Our commitment to Authors is:
- to enable Authors to deliver an amazing reading experience to Readers;
- to turn an Author’s manuscript into a professionally produced book;
- to publish our titles in electronic editions;
- to publish (some of) our titles in print editions;
- to offer a fair royalty to the Author;
- to pay an advance of royalties on receipt and acceptance of the manuscript;
- to undertake marketing of the published title;
but we will expect the Author to participate in marketing activities;
- to offer our books for sale at a price that is fair to both Reader and Author.
Our objective is to work with Authors as partners to establish a relationship that is fair to both parties. We have standard Agreements with our Authors, to ensure fairness for all, but we will consider a particular Author’s circumstances where possible.
We would normally be looking for exclusive worldwide English language first publication rights to a title for three (3) years. The details will be set out in the Author’s Agreement.
Our experienced editorial staff will work with the Author to ensure that the published version of their manuscript meets the high standards expected by our Readers. They will only make changes to the text with the Author’s approval in order to arrive at a publishable version; but ultimately if they believe that changes are required which the Author is not prepared to accept, we may decide not to accept the manuscript.
We have adopted a digital-first approach, which means that we we would be considering a title for initial publication in an electronic edition (Kindle and ePub formats) retaining the option to publish a print edition, typically two to three months later.
A reasonable list price for a book depends on the format (and to some extent on the genre and the previous success of the Author). We set the list price for our titles, which may change as a result of market forces, regulation/taxation (in the UK printed books are currently zero-rated for VAT while eBooks are subject to standard rate VAT) or in response to other events. The list price for a print edition will be higher than for an electronic edition.
Costs can vary considerably depending on the format of a book. Similarly, discounts expected by wholesalers, distributors and retailers are dependent on the format. As a result, in line with most publishers, we offer different royalty rates for each format. Details will be included in the Author’s Agreement, but in general royalty rates for electronic editions are significantly higher than for print editions. Royalties are paid biannually (usually June and December) and Authors receive a statement identifying the royalties earned by sales for each of their titles.
In line with most publishers our royalties are based on net receipt rather than list price – this has become inevitable as some (especially online) retailers demand a very high discount. We believe this is the most transparent and mutually fair way to determine royalties.
If royalties were based on list price we would have to reduce the royalty rate sufficiently to allow for the highest discount that any retailer may demand whereas, based on net receipt, the royalty rate is a reasonable rate based on what we actually receive from the retailer.
An advance is just that: an advance payment of royalties that are expected. Once we have received and accepted a publishable version of a manuscript we will pay the Author an advance of royalties. The Author will then not receive any further royalties until more have been earned than have already been advanced. If the book doesn’t earn as much in royalties as the advance the Author won’t have to give any back but obviously won’t be receiving any more!
So, for example, if an Author has received an advance of £500 and their book earns £600 of royalties in the first six months, then they will subsequently receive a royalty cheque for £100; if their book only ever earns £400 of royalties they won’t receive a royalty cheque, but they won’t have to give back £100.
Book marketing is a joint effort between the Author and the publisher; many new writers are surprised at how much of their time is spent in participating in marketing activities, from events such as book signings to interacting with their Readers online. General industry experience has shown that Authors who maintain direct involvement with their readership achieve better sales. So we would expect our Authors to have a blog, contribute to social media, participate in discussion threads for Readers etc.
Why choose Elsewhen Press?
We are a professional publisher, committed to promoting high quality titles in the genres we enjoy. We are also committed to working with our Authors in a fair relationship. We obviously, therefore, believe we are the best choice of publisher for an Author.
If you are considering self-publishing, we wish you good luck but invite you to consider the benefits of choosing a publisher instead of paying all the production costs. Specifically, the benefits of choosing Elsewhen Press instead of self-publishing:
- we are passionate about good books;
- our experienced editors can turn your manuscript into a well produced book;
- our designers can enhance your book’s sales potential with a superb cover;
- our production staff have experience of both print and electronic formats;
- our production staff have excellent relationships with printers;
- our sales and marketing team work with wholesalers, retailers and distributors;
- our entire team’s number one priority is Quality;
- and none of this costs you a penny!