The general information provided below is not meant to represent the
final terms of any contract for any individual work. These are
summarized guidelines intended only to help acquaint you with our
company and what you might expect when publishing with Bold Strokes
Books. Production timing, contract specifics, and author payment may
vary depending upon the attributes of the work, sales projections,
author’s previous publications, etc. The information provided below may
be changed at any time.
We hope that you find this introductory information helpful. Please contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and see our Submissions Guidelines.
1) How long does it take to review a submission?
We want to give every submission the
thorough evaluation your hard work deserves. This is a tiered process
and may take up to sixteen weeks to complete, although in many cases a
decision will be made sooner.
2) Do you consider previously self-published books?
Yes, we will consider previously
published works (including self-published works) with the understanding
that we will acquire all rights to the title for future publication
(requiring you to remove the title from sale upon contracting). We ask
that you provide date of publication, release/return of rights by
previous publisher if traditionally published, and life to date sales
figures (unit sales per format—not monies earned or royalties). Please query first with publication date and synopsis.
3) What happens when my manuscript is accepted?
You will receive an email to advise you
of your manuscript’s acceptance along with any pertinent info specific
to your title. A contract will then be sent for your review.
4) What happens after I sign my contract?
Once the signed contract has been
returned to the publisher, you will be introduced to our team and our
editing and production process.
5) What do I need to do about social media?
BSB markets and promotes all our authors
via our website, Facebook, Twitter, newsletter, and blogs. You will be
asked to provide biographical information, contact information, and the
book blurb for the website shortly after you sign your contract. We also
strongly urge you set up a Facebook page and website and to participate
in our BSB blog rotation.
6) How long will it take for my book to be published?
BSB gives every author and every book
individual attention. Many factors, including the genre, the number of
titles already scheduled, and the projected readership determine how
quickly a book will be released. In some cases, we recommend a
digital-first edition with print to follow later. This will allow us to
bring fresh new voices and content to our readers in 5–8 months. For
titles for which we plan a simultaneous print and digital release, the
advance notice required by our distributors for new titles is 9–15
months. This time frame is shorter than the industry average.
7) Is every book edited in the same way?
Just the opposite! Each manuscript is
individually evaluated for style, genre requirements, content, and
technical merit, and specific guidelines are discussed with the author.
The goal of editing is to highlight an author’s individual voice,
advance the author’s technical craft, and present the strongest work
possible to the marketplace.
8) How many editors will I work with?
An author may work with one or two
editors while preparing a manuscript for publication. Some editors
specialize in aspects of development and story editing, while others are
experts in the rules of copyediting. After the senior editor has
reviewed the editorial needs, she will determine the editorial pathway
9) When will I find out the publication date of my book?
When the publication schedule is
finalized for each "season" (spring/fall), authors with titles in that
season will receive a confirmation of the publication date.
10) Will I have a say about my cover art?
Authors have the opportunity to provide
input on their cover. Keeping in mind author requests, we work with our
graphic artists on the early versions of every cover to ensure
appropriate “branding” so readers recognize the books published by BSB
and so that the cover art reflects the genre, style, and tone of the
work. Once several options for the cover have been generated, the author
will have an opportunity to choose their preferred cover.
11) Does BSB have a first options clause?
Yes. BSB has a two-fold mission: to
produce quality queer fiction and to contribute to author development
through a close, ongoing relationship over time. As part of this
long-term relationship, we want the opportunity to review your future
works for possible publication.
12) How will my book get to readers?
BSB uses multiple sales channels to
ensure the highest possible sales for your title. Our books are listed
in all major sales channels, including Baker and Taylor, Ingram,
Bookazine, and other wholesalers so booksellers worldwide can order your
title. Our books are shipped to bookstores, libraries, and online
retailers worldwide. Our ebooks are available for sale through all major
retailers including Amazon, Apple, BarnesandNoble.com, Kobo, and
Smashwords. Our audiobooks are available through Audible.com, Amazon,
and iTunes. In addition, we maintain an active online bookstore to sell
your print and e-books.
13) Do I have to copyright my work?
No. The publisher will copyright the work
in the author's name upon publication. It is the author's
responsibility to obtain copyright permission for any copyrighted
material included in the manuscript and provide this permit upon
submission of the manuscript for consideration.
14) May I post excerpts of my work online?
Yes. BSB encourages authors to
self-promote by maintaining an online presence and posting excerpts of
their upcoming and/or published works. An excerpt may be the first
chapter or a compelling scene (less than 10,000 words).
15) How will I be paid for my book sales?
Royalties are disbursed quarterly and
based upon compensated sales less returns. Depending upon the format
(print or ebook) and the division in which the work appears, royalties
may be based on list or net price, usually a tiered schedule in which
royalties increase with the number of sales. The author is not
responsible for any production or publication cost.
16) Does BSB offer an advance?
In most cases BSB offers an advance for all full-length novels, novellas, and anthologies.
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