How does Bacon Press Books work exactly?
We work with our authors through all stages of publishing and promoting their books. We have several excellent, experienced freelance editors and designers we work with regularly. They provide editing, proofing, cover design, interior lay-out, and eBook conversion. Our authors contract with each one separately. We don’t quote prices---we leave that up to the freelancers, knowing they try to keep their prices reasonable and deliver high-quality work. Pricing is based on what needs to be done. We also have several publicists and public relations professionals we work with if an author is interested.
Are you a “vanity publisher”?
No. Definitely not. We do not charge a fee to publish (but as mentioned above, the author does pay our freelance editor, cover designer, and interior designer). The author keeps copyright and all subsidiary rights. We do not take every manuscript that is sent to us. And while the author is included in all steps of the process, we won’t publish a book that doesn't meet the high publishing standards we’ve set for Bacon Press Books. The real label for what we do is still up for debate. Partnership publishing comes closest since we work together with our authors to produce and promote their books and share some of the post-publication costs.
We'd offer advances if we could, but right now that's not possible. In order to make sure authors are compensated for their hard work, we offer 75% of net revenues and 10 free copies. Authors can purchase additional copies at 40% off list for paperback.
There is no upselling. We go over costs in detail before we offer a contract. There are no surprises or hidden fees.
Why shouldn’t I just do it myself?
That’s a question you’ll need to answer. There are some writers who don’t want to spend their time on all the details. It’s not rocket science--anyone can learn to do it. In fact, we’re happy to walk you through the process if you want to do it yourself.
But we believe that while writing is a solitary process, publishing isn’t. Whether you do it yourself or work with us, you will still need to call on professionals if you want your book to read well and look good. Working with us you have the benefit of a team that is already vetted and can make the process go more smoothly.
What kinds of books do you accept?
We have increased our focus on our main goal - to help authors who have already published in hardcover release those books in paperback and eBook. We also reissue books that have gone out of print.
For the next several months, we will not be accepting original fiction. Not because we don't love to help emerging authors, we do. But until we start working with a distributor, we don't believe we can get those books the exposure they deserve.
None of this is written in stone. If you've got a great book and think we'd be the perfect fit, contact us anyway.
What should I send? Cover letter? Synopsis? First chapter? The whole manuscript?
Please send a brief letter telling us about your book (briefly) and why you're interested in publishing it. Maybe why you'd like to publish with Bacon Press Books. Please don't send a synopsis, chapters, or a whole manuscript. We prefer to start a conversation first, before we take a look at your work.
Just a note. If we decide not to take your book, in most cases we will not provide detailed comments on your work. Not because we don't care. But because we know another publisher may see things differently. We want authors to find the best home for their books.
How long does publishing take?
One to two months longer than you think it will when you start out. We say that from experience. Something always happens to cause a delay. But it often depends on how much editing your manuscript needs. Figure three to six months just to be safe.
Do you provide ISBNs? Library of Congress numbers?
Yes. We provide ISBNs for print and any digital formats and we file for the LOC number. The author files for copyright.
Do you publish print and eBooks simultaneously?
We leave that decision up to the author. We have the files formatted for both print and eBook so that they can be released at the same time, but some authors prefer to have the paperback out for a few weeks before releasing the eBook.
How do you print and distribute?
We use print on demand (POD). Right now we rely on Amazon’s Createspace and Ingram’s Lightning Source or Ingram Spark for paperback printing and distribution. We use Amazon’s Kindle Direct for eBooks. It’s up to the author whether we also use Smashwords,Spark or some other eBook distributor.
How often do you report sales/royalties? How often do you pay royalties?
We're trying out different systems. Right now we're reporting monthly.
How much marketing/promoting do you do?
As much as we can. It’s a partnership---we’re in it together. We’re as eager for your book to succeed as you are, so we use everything we have available. Social media, press releases, email. But . . .
We rely on authors to be actively engaged in finding their audience.
There really is a “long tail” when it comes to getting your book noticed. It might take 6 months, it might take a year. We’re in for as long as it takes. As long as you’re working with us to help your book get discovered.
I’ve got a hardback copy of my book but no longer have the manuscript, can it be turned into a paperback and eBook?
Yes. We have just started working with a good book scanning company,