Publishing Guide - Introduction

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In this section:

    For authors

    We are a dynamic, forward-looking independent publisher that welcomes unsolicited manuscripts.

    We have published around 1,500 authors over the last twenty years, and well over 2,000 books. Nearly 100 of our authors have published with us three times or more, with some in or approaching double figures.

    • We publish established writers and break through new voices.
    • We build communities. They vary from Moon Books FB page on paganism, to a free MBS magazine, with many other initiatives along the way.
    • We provide reader reports, editing, worldwide distribution, marketing and publicity, sales through first-class sales teams to bricks-and-mortar shops worldwide and all online accounts, as standard for all titles.
    • Our four contracts offer 25% on ebooks, and 10-25% on print books.
    • If we like a title but feel the market is limited or difficult, and/or the title is expensive on the design front, a small subsidy from the author may be required – only around 15% of our titles require one. Subsidies vary across the imprints, but are more prevalent in fiction.
    • Our ethos is transparency. We to work through our innovative database to guide and support you through the publishing process, offering you real-time data on marketing and sales.

    Are you looking to publish a book?

    Firstly we invite you to submit an inquiry. If we like it, we invite you to submit a full proposal.

    Is your manuscript ready to submit? Click here!

    The benefits for an author

    • Publishing enquiries are typically dealt with within three days rather than the three months publishing average.
    • You get proposal feedback from several people rather than one.
    • Contracts are usually issued within a week or two of the Proposal rather than negotiated over another three months.
    • Production is faster than usual, taking an average of just three months from manuscript to finished files. Books can be made available for your own use at any time after that, but we do need ten months from finished files to publication to allow time to get into distributor and retailer catalogues, and for the reps to contact shops around the world with the finished product.
    • We work with over 70 sales reps worldwide.
    • Royalties are competitive on both print books and ebooks.
    • Distribution and sales is international rather than national.
    • Monthly sales are available for you to see, along with your marketing.
    • Access to thousands of industry contacts via our shared Contacts Database.
    • Access to author communities, discussions and help forums.
    • The way we work allows us to spend more on sales, marketing and social networking, so we can publish more good titles, and good titles support each other in the market.

    We are a member of the Association of American Publishers and the Independent Publishers Guild, the trade body for independent publishers in the UK.

    For bookstores

    John Hunt Publishing Ltd. brings out a couple of hundred or so titles a year across a wide variety of subjects, under different imprints. We started in the early 2000s in the Mind Body Spirit area with O-Books, and that has spun off a number of more specialist imprints:

    We publish internationally. Sales are handled by:

    • National Book Network in the USA and Canada
    • Quantum in the UK
    • Durnell Marketing in Europe and Ireland
    • Publishers International Marketing in Asia
    • Brumby in Australia

    Currently, half our authors are from N. America, with the rest from the UK and around the world.

    • The imprints are grouped into ten clusters on the website here.
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    • Download our new catalogues here.

    Which imprint is right for my book?

    Do you have a suggestion?

    Whether you are an author with us or not, feel free to browse this guide and any of our public forums/resources.

    If you have any suggestions for improvements to the copy in this Publishing Guide, we would love to hear from you. If you are one of our authors, please use one of the closed author groups or the Author Forum; if not, you can contact us through the website

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