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WHAT DO WE PUBLISH


WHAT DO WE

PUBLISH?

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WHAT DO WE PUBLISH


WHAT DO WE

PUBLISH?

What types of books does A15 publish?

A15 Publishing is a leader in independent, veteran publishing. A15 is interested in covering topics across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction. We go to great lengths to ensure our selected works are produced and offered at the highest standards and library specifications. We also work across a wide variety of mediums (hardcover, softcover, eBook and audiobook) to allow the author the greatest flexibility in getting their hard work out for consumption.

A15 welcomes proposals from any veteran, regardless of service branch or country of origin across a wide array of subjects, not limited to the following: fiction, non-fiction, technical manual, and children’s books. If we find it interesting, we will seriously consider the work. Multi-contributor manuscripts and edited collections of essays are also welcome. We suggest you browse our catalog to get a feel for our offerings.

Do you publish fiction? Children’s books? Poetry?

Yes, if you have a question about the genre of your work, please contact us.

Do you publish multi-contributor manuscripts?

We do publish many edited collections of essays. As editor, you have many responsibilities, including corresponding with us (we are unable to correspond directly with contributors); collecting the essays and releases; ensuring consistency of quality, style, tone, and format throughout the manuscript; reading proofs and creating an index. Guidelines for editors of multi-contributor manuscripts are available here.

Will my book be in bookstores?

The strongest retail market is internet retail. On the other hand, it is perfectly fine for authors to introduce themselves (and their books) to a local bookstore or other bookseller. Encouragement from authors to stock their books can sometimes make a difference in local sales. A15 also welcomes sales tips from authors of specialty booksellers. However, between in-store versus internet, remember that many bookstores are struggling and driving internet sales is likely a wiser investment of an author’s time. Sales tips should be emailed to our sales manager, Nate Carlson nate@a15publishing.com.

 

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PARTS OF A BOOK


PARTS OF A BOOK

PARTS OF A BOOK


PARTS OF A BOOK

What does A15 consider essential components of a book?

Some A15 books needs a preface, an introduction, notes, a bibliography and an index, others (primarily fiction) do not. Other components that are common, but optional depending on the nature of the book, are acknowledgments, a foreword (written by a third party) and appendices.

Who determines the book’s title?

When you send your manuscript, please include a title or, even better, several possible titles. We will use your input in setting the title; often the author’s suggested wording becomes the official title. There are definitely some special considerations now and then that authors understandably overlook. If we feel a significantly different title is necessary, we will discuss it with you. We try to finalize the wording soon after the manuscript arrives.

How do I deal with my photographs and illustrations when I send in my manuscript?

Please refer to our PERMISSIONS section for details.

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SUBMISSION PROCESS


SUBMISSION PROCESS

SUBMISSION PROCESS


SUBMISSION PROCESS

Whom should I contact about my submission?

Refer to our website, A15publishing.com for details on submissions.  Your submission will be reviewed by the Creative Division and you will be notified in a timely manner regarding your submission.  

What should a submission include?

A proposal should include a general description, an outline or descriptive table of contents, estimates of total word count and completion date, a preface or introduction, comments on how the book differs from any competing works on the same topic, a summary of what you might offer in the way of photographs or other illustrations, and if possible some samples of the manuscript (two or three chapters, plus representative pages of any special parts).

May I email my submission?

We much prefer to receive proposals by surface mail. The volume of proposals we receive would preclude us from printing them out if received electronically.

My book has ____ pages. Is that long enough/too long?

A better gauge of length for us is word count. Most word processing software can provide a word count very easily. A manuscript typically needs a minimum of 75,000 words to be workable for us; many of our books are much longer. The word count also depends on the kind of book you are writing, so discuss length with your editor.

When should I expect to hear back from A15 about my proposal?

We do our best to respond to authors within a month of receiving a proposal—and often much more quickly.  Please prompt us if more than six weeks have passed and you have not heard from one of our editors.

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SENDING YOUR MANUSCRIPT


SENDING YOUR WORK

SENDING YOUR MANUSCRIPT


SENDING YOUR WORK

Is the deadline on my contract flexible?

Your deadline is nearly always flexible and controlled by you—but you do need to let us know if you need more time. In all but the most unusual circumstances we will extend your deadline. Don’t worry about missing a deadline by just a few days—no need to pay for overnight shipping, for example.

I have almost everything ready, but I’m waiting on a few final things.  Should I send the manuscript now?

No. Please wait until you can send an absolutely complete manuscript.  We can’t begin any work here until all pieces are in place.

What should be in my manuscript package?

The manuscript package should contain absolutely everything making up the manuscript:

(1) the final and complete hard copy, including a title page, a table of contents, your dedication (if any), the foreword (if any), your preface and or introduction, the main text, any appendices, the notes, and the bibliography—all pages double-spaced and numbered continuously, printed on one side of the paper;

(2) an electronic copy of the manuscript that matches the printout exactly;

(3) photocopies or printouts of all illustrations, numbered in sequence and sent along with a matching caption/credit list; these are needed for placement and identification purposes;

(4) all original photographs, maps, drawings or other illustrations we will need to scan at our end;

(5) all necessary permissions (for e.g. illustrations, a foreword, substantial quotes, interviews); if you are the editor of a multi-contributor manuscript, you must include a release from each contributor stating that you own his/her essay;

 (6) a cover letter with comments on anything we may need to know, plus your full thoughts about a title.

What kind of computer software do you use?

We work on both Macs and PCs, so disks from either are acceptable. Save your files in word processing software (Word and WordPerfect are the most popular), not a layout program such as PageMaker, Scribner, or Quark. If you are using Works, please save your files in rich text format (rtf).

Please use Times New Roman, 11 or 12 points, throughout the manuscript. If you did not originally create the manuscript using this font and utilize any foreign characters or diacritical marks, please carefully review your paper manuscript to ensure these characters printed correctly. If any did not, please flag these pages for production, and write the correct character in clearly.

Do I need to send a hard copy?

Yes. Although we also need an electronic copy of your manuscript, for editing purposes we must have a double-spaced, page-numbered, unbound printout that matches the files exactly. (There are very limited exceptions. If your manuscript is extremely large or you have reason to suspect we will not need a hard copy, please ask an editor prior to delivery.) Do not email your manuscript; instead, send a disk or flash drive with the printout.

Whom should I contact with questions about the manuscript I’m about to deliver?

Any editor can answer your questions. Feel free to contact the editor you have been working with most recently but, really, our efforts toward efficiency over the years have resulted in editor interchangeability. (We share all correspondence weekly, believe it or not.)

To whom should I send my manuscript?

You may address your package to the editor with whom you have been working or you may put “Editorial Department” on the package. It will get to the right person.

Whom should I follow up with about my delivered manuscript?

Please allow two to three weeks before contacting us. An editor will be assigned to check in your manuscript when it arrives, and we will write you (usually by regular mail) as soon as we have completed the initial inspection.

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PERMISSIONS


PERMISSIONS

PERMISSIONS


PERMISSIONS

What kinds of things do I need to pursue permission for?

Since every project is different, it’s best to ask an editor about your specific needs. Generally, items that require permission are: published material quoted at length, borrowed illustrations, forewords, interviews that are quoted extensively (more than one or two sentences). If your project involves a significant amount of materials in these categories, please discuss it with us as early as possible.

May I quote from books/magazines/newspapers/websites/television shows/films, etc., in my book?

You may quote from all these sources, as long as you properly cite them and you observe customary fair use limits. Keep a word count of your total quotations from each source that you quote significantly, and run it by us. Short works such as newspaper articles may be quoted only very briefly; you must avoid quoting a significant portion of any source unless you have written permission.

May I quote poetry or song lyrics?

You should avoid quoting song lyrics unless you have written permission from the rights holders (warning: talk to us first if you can) or you can demonstrate that the work is in the public domain. Poetry also requires great caution, but it is usually reasonable to quote briefly from a long poem and very briefly from a shorter one.

What kinds of things do I need to pursue permission for?

Since every project is different, it’s best to ask an editor about your specific needs. Generally, items that require permission are: published material quoted at length, borrowed illustrations, forewords, interviews that are quoted extensively (more than one or two sentences). If your project involves a significant amount of materials in these categories, please discuss it with us as early as possible.

Are photos from the Internet in the public domain?

Photographs posted on the Internet are not automatically in the public domain. You will need to research copyrights to ensure they can be used without permission. Keep in mind, too, that most photographs from the Internet are not of sufficient resolution to reproduce well in print, however sharp they appear on screen.

Does A15 have a permission form I can use?

Because circumstances vary widely, we do not have a standard permission form. If the rights holder is a corporate entity or institution, it will likely have its own form. We need worldwide rights with no limits on term or print run and no restrictions as to how the photo may be published (many of our books, for example, wind up being offered also as e-books). If you are borrowing from an individual, an informal agreement is fine—ideally, they sign a paper saying, “Jane Doe has my permission to use the photograph I provided for her book and I expect no remuneration from the publisher.” You will want to have the permission grantor’s name clearly printed, a signature and date. This process is different for other items—forewords, interviews, maps, and essays in multi-contributor manuscripts—where you must be assigned ownership.

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DOCUMENTATION


DOCUMENTION

DOCUMENTATION


DOCUMENTION

How do I prepare my notes?

Documentation is vital. If you don’t have source notes for your quoted matter and factual statements, we strongly recommend you add them. For most purposes we prefer endnotes (end-of-book) to footnotes (page bottoms). Also, start a new numerical sequence for each chapter. Use any good standard system of documentation (Chicago, MLA, Turabian, etc.) and be consistent. A standard style guide can answer specific questions you have about how notes should be presented.

Do I need a bibliography?

Depending on the desired market, yes. If the goal is to produce a scholarly work then yes, nearly every book needs a bibliography. It serves as an indication to readers that the book they hold is a work of serious scholarship based on a broad understanding of the topic, while also providing a starting point for further reading. Follow a consistent style and include all the sources you directly consulted for the book, even if you did not cite the source in the notes. A standard style guide can answer specific questions about how a bibliography should be presented.

 

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AFTER SUBMISSION


AFTER

SUBMISSION

AFTER SUBMISSION


AFTER

SUBMISSION

Will my book be assigned to a particular editor? How closely will I work with the editor?

An editor will be assigned your manuscript.  You may be contacted by the editor or the editorial department.  

What happens after my manuscript is delivered?

Your manuscript will be reviewed for proofing and editorial issues and will receive an initial review.  After this review we will determine if we will proceed to publishing.  If so, your manuscript will receive a thorough editorial review.

How heavily will my manuscript be edited?

Once a manuscript has been determined to be published it will receive a line by line review.  We strive to maintain the author’s voice. We check for errors in facts, spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as any problems of organization or presentation.

Will my book be hardcover or softcover?

This decision is typically made after the complete manuscript arrives and is based on our judgment of what format and price will produce the best sales result.  

Will my book be available as an ebook?

A15 may publish new books simultaneously in both print and electronic editions whenever possible.  The most common obstacle to our offering a book in electronic form is permissions specifying “print only”—so please avoid such restrictions in any permissions you need for your book.

Can I suggest ideas for my cover?

Yes.  You may suggest ideas when you deliver the manuscript and we will be happy to consider them.

When will my manuscript be published?

Once we receive a complete manuscript (with all items in place), we strive to publish within six to twelve months.  Depending on the manuscript, our workload and your availability, it may take less or more time.  You will hear from us periodically with questions or comments, but don’t be surprised if there are silences of several weeks between communications. We are busily working behind the scenes.

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CONTRACTS


CONTRACT

INFORMATION

CONTRACTS


CONTRACT

INFORMATION

When will A15 send a contract?

If your proposed book seems overall to be a good fit for us, we will correspond with you about any particular matters that need to be discussed.  Sometimes this discussion takes a few weeks; sometimes it takes longer, depending in large part on the author’s schedule and the manuscript’s state of progress. The offer of a contract comes after we have determined that we will proceed with publishing and that we and the author are in agreement on all major points.

 Is the contract negotiable?

The wording and terms of our contract are standard for all authors, with the exception that the royalty rate differs for certain categories of manuscripts. We have a relatively small staff and a plethora of authors, thus the contract is simple by design. We want to be able to answer contractual questions without having to look up each contract. A standard contract also ensures fairness to all our authors.

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AFTER PUBLICATION


AFTER

PUBLICATION

AFTER PUBLICATION


AFTER

PUBLICATION

Whom should I contact about my marketing ideas, book signings, etc.? 

If you are a contracted author, please contact your designated representative for details.

How does A15 market books?

A15 promotes its books to all appropriate markets (retail, specialty, and direct-to-consumer) through our vast social media and marketing relationships. Much of our activities promote groups of books, subject lines and the company brand, though we do undertake some level of single-title promotion for each individual book, as well. 

Should I supply promotional blurbs from third parties?

This is an optional activity that may lend a bit of prestige but doesn’t often result in increased sales. We do sometimes include blurbs on the back cover of books, though space is very limited so they must be few and short. To include a blurb on the back cover, we must receive it, with proper permission, no later than when you return your page proofs. Other spots where blurbs are used are on our website and in other marketing materials, such as brochures.

Can I reprint portions of my manuscript in a magazine or journal, or on a website?

You cannot reprint your book, or a portion of your book, without permission from A15 while the book is in print. Please contact Nate Carlson nate@a15publishing.com in our business office for information on permission to reprint. We tend to be sympathetic and generous to our authors.