Marquette Books may be able to help. We offer three options to authors: the Publisher-Directed Contract, the Author-Directed Contract, and Printing Services.
This option is similar to the contracts offered at big publishing houses, which usually offer royalties of 10% to 12% of net sales.
Under the Publisher-Directed Contract, Marquette Books pays all costs, including consulting, obtaining ISBN and Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data, editing, cover design, formatting, printing, distribution and marketing. The author receives five free copies of the book and may purchase additional copies for 50 percent off the retail price. In exchange, the author usually transfers the copyright to Marquette Books, but this is negotiable.
Marquette Books offers the Publisher-Directed Contract to authors of academic books and to authors of trade books (i.e., fiction and nonfiction books that typically are sold in book stores) that have strong marketing potential and/or literary value. For this contract, Marquette Books seeks "how-to" books, college textbooks, some memoirs and historical fiction, and nonfiction books that attempt to solve problems.
Like the Publisher-Directed Contract, the Author-Directed Contract pays the author a royalty and requires Marquette Books to pay all costs of producing, distributing and marketing the book. But the key advantage with the Author-Directed Contract is that it allows the author retain the copyright to his or her work.
In exchange, the author agrees to purchase a minimum number of copies of the book (usually 250) at 50 percent off the retail price. He or she is free to sell or give them away; there are no restrictions.
Some authors of fiction books prefer this contract because they retain the copyright and, thus, can sell the rights to another publisher at anytime. Marquette Books benefits because it doesn't lose money on the project (most trade books, by the way, do lose money) and can continue to market and promote the book as it does its other books. The author usually earns a 15% royalty on all net sales.
By the way, the Author-Directed option typically costs authors 50%-75% less than self-publishing or contracting with a "vanity press" (publishers who charge authors for all services). Books that are accepted in the Author-Directed program are put on the fast track. Most are published in less than six months.
Like any other printing company, Marquette Books can also print your books to your specifications. If your book is already designed and you already have a marketing and distribution plan in place, this option might be the best for you. It is less expensive than the Author-Directed Contract. Call us for a bid.
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To learn more, contact us at the address below, or send a prospectus of your book along with a chapter or two (see guidelines for prospective below). A prospectus should contain information about the author(s), including phone numbers and addresses, and a brief abstract or summary of the book. Other information, such as who might be the prospective buyers or audience for the book, is also helpful. If you want the material returned, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
We will respond quickly to your submission, generally within two weeks. You are under no obligation to publish with us.
Please include all of the following in your book proposal:
1) Suggested title and subtitle
What is the book about and what is its purpose? Include a description of the people, organizations, issues, technologies, and products that will be covered; explain the organization of the book and any special or unique features, and describe the approach you will take to make it as useful and interesting as possible. Include your estimate on the length of the book (approx. word count).
3) Preliminary Table of Contents
Include information about illustrations, photos, charts, graphs, tables, screenshots, etc., which you would plan to include in the book, if any.
5) Readership information
Who will buy the book, and why? Include your estimate of the size of the primary markets for the book and suggestions on where/how to reach them (associations, publications, events, Web sites, etc.). If your book will appeal to the readership of one or more of our journals or books, make this point. It helps in this section to know of any success stories for similar books, with sales data where available. Describe the role you would expect to play in the marketing and promotion of the book. If you have an opinion as to an appropriate price range for the book, let us know.
List a few competitive titles, and describe some success stories with sales information as available. If you have found nothing similar, describe the sources you have searched. Some competition is desirable because it suggests an established market for your book; where there is considerable competition, there should be significant and easily expressed differences between your book and others. It is helpful to mention books that, while having a similar mission, are weak in certain specific areas where yours will be particularly strong.
7) Author biography (narrative format); copies of related work
Why are you qualified to write this book? Describe yourself, and any applicable writing and professional experience (attach resume or CV if desired). Include a copy of any published article(s) or book(s) you have authored that you believe will help us to assess your writing ability and fitness for the proposed project. Include SASE if you wish us to return the material.
When would you deliver a manuscript, assuming an agreement is reached within 30 days of your proposal submission?
Proposals typically run between 2 and 5 pages; length is not important so long as the proposal clearly explains the concept and its viability. In addition to your proposal, feel free to include the first three chapters if already written. Do not send the entire manuscript unless requested to do so.