THE WAY WE WORK
You may well have been in touch with the imprint publisher, but our "default" position is to run the business without the one-to-one relationship that publishers traditionally provide. The business is mostly run by authors, for authors, rather than full-time staff working in a central office. Instead, we provide information throughout the website, point you to the relevant bits at the right time, use automatic email notifications (nearly a hundred of them, covering everything from availability of contract, through the editorial, production, sale, marketing and PR stages - we send out more than a hundred a day), to authors and the editors/designers/marketing people scattered around North America/Europe (most of them authors who have come up through the system – it's something of a "collective"). We have the Author Forum for queries, where you should get an answer within a day or so. You should find it in the top right-hand corner of your screen when you log in. It is split between EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION (including a section on CONTRACT QUERIES), MARKETING AND PUBLICITY, SALES AND DISTRIBUTION. For technical questions relating to use of the Publishing Guide and Database, there's a section on TECHNICAL SUPPORT. Please see USING THE AUTHOR FORUM for a more detailed guide on posting a query.
There are also “closed” Facebook pages for different imprints, for authors and publishers to talk amongst themselves, supporting each other, helping out with endorsements, reviews, events, comments on manuscripts, discovering new sites/outlets and sharing the knowledge. These things are key to the way we work.
We have 10 separate sections, some of which are single imprints and some of which are groups of imprints or "clusters":
MBS cluster comprises 6th, Axis Mundi Books, Ayni Books, Dodona Books, Mantra Books, O-Books, Psyche Books, Soul Rocks, Sassy Books.
Fiction cluster comprises Cosmic Egg, Roundfire, Top Hat, Perfect Edge, Lodestone (YA).
Children's is Our Street Books.
Non-Fiction cluster comprises Business Books, Earth, Iff, Liberalis, Compass.
Christianity cluster comprises Circle, Christian Alternative.
Culture and Politics is Zer0 Books.
Paganism is Moon Books.
Transformation is Changemakers Books.
History is Chronos Books.
Books for Writers is Compass Books.
For authors - closed groups on Facebook
and for FB groups for readers- see John Hunt Publishing Blogs and Social Media Networks in Chapter 14.
On our database your title has seven pages, of varying length and importance – Book Details, Contract, Publishing Team, Production, Marketing, Financials and History.
These store information which is constantly updated – reader reports, book details, log history, notification history, production schedule, monthly sales, rights sold, marketing activities attempted and achieved, royalty payments etc., all visible to you, the author, and to all the other people working on your book (who are widely scattered around North America and Europe). You can also see much of what happens on other titles, but not their sales figures or personal author details, and you can trawl through the contacts and marketing database, adding new ones and making comments.
Each of the many sections in these pages has an explanatory help icon – ? help. These have a few sentences of copy, with a link to a more detailed explanation here in this Publishing Guide (available on the Database and publicly on the website). Grammatically, it follows our house style, so tends to use American spelling, though in practice we publish titles in the style most appropriate to their individual markets. It is work in progress, regularly changed and updated, in response to author suggestions and the changing market. We often refer to this Publishing Guide in the few dozen notifications that go out during the course of a title's production and sales, and on the author help forums.
For us and you
We can spend more time on the sales and marketing, rather than repeating the answers to the dozens or hundreds of queries that usually crop up on most titles, on anything from "what subject category should be the book be?" to "how can I get books to a conference in Chile?"
If you are coming to our database as a potential new author, and have entered a submission, you will have access to the Book Details page to enter a proposal. The information you enter here will be edited through the production process, and this page will end up as the essential repository for your “book details” – final title, author details, edited description, specification of the book, ISBN, price, etc. It will also be the place where new reviews are entered. The details on this page feed through to the website when it is “switched on” to “live”, which is when the publication date is set, and to databases around the world.
I have published eight books with JHP. Having worked in publishing for nearly thirty years, I thought I knew about publishers, but it’s been a revelation. It's transparent, honest, extraordinarily speedy, and as near democratic as a company can be. Despite all communication being on-line (not my natural habitat), it does feel like a real community. And the books look good. JHP seems to have worked out how to be a successful twenty-first-century publisher, without losing touch with what matters. Jennifer Kavanagh, author of A Little Book of Unknowing (Christian Alternative), The Emancipation of B (Roundfire), Journey Home (O Books), The Failure of Success (O Books), Small Change, Big Deal (Business Books), Simplicity Made Easy (Earth Books), New Light (Christian Alternative), and The World is My Cloister (Christian Alternative).
Many people have helped to bring Colin Crampton to life. First, there is the team of publishers, editors and publicists at John Hunt Publishing. As a veteran of 21 books with other publishers, I am amazed at how efficient they are. Peter Bartram, author of Headline Murder (Roundfire) and Stop Press Murder (Roundfire).
John Hunt publishing is ahead of its time. What I love about John Hunt Publishing is its transparency. I published my first book with John Hunt Publishing and I have now had six books published by them. I am completely happy with all aspects of this business which is why I have stayed with this company. Hilary H. Carter, author of The 11.11 Code (Ayni), The Chakras Made Easy (Ayni), New Life Stories (Ayni), No Name No Number (Axis Mundi), Number Woman (Axis Mundi), Numerology Made Easy (Dodona).
I am delighted with the look and the feel of them. I think the cover designer has done a magnificent job, as has everyone else connected with this project. I read the whole book through last night and was positively excited by what I read! The only minor flaws I detected were the repetition of the word 'that' at the end of line 14 on page 38 and my irritatingly unnecessary and gramatically faulty writing of the words 'far more' at the end of the last line on page 63. Otherwise it is all perfect – well, pretty close to that! Richard Oxtoby, author of Trouble with Christianity (Christian Alternative).
John Hunt Publishing is an amazing and innovative company unlike any publisher I have ever worked with. They respond quickly to queries, are transparent about all aspects of the publishing process, engage their authors in practical promotional activities, retain very creative and friendly staff, and are truly open to new ideas. This is the forefront of the publishing industry and I feel honored to work with them. My writing career would have stalled without them. John C. Robinson, author of The Three Secrets of Aging (O Books), Finding Heaven Here (O Books), Bedtime Stories for Elders (O Books), What Aging Men Want (Psyche), Breakthrough (Roundfire).
Could I just say how impressed I am by John Hunt Publishing. The cover of the book is brilliant and the speed of the publishing process puts other companies to shame. David Sunderland, author of These Chivalrous Brothers (Chronos).
I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to Dominic, Maria, Catherine, and the rest of the staff and management of Roundfire Books for everything they've done to make my new novel Fragile Brilliance become a published book. Everyone involved was so supportive of the book/manuscript from the beginning and I appreciated it so much. Everyone has treated me so well and treated me like a real author, which is something that really makes me feel special. I could not be more pleased with how the book looks and how it was marketed and distributed. My entire experience with you all has just been awesome! Eliot Parker, author of Fragile Brilliance (Roundfire).
Mentoring has been an absolutely invaluable help in getting my book ready for publishing. It can be difficult to spot mistakes and even trickier to know how to change them, but Maria Moloney is excellent at doing both! It’s clear how much work she puts into the edits, and I liked how she explained her reasons for changing things so that I knew how to correct similar errors later on. Thank you! Mary Johnson author of Boundary (Lodestone).
John Hunt Publishing has been such a fabulous experience with immediate results. My first book hit #2 in Beauty and Fashion category on Amazon and received international attention on news wires, websites and a mention in their quarterly newsletter. The book cover design is exceptional, while the production process is effective and speedy. But most of all their marketing team is incredible! Machel Shull, author of Middle Age Beauty (Ayni).
JHP makes available more information to its authors – print runs, monthly sales figures, marketing initiatives etc. – than probably any other publisher. It also pays royalties promptly when due. JHP has published two titles for me, and I'm very pleased with the result. Tim Heaton, author of Long Road to Heaven (Circle Books) and The Naturalist and the Christ (Circle Books).
Having come from another publisher, I found JHP's approach to publishing a breath of fresh air. The whole production process is entirely transparent (and what a relief this is); all the dates, stages, missing pieces etc. etc. are on the company database visible equally to author and production team alike. No more wondering. No more need for phone calls to the publisher which begin, 'didn't we agree that...' All in all, an intelligent system intelligently run by committed professionals: it works. Michael Tobert, author of Cryptogram (Cosmic Egg).
Most of all, I enjoy the responsiveness. If the editors agree to read your manuscript, you can be assured of a response within a month from three experts with specific comments and critiques. That same teamwork and transparency continues throughout the production and marketing processes. I couldn't be happier with my choice. Michael Burnam, author of The Last Stop (Lodestone).
JHP is a straightforward, honest, and helpful publisher for an author. With two books accepted by them and many questions, JHP has always responded very promptly and been extremely helpful. Barbara Tako, author of Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools (O Books) and Clutter Clearing Choices (O Books).
I wholeheartedly recommend Krystina Kellingley as a mentor. After I signed a contract with John Hunt Publishing, I elected to work with Krystina on a monthly basis to refine the writing on my young adult science fiction manuscript. Before seeking mentorship, I’d work-shopped my manuscript, had numerous reader critiques, edited and rewrote on my own for years. All of these processes were helpful, but during my time with Krystina I grew faster than any other experience. She perceptively diagnosed issues that made my writing inaccessible to the reader and she offered practical strategies for me to address them. Many of her critiques revealed my ‘blind spots’, problems that I did not notice on my own. I also felt that aside from excelling as a teacher, she took a personal interest in my progress as a writer. I remain grateful for her wealth of invaluable advice. Sarah Bergstrom, author of Desert Dwellers Born By Fire (Lodestone).
Efficient, dispenses with overhead and general nonsense, and empowering for authors. Bernardo Kastrup, author of Brief Peeks Beyond (Iff Books), Why Materialism is Baloney (Iff Books), Rationalist Spirituality (Iff Books), Dreamed Up Reality (Iff Books), Meaning in Absurdity (Iff Books), More Than Allegory (Iff Books).
The John Hunt Publishing system allows for transparent and continuous correspondence with the team responsible for publishing your book. It also offers the author complete engagement with every aspect of book publishing. From the initial manuscript feedback to copyedits and cover design, to endorsements, marketing and sales. Steve Naish, author of U.ESS.AY: Politics and Humanity in American Film (Zero Books).
I've felt incredibly supported from day one; between the extensive, clearly organized website and the responsive Facebook author group, I've always felt in-the-loop and like I'm a valued part of the publishing process, not just a number on their accounting sheets. Laura Perry, author of Ariadne’s Thread (Moon Books).
Moon Books publishes books that are about great ideas. In addition to being my publisher they form a community of caring people who supportand suggest and share information that encourages me. Dorothy Abrams, author of Identity and the Quartered Circle (Moon Books).
As a first-time author Moon Books made me feel valued, supported and part of what was happening and I still do. Yvonne Ryves, author of Web of Life (Moon Books).
Being a Moon Books Author is like having another big friendly family! Brendan Howlin, author of Handbook of Urban Druidry (Moon Books).
As the publishing landscape has continued to evolve, I feel so fortunate to be published with John Hunt Publishing. They have managed to maintain a traditional sensibility with an approach that enables the author to participate in all aspects of the process. From the very first day I sent in my proposal, all the way through the manuscript and publicity phases, communication has been clear and professional. The author manual is incredibly helpful and manages to be highly detailed but easy to navigate. Continuously mindful of the challenges authors face today, they are setting the new standard for the future of publishing. I'm honored to work with their wonderful team of dedicated and friendly staff. Alicia Garey, author of What a Blip (Soul Rocks).
I felt very lucky to have Krystina Kellingley as my editor and mentor. She is a sensitive and intuitive professional with broad vision and a huge knowledge in creative writing. Krystina is a visionary who has the ability of traveling deeply inside the story as if she were one of the characters. All this ensures a high quality on her work. F. T. Camargo, author of Shanti and the Magic Mandala (Lodestone).
Well-organized and highly thorough, John Hunt's Publishing Guide was an indispensable tool for me as an author to answer all my questions during the process of getting my book published. Moshe Daniel Block, author of Breakthrough Healing (Psyche).
The Publishing Guide is comprehensive and easy to understand, which means that I know exactly what to expect at each stage of the process. Cheryl Smith, author of Being Mrs Smith (O Books).
So thankful for John Hunt's comprehensive and well-thought-out Publishing Guide with step-by-step instructions and an intuitive interface. Mariah Mckenzie, author of More (O Books).