract and let us know of any concerns you might have. Once we’re all in agreement, we’ll send you a signed copy of the contract, you sign it and send it back.
Q: What if you don’t like what I’ve sent in?
A: Although the contract states that your content must be editorially acceptable, you won’t have to worry too much about that – because as soon as you sign the contract, you’ll be assigned an editor who will help you with your book. Your editor will work with the Senior Editor for your division in order to ensure that your book is meeting the expectations of your proposal and staying on course.
Q: How long will it take to publish the book?
A: Generally it takes about two weeks from the time that we’re all satisfied with the finished product – including illustrations, cover art, layout, etc.
Q: What about the cover?
A: Our in-house graphics department is, hmmm- how can we put this delicately – kick ass! Our “creatives” master will work with you to ensure that you have a great cover for your book. You might not always be able to judge a book by its cover, but people usually do – and we take great pride in ensuring you have an eye-catching graphic that imparts the necessary gravitas to your work. Some of his work can be found at: scrapergraphics.com.
Q: How will people find out about my book?
A: We will develop a specific marketing plan for your book that will target your audience. We will send out press releases to anywhere between 500-800 media outlets and show your book at all the appropriate book expos and fairs to ensure your work gets the maximum exposure.
Q: Where can I get information about Copyrights and Libel?
The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers.
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