How to write a book deal with the best publishers
By Emily GlynnThe best publishers are always looking for the next big thing, but when it comes to getting your book published, the best one can usually be found in a bookshop.
But can the best publisher find the next great book for you?
We spoke to a number of top publishers about the process of finding a deal for your next book.1.
Wiley Publishing House1.
What is Wiley?
Wiley is the UK’s leading publisher of romance and children’s books.
They have a thriving imprint in both the UK and the US and are currently publishing four novels in the top five best-selling books in the US.2.
Why did you choose HarperCollins?
HarperCollins is a huge publisher in the UK.
We have a number and genres of titles in the Top Ten of the best-seller list, and have published the bestseller titles of both the US as well as the UK, and we are delighted to be the publisher of the next four books in this trilogy.3.
Simon & Schuster4.
How much does it cost to publish your book?
We pay about £3,000 to publish a book, which is in addition to the usual royalty fees.
We are pleased to be able to offer a discount to our booksellers on our own website.5.
Harper Collins Publishing House6.
What does it take to publish the best books in our industry?
It is hard to find a bookseller who is not looking for a bargain.
We aim to find the very best authors in the world, who are eager to be discovered and are looking for opportunities to publish.
The most difficult part is deciding what to publish first, but that is something we do not take lightly.7.
Where does your deal come from?
We set up a deal with Wiley to publish four of our novels, The First One, The Last One, and The Second One.
Wishing for a good deal in every market is a great feeling.
We wanted to ensure that our bestsellers in the best markets, the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, were not overshadowed by those from the UK or other major markets.
W&K is an independent publisher and the publishers are in a partnership with W&W.8.
How do you decide which books will be published first?
We look at a wide range of factors, including: our market and location, our quality, our target readership, our ability to produce the books we want, and our negotiating skills.
We then set out our criteria for each book.9.
How does your company handle the publishing of your book in the EU?
W&K does not publish in the European Union.
However, we do have a contract with one of the major publishers in the region, Wiedenski-Kern-Warner.
The publisher of The Last Book in our trilogy, HarperCollins, has been a great partner and we look forward to having the best and most ambitious title in our line-up in the coming years.10.
What’s your take on the publishing model in the digital age?
Wiedenskiern-Warners is a well-known publishing house in Germany, which has been in business for more than 60 years.
We work closely with Wiedenburg Publishing House to ensure we can deliver the best possible digital book, and that is what we are doing in the next book in this series.11.
How long does it usually take to book a book?
The process is simple: you send a proposal for the title of the book, your contact details and a copy of your manuscript.
We look at all of the relevant data, including the titles you are interested in, the market and your contact and reputation levels, to find what’s best for you.12.
Will you publish the book in any particular market?
It depends on how you are going to book your book.
The UK market is very lucrative for writers and publishers, and is probably the most important market in the book business in the United Kingdom.
We can provide you with advice and guidance on what works for you in that market.13.
Do you pay royalties?
All our authors receive a royalty of about 20 per cent of the retail price of the books they produce.
However there are certain special payments available to writers and authors who have made a significant contribution to the industry.14.
What are the publishing fees for each of the titles in your trilogy?
In The Last Two, we will publish The First Book and The Last Part, with an average royalty of approximately £1,000 per book.15.
How many books do you expect to publish in total?
We are expecting to publish eight books in The Last Three and nine in The First Three.16.
How are you planning to publish The Last First Book?
We have had an exciting couple of years, but we are still very much in the process.