Frequently Asked Questions

SUBMISSIONS

Can I submit a book for consideration even if it is not completed yet?
Yes, but we will not be able to review or edit your manuscript until all contracting is completed, which includes the receipt of all contributor agreements for your book.

How long before I hear whether my book has been accepted for publication?
Please allow up to five weeks for your proposal to be evaluated. We will contact you via the email address you sent as soon as a decision is made.

 

EDITING, FORMATS, ISBN

If my book is accepted for publications, who copy edits my manuscript?
Authors are expected to deliver a clean manuscript, as we provide only basic copy editing. It is your responsibility to submit a manuscript that has been copyedited by a professional copy editor. We can provide names of copyeditors for hire.

Can my book be published as an eBook (Kindle, iBook, etc.)
In most cases, all books published by Sulis International are also released in eBook formats for Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Nook. Usually, these are available for purchase on the same day as the print book. Most will also be available for purchase and download from our website.

Do I need to purchase an ISBN?
We provide you with an ISBN.

Who designs the cover for my book?
We take sole responsibility for the development of cover designs for the books we publish. Our designers take into account our publication style and the content of your book. If you have ideas or concepts in mind, feel free to submit them to us.

 

PUBLICATION

How long before my book appears in print?
There are many variables particular to each project and the number of projects we are working on. With a clean manuscript, we generally 3-5 months, but some books can take up to 6 or 7 months.

How is my book distributed?
We supply our print books to Amazon.com (worldwide) Ingram (worldwide), Barnes and Noble. (We cannot guarantee that a book will be stocked in brick and mortar stores. However, the book will be available in their online catalogs. Likewise, we can make some titles available for purchase by libraries, but whether they choose to purchase them is their decision.)
eBooks are distributed through the Apple iBooks Store, Kindle Store, Kobo, Nook, and Ingram.

How long will the book remain in print?
Modern printing technology allows books to remain active and in print forever, even if the book only sells a few copies.

PRICING AND ROYALTIES

How is the retail price set?
We set the retail price of your book based on page count, content, and intended audience.

When do I receive royalties?
Sales reports and royalty checks are mailed on an annual basis. Reports include monthly sales, categorized by sales channel, medium (print or eBook), and, where available, by country of purchase.

Can I obtain discounts for copies of my books?
Yes, authors receive between 30- 50% discount on their printed books. (No royalties are paid on discounted books).

 

PROMOTION

When do you market my book?
The marketing process begins once we have a firm publication date.

Will you contact me about marketing?
Our marketers will contact you before the book is published. After that initial discussion, they will not contact you again unless they have questions. You are free to contact us with questions, ideas, or information. You are free, of course, to market your book as you wish.

What can I do to market my book?
If you do not already have one, set up an author page for yourself at Amazon’s Author Central and Facebook Page (not your personal account). We encourage our authors to set up their own blogs on WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr. Consider social media as well: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc.

Can I sell my book myself?
You may purchase your book at up 50% discount and set your selling price as you wish. These purchases are nonreturnable, and you receive no royalties on discounted books.

Where do you advertise my book?
We advertise all published titles online on our website, blogs, newsletter, and social media with periodic campaigns and banner ads. For some titles, we advertise in other publications.

If you wish to place a paid ad, at your cost, in a specific journal, magazine, or online, we will be happy to design and deliver the ad at no cost.

Do you send review copies of my book to publications who publish book reviews?
Our marketers make review copy decisions based on the genre and content of your book, our past work with reviewers, and your input.  We send review copies to all official requests from established journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. If you have personal connections at established promotional channels, encourage them to contact us to request a review copy.

Sulis International

Publisher of selection nonfiction & fiction

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