Publishing System User Manual
+ - CHAPTER 1: THE PROPOSAL
+ - CHAPTER 2: THE BOOK
+ - CHAPTER 3: THE MARKET
+ - CHAPTER 4: MORE PROPOSAL DETAIL
+ - CHAPTER 5: CATEGORIES AND METADATA
+ - CHAPTER 6: THE CONTRACT
+ - CHAPTER 7: AUTHOR SERVICES
+ - CHAPTER 8: EDITORIAL
WORKFLOW SECTIONS
PREPARING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
UPLOADING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
AUTHOR STYLESHEET
COVER
COPYEDITING
PROOFS
EBOOK
PRINTING
+ - CHAPTER 9: MARKETING
+ - CHAPTER 10: CONTACTS DATABASE
+ - CHAPTER 11: MARKETING ACTIVITIES
+ - CHAPTER 12: ONLINE SALES AND AMAZON
+ - CHAPTER 13: ONLINE MARKETING SERVICES
+ - CHAPTER 14: SOCIAL MEDIA
+ - CHAPTER 15: BLOGS
+ - CHAPTER 16: SALES & ORDERING
+ - CHAPTER 17: ROYALTIES AND FINANCE
+ - APPENDICES
+ - CHAPTER (to follow)
+ - CHAPTER (to follow)

PUBLISHING TIMELINE

Below is our publishing timeline in more detail:

1. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

a. Inquiry submitted.

b. Declined, or moved to Proposal.

c. Proposal Submitted.

d. Proposal Out For Review. Several Reader Reports.

e. Declined, or Contract offered.

Usual timeframe: 2 weeks.

2. EDITORIAL AND DESIGN

a. Manuscript uploaded onto Production page by author.

b. Copyediting (or heavy edit/writing advice* if that option has been taken).

c. Copyedit returned to author for approval (last opportunity to add Endorsements and last chance for changes); final check on Profile, Description, Keywords, Categories.

d. Interior design and draft front cover.

e. Proofreading.

f. Full cover (can’t be started until interior design and hence page-length is finalized).

g. Final cover and interior files.

For more information see WORKFLOW SECTIONS.

Usual timeframe: 3 months.

3. MARKETING COPY

Material for Marketing page prepared – Edited Description, AI/tipsheet, press release prepared (not for every title, depends on the book, publisher and the publicist) – this can’t be started until the final cover and interior files are finalized and locked.

Usual timeframe: 2 weeks.

4. PRE-SALES AND MARKETING

a. Info sent to the trade and sales reps.

b. Book appears on JHP/imprint website. Your book will appear on our website within four to six weeks of the publication date being set. If it does not, please contact Beccy Conway via the Author Forum, SALES & DISTRIBUTION: OTHER QUERIES.

c. Info to trade journals (they work 6-9 months ahead).

d. Selected titles sent to NBN catalogues (they work 6-9 months ahead).

e. Author free copies printed.

Usual timeframe: 2.5 months.

5. PRE-ORDER

a. Books available for pre-order from trade and online, worldwide (for copies for personal use, see ORDERING).

b. Reps start selling (chain buyers work 6+ months ahead).

c. Marketing activities get into full flow (particularly signing sessions which can take time to arrange – major stores can be booked 6-12 months ahead).

d. If you have requested it, paid-for PR* will start here; publicist in contact with author and enters plan on Marketing page.

Usual timeframe: 3 months.

Throughout the process: we encourage engagement with our Author and Reader FB pages, and building your social media contacts and your overall “platform”.

6. PRINTING AND PUBLICATION

a. 3 months before publication – Standard PR starts, publicist enters plan on Marketing page.

b. 2 months before publication – books in warehouses (see ORDERING).

c. 1 month before publication – ebook distributed and available for pre-order.

Usual timeframe: 3 months.

APPROX 1 YEAR IN TOTAL, FROM INQUIRY TO PUBLICATION

7. AFTER PUBLICATION

a. Sales are added to the Financial page a month in arrears.

b. 3-month review – see Marketing/Introduction.

c. ebook promotions, dependent on number of good Amazon reviews.

d. Every time a book reaches another 500 copies more PR is triggered – see Marketing/Introduction.

*payment from author involved