Frequently Asked Questions

Posted in /One Body Press on 2013-06-16 13:31:39

We are an emerging publishing company. In an industry with as many publishers as there are writers, it can be difficult to find the right publisher for you. Please look through our FAQ and if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Q: How do I send you my book?

R: Please take a look at our submissions page for details on the process we use for deciding what books to publish. We ask that you adhere to our procedures. I’m sorry, but we cannot open attachments or review unsolicited manuscripts.

Q: What kind of Royalties do you give?

R: Royalties are negotiated on a per contract basis. We cannot disclose the amount of royalties paid from one author to the next, but we do go by the industry average. Our royalties are paid on the gross price vice net price of the book (ie, royalties are calculated from the retail price of the book).

Q: Why do you require exclusivity?

R: We are still a small company and reviewing manuscripts takes a lot of time and energy. We would be disappointed if we took the time to thoroughly review a manuscript only to be told you are going with another publisher. We promise to have an answer as soon as we can.

Q: Why can’t I send my proposal as an attachment?

R: Since book proposals are unsolicited and from unfamiliar addresses, it is not possible to differentiate between a valid book proposal and a virus or worm. Therefore, we ask that you include the book proposal in its entirety in the body of the e-mail.

Q: How long will I have to wait to hear from you?

R: Please understand we aim to be thorough and give your proposal and/or manuscript all due diligence. Therefore we ask you give us one to two weeks to review your book proposal and two to four weeks to review your manuscript. If you have not heard from us by then, please drop us a line and follow up.

Q: Do I need a Literary Agent?

R: An agent is a great thing to have and we encourage you to get represented by one. However, we do not require that you have a literary agent to publish your book. Simply follow our submission procedures, and if we like your manuscript we will issue you a contract!

Q: What is a reserve?

R: Like most publishers that accept returns from booksellers, we retain a reasonable reserve against returns. Our royalty statements clearly indicate the amount of the reserve, and how any previous reserve has been applied. Any reserve amount not applied to returns is liquidated on a semi-annual basis.