We accept manuscripts for consideration for both traditional publishing and partnership publishing (subsidized publishing where the publisher and author share in the direct or indirect costs of publication and/or marketing). The number of books we publish in any year is limited by qualified submissions by authors and by the number of client-authors that we can service fully.
We are pursuing well-written material. It should be thoroughly proofread and edited for punctuation, clarity and organization to be considered. The manuscript does not need to be 'perfect' but it should relfect the author's best work and need little in the way of rewrites. Additionally, the author needs to be a good fit with Six Degrees Publishing Group or one of our other imprints. A good fit would be a person who is open to suggestion and constructive criticism, is communicative and readily available for consultations, is responsive, and, most of all, believes that his or her work is worth the time and effort to be successful.
By comparison, a self-publishing company or do-it-yourself (DIY) publishing company typically will accept all manuscripts, withholds feedback and quality assurance as to content, marketing, distribution suggestions, editing and layout. Some DIY companies offer a la carte services that the author can choose from. Unfortunately, authors are not always their own best critic and may not choose the right services for their particular circumstances. The DIY service provider is not always up front about what the author needs for his or her book and sometimes attempt to appease the author and make a sale.
A traditional publisher typically uses its resources to publish, promote, make the author known and controls all aspects of the book including cover price and content. With enormous overhead and return policies, traditional publishers are at high risk and therefore are unable to provide generous profit sharing or royalties.
Review the Submissions page of this web site and then email the publisher at publisher@SixDegreesPublishing.com a query letter/cover letter including a synopsis of your publication and the status of your manuscript. **** Do not include attachments; instead, paste the inquiry into the body of the mail.
What happens once my manuscript is accepted? What's the process?
Once you've been notified that we are accepting your manuscript, we will email you a checklist of specific steps and requirements for publication, a contract to review and set a time for a conference to go over questions and concerns.
All work must be original by the author. The author must attest that the works are his or her own and that he or she owns the rights to publish it. Manuscripts must be proofread and sufficiently edited for punctuation, grammar, organization and spelling. Manuscripts must be submitted in MS Word format by email or flash drive.
What guidelines do I need to adhere to?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of EPUB vs Adobe PDF?
PDF files are best suited for books that contain pictures or photographs. The PDF is a snapshot of your page. PDF books have page numbers. They work well with desktop computer monitors, but not as well on eReaders and Tablets because the reader must scroll the page, which can be cumbersome. EPUB files adapt to the format of the specific eReader and Tablet. The reader can zoom in and out. No page numbers exist. EPUB is the new standard in digital conversion to ebooks. At this time, it is best used for publications that do not use photographs. It is not appropriate for coffee table photo books.
Are you a self-publishing company or a traditional publisher?
How do I submit my manuscript for publication?
Royalties are negotiated based upon the type of publishing contract we enter into with you. If the contract is a "traditional" agreement, royalties are paid out based on a percentage of the net sales. The percentage is smaller than a subsidized contract because we, the publisher, would need to recoup our costs. This type of agreement works well when a book would sell at least twelve thousand copies.
When a partnership or subsidized contract is executed, this generally allows the return of a larger percent of royalties to the author. This negotiated royalty works on a "sliding" scale, depending upon the percentage of costs borne by each party. This works well when the book is expected to sell in the hundreds of books to a few thousand. The benefit to the author is that it allows the author to obtain professional publisher services based upon actual production and service costs.
The costs depend upon the manuscript length, condition of the formatting, printing expenses, distribution options and the time involved in preparing it for production. This method of publishing is best suited for authors who are confident in the appeal of their book to readers, know their market and need a publisher and mentor through the process and beyond. Authors typically keep a higher percentage of their royalties from the sales of their books.
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